When Disney World and Universal Orlando were first announcing reopening plans, they stated that face-covering would be required in all parks. I understand there is a lot of controversy about the parks reopening, as well as, being required to wear a face covering. Before we jump in, I would like to state that it is completely your choice, to visit the parks or not. Many families have decided to postpone their vacation due to the restrictions and safety measures in place. However, there are also plenty of people who have decided to attend the parks despite all of this. This post is to help those individuals and families who are traveling to the parks in the near future stay comfortable while wearing a face mask at Disney and Universal!
Wear a breathable Mask
I recommend wearing either a surgical mask or a mask that is 100% cotton to ensure you are getting airflow! The parks do sell cotton masks. You can get 1 for $6 or 4 for $20 at both Universal and Disney. If you wear glasses, I suggest looking into wearing a mask with a nose bridge, many have mentioned this prevents their glasses from fogging!
Bring Back Ups
Bring more than one mask or buy back ups while in the park. Because of the heat and sweat your mask will likely become damp which can make it more difficult to breathe. Make sure you aren’t stuck with a wet mask by bringing a few extras. You can also purchase masks in the parks. These masks are usually themed and super fun!
Utilize Rest Areas
In the Disney Parks, as well as, Universal parks there are designated rest areas where guests are allowed to take their masks off and relax. These areas are socially distanced to ensure guests aren’t close to each other while without a mask! I recommend utilizing these areas to rest in the shade and cool down. This is also a great place to go if you want to enjoy a snack or meal. Sometimes masks can get very annoying so its reassuring to know there is a place you can go to take it off and rest from the Florida heat! In Universal look for signs that direct you to the ” U Rest Area” and in Disney look for signs directing you to the “Relaxation Station.” Universal will allow you to remove your mask while standing still and eating or drinking. You can also remove your mask for taking photos! Disney has announced that you can now remove your mask while taking photos.
Pack a small fan
I would recommend packing a handheld fan even if masks weren’t required! This is a great way to keep your face cool in the Florida heat! You can find different options on Amazon. I recommend getting one small enough to fit in your park bag, or one that can hang around your neck. Here is the fan that I personally use and I love it! It is rechargeable and the perfect size to slide into your park bag. Be sure to check out my Universal Orlando Park Bag Essentials post for more items to help beat the Florida heat!
Ditch the makeup!
Wearing foundation can really increase your discomfort level while wearing a mask in the Florida heat! I have personally been doing my eye makeup only with a little concealer under my eyes. Since no one will be able to see your face under the mask I highly recommend just ditching the foundation to keep cool! Honestly, not needing to wear make up to the parks was so freeing! I loved being able to sleep a little longer every morning by cutting this step of my morning routine!
Shield your face from the sun by wearing a hat. Not only will you avoid a lovely mask tan line but you won’t have to worry about your sunglasses fogging! I also recommend bringing a cooling towel! This is the one I use, however, there are plenty of options on Amazon! I think these are great to help with the Florida heat and humidity!
What does NOT count as a mask at Disney World?
It is very important to check the face-covering regulations Disney has in place before your trip as they can change at any time. Currently, the requirements are as follows:
Your face covering must:
- Fully cover an individual’s nose and mouth and allow the guest to remain hands-free.
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.
- Be secured with ties or ear loops.
- Be made of breathable material, either disposable or re-usable.
Disney’s face mask policy specifically excludes gaiters and bandanas.
Even with the extensive health and safety measures Disney World & Universal has in place during these cray times you can still have LOADS of fun! Try to not get hung up on the differences in daily operations and enjoy yourself!
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