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News Disney to relax mask policy at Walt Disney World theme parks

legwand77

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I think it’s very dependent on where you are living. Where I am everyone still generally masks up inside stores. And kids are still wearing masks in schools. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to think Disney has the same protocols at this time.

Furthermore some people would probably feel less at ease without safety protocols at a crowded place with people from all over like WDW than they do at their local grocery store.

Note: personally I don’t care if WDW got rid of masks ASAP. Wouldn’t worry or bother me if I were there. But I think some here are overselling how commonplace it is that mask mandates have stopped. There still a lot of places that have them in place and a lot of people who would feel uncomfortable without them indoors.
Considering most all other parks are not requiring masks indoors leads to most guests not expecting masks to be required indoors
 

MansionButler84

Well-Known Member
In the Parks
No
I understand, unfortunately, splash pads are going to be returning. But also water features on water rides! Apparently, new science suggests the water sprayer on Splash only spreads amoebic dysentery, not Covid!
And three days later, the Epcot splash pad by M:S is open to rinse off the snot from the M:S Discovery Zone playset! Book your park reservations!
 

doctornick

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Considering most all other parks are not requiring masks indoors leads to most guests not expecting masks to be required indoors
Most people going to WDW aren't paying any attention to what other parks are doing. It's not like some couple from Chicago is going to look at Sea World's mask policy when they are planning their WDW trip.

What people are looking at is what is happening around them. A lot of places in this country still require - or at least strongly encourage - mask use indoors. My children are all still wearing masks all day at school; it doesn't seem unreasonable to expect WDW to have similar policies.
 
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MansionButler84

Well-Known Member
In the Parks
No
The Disney Store will allow the vaccinated to shop maskless (so, effectively no one needs a mask in practice).

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drnilescrane

Active Member
The Disney Store will allow the vaccinated to shop maskless (so, effectively no one needs a mask in practice).
Which makes this thread amusing, because in the non unionized stores it shows exactly where Disney’s intentions lie on the matter. My understanding is that the hold up has been getting a new union agreeement around safety measures going forward, both on and off stage. That should be resolved at WDW in the next week - CMs are very much over enforcing a rule that applies nowhere else for the average guest. They just want the right to be able to keep wearing theirs as long as they feel more comfortable doing so (and probably not to be forced to be vaccinated or disclose their status).
 
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doctornick

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The Disney Store will allow the vaccinated to shop maskless (so, effectively no one needs a mask in practice).

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Hmmm. I read that as "all childen 2-11 require face coverings in addition to everyone over 12 who is not vaccinated". I don't see how that's "effectively no one" - in practicality, sure, few adults might end up wearing a mask since you wouldn't expect all who are unvaccinated to do so but if an establish really wanted to make due this rule is followed.... the only real way would be to require everyone to wear masks (since they cannot determine vaccination status, nor would it be practical anyway).

Now, I'm not saying that an establishment needs to require "all unvaccinated need to wear masks" but if they want to be following that - and it is the CDC guidelines at this time - the only effective way is just to continue to require masks for everyone. I don't know what Disney will do but given how conservative they have been on this issue, I'd personally be surprised if they stop indoor mask wear at least for a little while
 

MansionButler84

Well-Known Member
In the Parks
No
Hmmm. I read that as "all childen 2-11 require face coverings in addition to everyone over 12 who is not vaccinated". I don't see how that's "effectively no one" - in practicality, sure, few adults might end up wearing a mask since you wouldn't expect all who are unvaccinated to do so but if an establish really wanted to make due this rule is followed.... the only real way would be to require everyone to wear masks (since they cannot determine vaccination status, nor would it be practical anyway).

Now, I'm not saying that an establishment needs to require "all unvaccinated need to wear masks" but if they want to be following that - and it is the CDC guidelines at this time - the only effective way is just to continue to require masks for everyone. I don't know what Disney will do but given how conservative they have been on this issue, I'd personally be surprised if they stop indoor mask wear at least for a little while
Everywhere that has said “no masks for the vaccinated” means “for anyone” and they are well aware of that. This is clear notice of the company’s intentions.
 
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Chi84

Premium Member
Hmmm. I read that as "all childen 2-11 require face coverings in addition to everyone over 12 who is not vaccinated". I don't see how that's "effectively no one" - in practicality, sure, few adults might end up wearing a mask since you wouldn't expect all who are unvaccinated to do so but if an establish really wanted to make due this rule is followed.... the only real way would be to require everyone to wear masks (since they cannot determine vaccination status, nor would it be practical anyway).

Now, I'm not saying that an establishment needs to require "all unvaccinated need to wear masks" but if they want to be following that - and it is the CDC guidelines at this time - the only effective way is just to continue to require masks for everyone. I don't know what Disney will do but given how conservative they have been on this issue, I'd personally be surprised if they stop indoor mask wear at least for a little while
You're assuming that the establishment "really wants" the rule to be followed and that they feel responsible for enforcing it. That's not what I'm seeing where I live. Stores were definitely enforcing mask-wearing when it was required by law, but now that we're just talking about CDC guidelines, stores are just putting up signs. I can guarantee you they aren't looking to enforce masks on 2-year-olds when adults aren't wearing them.
 

ppete1975

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No way there are enough of those to make a material difference. He's looking at all APs. I would be surprised to see APs return at WDW, and even if they do, I'd look for them to be replaced with some kind of membership system like whatever DLR ends up with.
at disneyland theres a huge percentage of youtubers bloggers and people that go almost daily... world is much more vacation oriented
 

helenabear

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No way there are enough of those to make a material difference. He's looking at all APs. I would be surprised to see APs return at WDW, and even if they do, I'd look for them to be replaced with some kind of membership system like whatever DLR ends up with.
DLR & WDW are totally different beasts when it comes to APs
 

Tom P.

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Regarding children, I think it is well known at this point that the CDC is going to issue updated guidance for them in the near future that basically says they children younger than 12, who can't be vaccinated at this point, don't really need to be wearing masks in school. Walensky herself basically said as much on TV. The exact timing of that update is uncertain, but it's coming. Now, while the CDC may focus specifically on schools, that is essentially going to be the final shoe to drop. If children and adults can be congregated together in a school all day long without masks, it makes no sense what-so-ever to require them to wear them when making a trip to Walmart or going on a ride at Disney. And no one is going to enforce masks on young children at that point, if they are even enforcing them now.
 

MansionButler84

Well-Known Member
In the Parks
No
Regarding children, I think it is well known at this point that the CDC is going to issue updated guidance for them in the near future that basically says they children younger than 12, who can't be vaccinated at this point, don't really need to be wearing masks in school. Walensky herself basically said as much on TV. The exact timing of that update is uncertain, but it's coming. Now, while the CDC may focus specifically on schools, that is essentially going to be the final shoe to drop. If children and adults can be congregated together in a school all day long without masks, it makes no sense what-so-ever to require them to wear them when making a trip to Walmart or going on a ride at Disney. And no one is going to enforce masks on young children at that point, if they are even enforcing them now.
Yes. It appears they just want to let this school year end first, which I understand since they get the positive publicity but also effectively push off the issue a couple months.

It‘s worth remembering that it was school guidance that reduced distancing from 6 ft to 3 ft and everyone ran with that. They never said “3 feet is good enough between restaurant tables” but we are seeing that anyway.

What is safe enough for kids is safe enough for everyone.
 

jaklgreen

Well-Known Member
Really looking forward to a maskless trip come August, although the tough part really was the outdoor masks in September last year, really brutal and I made great use of the relaxation stations :joyfull:
Same. I made 3 trips since reopening and the mask wearing as it got hotter, got harder. My last trip a few weeks ago, I spent less time in the parks because it just got to be too much. And I wear a mask all day at work so am used to masks. But add the heat and humidity and it starts to get to you. I am going again for the 50th and am so looking forward to a more normal WDW.
 

doctornick

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Everywhere that has said “no masks for the vaccinated” means “for anyone” and they are well aware of that. This is clear notice of the company’s intentions.

Just to be clear about my point: I totally get that "no masks for vaccinated" essentially means that almost no one will wear a mask... in a store or restaurant or such. I'm not sure you can extrapolate that to WDW though. If a store doesn't bother to enforce a mask policy, no one care or will do anything about it. It's just a CYA posting that is meaningless.

But WDW is a whole different animal because of media and public attention, more than other theme parks as has been mentioned often. And the problem is kids. If Disney has an official policy of "unvaccinated need to be masked" and they have craploads of kids 2-11 years old running around in their parks, they either have to be bad guys and police them (don't see that happening) or get criticized for having policies and not following them (basically, lying about safety). I think it's a hard situation and any media attention will be on "Disney doesn't care about protecting kids" who can't be vaccinated. I just don't think they can ignore the obvious inconsistency by not enforcing masks when they obviously "should be" based on their rule. It's simpler and "more fair" to just keep on having masks indoors for everyone for the time being. That puts them in total compliance with CDC recommendations (albeit overkill by having vaccinated people wearing masks). Just IMHO

Now, if the CDC does indeed announce that children under 12 do not need to mask due to low transmission rates/infection risks/etc, then that's massive. Sure, once that happens, I could see Disney rapidly removing any mask mandates.
 

MansionButler84

Well-Known Member
In the Parks
No
Just to be clear about my point: I totally get that "no masks for vaccinated" essentially means that almost no one will wear a mask... in a store or restaurant or such. I'm not sure you can extrapolate that to WDW though. If a store doesn't bother to enforce a mask policy, no one care or will do anything about it. It's just a CYA posting that is meaningless.

But WDW is a whole different animal because of media and public attention, more than other theme parks as has been mentioned often. And the problem is kids. If Disney has an official policy of "unvaccinated need to be masked" and they have craploads of kids 2-11 years old running around in their parks, they either have to be bad guys and police them (don't see that happening) or get criticized for having policies and not following them (basically, lying about safety). I think it's a hard situation and any media attention will be on "Disney doesn't care about protecting kids" who can't be vaccinated. I just don't think they can ignore the obvious inconsistency by not enforcing masks when they obviously "should be" based on their rule. It's simpler and "more fair" to just keep on having masks indoors for everyone for the time being. That puts them in total compliance with CDC recommendations (albeit overkill by having vaccinated people wearing masks). Just IMHO

Now, if the CDC does indeed announce that children under 12 do not need to mask due to low transmission rates/infection risks/etc, then that's massive. Sure, once that happens, I could see Disney rapidly removing any mask mandates.
They will absolutely remove mask mandates before children are vaccinated. The question is when.
 

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