WDW slightly relaxes face mask policy to allow removal while taking photos

I am the water.

No cross-thread posting, Mister!

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I’ll admit that when I was at Disneyland for Touch of Disney on Thursday night, we stopped by the Main Gate of Disneyland (which was closed) and took a selfie in front of the Mickey face flower garden with our masks down. There were literally zero people around due to it being later in the evening, so there was no risk to anyone. I think situations like that warrant a change in the rules to accommodate. Most outdoor stationary photos are distanced.

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It makes sense that they’re doing this to me, but I worry it’ll just make enforcement the rest of the time more of an issue for the CMs.

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This tells me that Disney is following the science that, when properly distanced and outside, you don’t have to have everyone in a mask 24/7. As more and more people are vaccinated, the odds of COVID spreading becomes lower and lower. The main reason vaccinated people are asked to continue wearing a mask is just for the peace of mind of everyone else. It is this peace of mind that Disney is interested in, which is why they are still making sure everyone is masked while not dining. At some point, this won’t outweigh the discomfort of having everyone in a mask when they are immune to the virus.

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I’m glad they’ve made this change. Outdoor photos are just about the safest most distanced thing at WDW and a huge part missing from people’s vacations right now. That makes me so much more excited about going this fall. I can handle the masks (and I’m pro mask) but for photos it’s a big bummer.

That said, all the adults in our group will be fully vaccinated and DSnotquite2 won’t be wearing one either way so we won’t be as concerned about compliance either way.

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100% full half with water, half with air

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I’m more “I need more tequila over here!!!” with a dash of "“Who drank my Vodka?!” on off days.

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Fair enough.
Travois it is.

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Hmm, This is interesting and I’m sure its going to be abused. I’d feel more comfortable if it were only when getting a photopass shot… that way it can be controlled a bit more (and maybe a good way for Disney to recoup photopass losses?)

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People were already ignoring the mask rule for photos anyway. Even trip reports here had several “no mask” park photos.

Hopefully this is helping the CMs. I bet the ones who are constantly policing in front of the Tree of Life can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

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I’ve noticed this too recently. I witnessed a group taking selfies and a HS-CM SCREAMING at them to put their masks back on… hahahaha

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This is easy for me. I have NO PLANS on returning to WDW until masks are no longer required. I have nothing against wearing masks; I wear one any time I go to a store. But I have respiratory issues that make mask wearing very difficult; after one hour of grocery shopping I have to sit in my car for 5 minutes to recover before I drive home.

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Reasons why you still need to wear a mask after being vaccinated (and the list does not include “the peace of mind for everyone else”):

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