Normally, our family goes to a lot of festivals and such during the year such as ComiCons, Scottish Highland Games, STEM Festivals, and other fun things like that. This year, everything we normally go to was cancelled through the end of the year. We, especially DD18, was especially down in the dumps about that, so we thought, why not book a short trip just to do something. We knew WDW wasn’t going to be like it was before the pandemic, but there were some things we were excited about. For one thing, DD18 could dress up in costume during the month of October. There were lots of Halloween extras that are normally sold during parties. The calvacades (oh my, I hope they stick around!) looked great.
I am a germaphone in the middle of a pandemic living in a state where lots of people won’t wear masks. It’s not an easy way to live in good times, but it’s definitely not great now. I figured that WDW with all of their precautions would be safer than going to my local stores. They really didn’t disappoint.
Do I like wearing a mask? No. Did I like wearing a mask in 80+ temperatures F? Definitely not. I normally wear a respirator to keep me safe from all that don’t wear a mask, but they aren’t allowed at WDW. Thanks to a fellow liner leaving a care package at our resort, we ditched the cloth masks I sewed and wore the paper surgical masks, which were much more comfortable.
Mask compliance was very good, although I noticed some really flaunted wearing theirs down below their chin. I saw this mostly at the resort. Some CMs would say things, other would not. A couple of times I would forget to put mine back on after resting or drinking water.
The social distancing lines were confusing to some and more than once I got sandwiched between two groups in my space. I wasn’t afraid to politely tell people to step up to their line or back to their line, but some people were just very bull-headed about it. I had one couple behind me that stepped back one step when I said something, and a CM called to them several times to go back to the line before they finally did. Like, wow! What’s up with people? It won’t make them get to the ride any faster.
The lines that snaked around and had social distancing markers farther apart to keep people social distanced beside each other were hard for people. At one point, I moved back in my line far from the people beside me and ahead of me, and the CM nodded at me. I asked him if people did that all day, and he said that they did, and no matter what he did or said, it would keep happening, so he gave up. (That was MMRR). I felt sorry for him.
In AK, there was one PhotoPass photographer who would stop what he was doing and tell people to put on their masks. I could tell he was getting very irritated about it. I thanked him because while some might not appreciate it, I certainly did.