Masks are here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future, and there are some things that will help you to know about wearing masks at the theme parks in Florida.
Yes, it’s hot in Florida, and wearing a mask doesn’t help. You’ll want to be sure your mask is comfortable, breathable, and you’re able to wear it all day.
Try Out A Few Different Kinds
Not all masks are created equal, and not all will work for everyone. Roxann here: I personally like the ones that are being sold at the Universal Orlando parks, they are very lightweight and easy to wear, and come in some really great patterns.
I also really like the ones from Old Navy. They are lightweight with pleats and adjustable ear loops.
The masks sold at Disney are tight across the face, but still made of a lightweight material. They come in 3 sizes: small, medium, and large (you can sometimes find extra large online). The small and medium are children’s sizes – in fact the small may fit on a 3 year old. For adults, you’ll definitely want to get at least a large. The prints are really cute and new designs come out often.
But Bring Extras
That Florida heat brings with it a good dose of humidity too, so you’ll probably want a few extra masks to deal with your day. That may mean carrying up to 3 masks for each person to use during the day. We recommend bringing a ziplock or other type bag to keep clean/used masks separated during the day.
That means you’ll need to pack how many masks??? You’ll be able to wash them at your resort in the laundry room. You’ll need your Magic Band to open the door to the laundry room, but you’ll need a credit card to pay for the washer and dryer.
OR before you travel, purchase a travel size laundry detergent to bring with you and wash your masks out in the sink.
Things To Know
You can’t wear a neck gaiter as a mask at Disney (but you are allowed to wear them at Universal Orlando). A cooling towel to wrap around your neck would be a great idea though.
Masks are for sale at most gift shops in the parks, at Disney Springs (World of Disney, Vera Bradley, Shore, and more), and in the resort gift shops. There are some really great themed ones too!
Where You’re Allowed To Take Off Your Mask
- When you’re seated at a restaurant
- When you’re actively eating or drinking, while socially distanced, in a park
- When you’re at the resort pool, while lounging in your chair and while swimming
And one last piece of advice – If you’re using disposable masks, cut or break the ear loops before you throw it away. Similar to how we need to cut the rings on plastic soda rings, the mask loops can be harmful to wildlife!
Be sure to check out Disney’s updated requirements for face coverings.
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