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~Hopful~ Tips for Wearing Masks at the Theme Parks

by Leap on June 3, 2020 18 Orlando

Some days we get to talk about the yummiest theme park treats or our favorite roller coasters. Today, we are uncovering a topic that makes everyone a little nervous — masks. Not the fun costume masks, but the face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Many theme parks and hotel properties require employees and all guests to wear masks to keep everyone safe during this period. Whether you currently wear the mask in your daily outings or will be gearing up to wear the masks on vacation, there’s still a lot to learn. Wearing a mask for a quick trip to the air-conditioned store is not quite the same as wearing a mask all day in heat and humidity and on rides. Hop along to learn some tips for wearing masks at theme parks.

Hopfully, we answer any questions you have. We’ll discuss individual theme park rules for face coverings and help you navigate this new territory. We might even share a few tips to make this necessary step a little more fun. We have a toddler, Lily, and a niece with autism, so we are turning over a few lily pads to find the answers and figure out what works best for them too. Let's jump in!

Our Top Tips for Wearing Masks at the Theme Parks

Tips for Wearing Masks at the Theme Parks - Man in Mask with Castle Hat at Disney Springs

Having to wear a mask is good news for keeping everyone safe, but we get it. In a perfect world, we wouldn't be wearing them to theme park or for any fun activity. Do your best to keep a sense of humor about the masks. Let's take a look on the bright side! Ladies can save money and effort by skipping lipstick and some makeup. The makeup makes your mask dirty quicker, so you might want to skip it. You can make faces at people who annoy you and they will have no idea (no eye rolling, though!). I think I will stick out my tongue for all of the photos and my wife will be none the wiser. You can save on sunscreen, but don't froget to apply sunscreen to the top half of your face or you'll have telltale mask lines! And you will never have to guess what year your vacation photos were taken. Ahh! This one is from 2020! Remember that crazy year? 

We are making history here, folks. And another positive: You can still scream in delight on thrill rides or shout "hello" to Mickey through your mask! So there's that.

Here’s all you need to know about wearing a face covering at the theme parks, along with some tips for finding the right mask for you. (Psst ... Some of these tips will also come in handy for other places, too, like if you are flying on a plane and must wear a mask during your flight.)

Which Theme Parks Require Masks?

Masks at Theme Parks - Family Wearing Masks at LEGOLAND Florida

We expect this to be a fluid subject as time goes on, especially since government rules on masks keep changing. In California, facial coverings are required by state order. In Florida, Orange County mayor signed an executive order that makes it mandatory for people to wear facial coverings as of June 20.

As more parks open, the situation will continue to change and evolve. The bottom line is to check with each theme park before visiting to uncover the latest news on face coverings because park policies and laws can vary. Some parks, such as Universal, Disney World and SeaWorld require face coverings. LEGOLAND Florida, on the other hand, does not require face coverings when outside (although LEGOLAND does now require guests 8 and up to wear them indoors). A theme park’s mask policy might fit your family’s needs and even sway you to visit their park if your goals or family's needs are more aligned with their policy.

The theme parks in Florida are open before than the ones in California, so we we have more specific deets on those Orlando theme park changes. If you'll be visiting Southern California, here's a look at what to expect when the California theme parks reopen.

Mask Requirements in Florida

Here are the Disney World reopening requirements for face coverings:

  • They must fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face (that would mean face shields are not compliant unless you have an accommodation).
  • Face coverings must be secured with ties or ear loops.
  • Mask must be made with at least two layers of breathable material.
  • Masks may be disposable or reusable.
  • Masks must fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin.
  • Neck gaiters and open-chin triangle bandanas are not acceptable.
  • Face coverings must allow the guest to be hands-free.
  • Face coverings required for age 2 and up.
  • Costume masks are not appropriate and all masks must be compliant with existing rules and dress code guidelines.
  • Face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Keep an eye out for the high-energy squads that will keep guests compliant (we spotted them in bright yellow shirts at Disney Springs).

Here are the Universal Orlando reopening requirements for face coverings:

  • Masks must cover the nose and mouth and be secured under the chin.
  • Material must be at least two-ply.
  • Masks required for age 3 and up.
  • Costume masks and veils are not permitted.
  • Face covering are available for purchase in one size.
  • You may remove the mask for eating and drinking while seated.
  • Hop into Guest Relations if you have a disability that prevents you from wearing a mask.
  • At Universal's Volcano Bay water park, you must wear a mask when going through security, entering the park, and when at restaurants and in gift shops.
  • It is encouraged to wear a mask when walking around the water park.
  • Remove the mask when swimming and on slides.

SeaWorld Orlando Reopening - Family in Masks

SeaWorld Orlando requires face coverings on guests ages 2 and up. Any style of face covering works, as long as it is secure and covers the nose and mouth. You may also opt to wear face shields, but bring a backup mask for rides. If you froget, we noticed an employee was handing out free disposable masks before you entered the temperature screening tent.

LEGOLAND Florida initially did not require face coverings, but they were encouraged. Now that the city of Winter Haven, where LEGOLAND is located, has changed its mask ordinance, LEGOLAND will comply with that. LEGOLAND will ask guests ages 8 and up to put on a face covering when inside buildings and attractions.

Mask Requirements in California

~Hopful~ Tips for Wearing Masks at the Theme Parks-People in Front of Universal Globe

All theme parks in California (including LEGOLAND) will require masks per state law. Most theme parks have not reopened, but they each offer their own rules for face coverings on their websites.

~Hopful~ Tips for Wearing Masks at the Theme Parks-Kids in Masks at San Diego Safari Park

The San Diego Zoo and Safari Park reopened June 20. Both require masks at all times except when seated at a restaurant for eating and drinking.

At the Disneyland Resort, including Downtown Disney , which reopened July 9, all guests and employees must wear face coverings. The facial coverings must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of the face. The breathable covering must be secured with ties or ear loops and allow the wearer to remain hands-free. Guests may remove masks to eat or drink.

Wearing Masks on Rides

We can't have masks flying all over the place, so we are considering whether our masks are ready for roller coasters and water rides. We've already tested our ear loop masks on mild roller coasters and they slipped down our noses, so having a tight fit or an option of a mask that ties behind the head seems like a frogtastic plan.

If you lose your mask on a ride, you'll have to hop into the nearest shop to buy a new mask. We've already seen a mask fly off someone's face on Hagrid's! On that note, it probably doesn't hurt to bring a backup. (You may also want an extra if you're caught in a thunderstorm or just want to switch it out with a fresh mask midday.) At Universal and SeaWorld, you may remove your mask once seated for water rides. However, it's important to stow it well so you do not lose it during the ride. Bring a plastic bag to keep it dry.

Where Can I Take off My Mask?

All of the theme parks that require face coverings allow guests to remove them for eating and drinking and while sitting at dining tables. The masks are required for dry activities at certain hotels and theme parks, but are not required while swimming. Disney World, Universal and SeaWorld all have mask-free relaxation zones in each theme park.

Universal Reopening - U-Rest Area at Fear Factor

Look for U-Rest Area Signs at Universal. At Islands of Adventure, the U-Rest Area is in front of the park and at the former Sinbad's Theater. At Universal Studios Florida, take a breather in the Central Park area and Fear Factor Theater. Guests can take a break and get a breath of fresh air in these zones. You can stay with your party and remember to stay at least six feet away from other guests. Seating is available and there is no time limit.

At SeaWorld Orlando, there are three relaxation areas by Wild Arctic, the Sea Lion & Otter Theater and across from Shark Encounter.

Tips for Using Masks

Tips for Wearing Masks at the Theme Parks - Cinderella Bound with Mask at Disney Springs

Based on our recent outings, we've compiled some tips to make your jump back to the theme parks while wearing a mask as easy as possible:

  • Try a variety of styles to find the best fit for you.
  • Consider mask accessories such as ear savers, mask cord adjusters, headbands or hats with buttons sewn on to take pressure off the ears and get the best fit.
  • Have fun with the mask by choosing a fabric or style that is in theme with your favorite character or series.
  • Plan outfits or other wearable accessories that go with your mask.
  • Consider whether your mask is secure enough to stay put on a roller coaster. (Our ear loop masks did not hold up to the task, unfortunately, but we're on a mission to find what works best!)
  • Wash your hands before putting on a mask.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with the mask.
  • Make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
  • Avoid touching the mask while using it.
  • Replace a damp mask.
  • Remove mask using the straps and from behind.
  • Wash or sanitize hands after touching or removing the mask.
  • Properly dispose of a used disposable mask.
  • Have a separate bag to store used cloth masks before they can be washed.
  • Have a plan for washing reusable masks.
  • Bring backup masks on your trip and to the parks.
  • Guests who wear glasses (and sunglasses) may have extra concerns about getting that perfect fit so the glasses do not fog up upon exhaling.
    • Use a mask with a nose bridge that fits over the nose.
    • Get a good seal over the nose to avoid fogging up glasses.
    • Place your glasses over the top of the mask.
    • If you still have issues with fogging, try sports or medical tape to seal the top of the mask to your nose and cheeks. Test this at home before using at the theme parks.
    • Check with your optometrist before using any anti-fog products, soaps or shaving cream to make sure they will not damage protective coatings on the lenses and void any warranty.
  • Bring a resealable bag to keep your mask dry on water rides.
  • Remember that wearing a mask is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Chew some gum to keep your breath fresh.
  • Take joy in getting to remove the mask at the end of your day! Ahhh!

Tips for Children and Masks

Tips for Wearing Masks at the Theme Parks - Mickey Tsum Tsum in Mask

If you plan to visit Disney World or Universal, your tadpoles 2 and up will need to be masked. You might be able to understand why you need to wear the mask at this time, but your small tadpole might need some help with this concept. (OK, a lot of help in some cases!) Try your best to make it fun and positive (and keep your real opinions to yourself if you are not a fan).

Here are a few tips for getting your children to wear masks:

  • Tips for Wearing Masks at the Theme Parks - Girl with Mask Loops Wrapped Around HeadbandTry different fabrics and styles (ear loop vs elastic bands or ties that go behind the head).
  • Use kid-size masks for tadpoles.
  • Consider kid-size mask accessories such as ear savers, mask cord adjusters, headbands or hats with buttons sewn on them to take pressure off the ears and get the best fit.
  • Got ears? Here's a hopful hack. If the ear loops begin to bother you or your tadpole, loop them around an ear headband to take pressure off your own ears.
  • Practice wearing masks at home.
  • Find fun fabrics that display favorite characters.
  • Make a story about wearing the mask.
  • Make the mask part of a game of pretend, such as a secret identity.
  • Get your tadpole's doll or stuffed animal a matching mask.
  • Help your tadpole teach their doll or animal why it's important to wear the mask.
  • Choose a breathable material.
  • Consider the weather when choosing the mask.
  • Have back-ups in case you lose the mask or get it dirty.
  • Teach children to dispose of the mask safely when using a disposable mask, or where to put a reusable mask for safekeeping until it can be washed.
  • Keep a close eye on your kids and utilize frequent snacks and water breaks to allow them a moment to breathe freely.

~Hopful~ Tips for Wearing Masks at the Theme Parks-Mom and daughter in Disney masksIf you are not able to make your own masks, you can find many toadally cute masks online. You can purchase fun, themed masks in the parks. But definitely arrive with your own or you won't make it through security at most parks. Plus, you may want to match your outfit to the mask! It makes wearing a face covering so much more bearable if you look good.

What About Special Needs?

We’re seeing a lot of questions about tadpoles with special needs and masks. We do not yet have all the answers, but we know that exceptions can vary per park. Contact the parks and hotels you plan to visit to get specific answers to your questions.

If someone in your party has a disability or medical problem that prevents them from wearing a mask all day, you can request accommodations at Universal Orlando. You must arrive in a face covering and bring a face shield with you. Hop into Guest Services or Guest Relations. With accommodation, you may wear a face shield, although shields are not permitted on certain attractions. You would have to switch into a face covering to ride. Guests who receive accommodations will receive a wristband at Universal. Face shields must cover the nose and mouth, wrap around the sides of the face and extend to below the chin.

Disney World requires that all guests 2 and up wear a face covering. They do not have an accommodation for people who cannot wear masks.

Masks are required for ages 2 and up and all California theme parks once they reopen. At LEGOLAND California, exceptions are made for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and companions who are communicating with them. No note is required. If you have a disability that prevents you from wearing a face covering and have questions about the policies and how they may impact you or those in your party, please contact Guest Services prior to your visit. You must bring a note from a physician or qualified health care provider stating that the party member has medical or mental health condition or developmental disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering. Those exempted from the requirement will be asked to remain at least six feet away from guests not in their party and to wear wristbands while in the resort so that LEGOLAND personnel know not to ask them to re-apply face coverings.

Part of planning a vacation in an uncertain time means recognizing that we may have to make hard choices during this period. If someone in your party has breathing issues without the mask, is immunocompromised or in a high-risk group for complications related to COVID-19, it may not be the right time to hop to the theme parks just yet.

If you or someone in your party is hearing impaired and reads lips, you can find masks that have clear panels so the mouth is visible.

Wearing a Mask with Sensory Issues

In terms of autism or sensory issues, the best way to prepare for wearing a mask is to model that behavior, explain that it is a rule, take baby steps and practice, practice, practice. Be sure to find the most comfortable mask for the individual. Each person is different. But many people with ASD like to know the plan and what to expect. In this case, you'll need to make the unfamiliar — wearing a mask — a more familiar and expected part of the routine.

Look for a mask with a preferred character on it. If you cannot make one, you can find a large selection online. Choose a mask made from a soft, comfortable fabric. Try a jersey knit (T-shirt) material (even if you are choosing a different material for other family members). A mask that ties in the back may be more comfortable than one with elastic ear loops. Use mask accessories that take the pressure off ears, such as ear savers or a soft headband or hat with buttons sewn on it to wrap the ear loops around.

You may need to start with just holding the mask and slowly work up to wearing it for short periods of time. It can help to wear the mask while distracted with a fun activity.

Make a mask-wearing social story. You can even find some free examples online to explain that we need to wear a mask when we go places because of COVID-19. Basically, your social story can cover these points:

  • People in our family and community are wearing masks.
  • My mask keeps me safe.
  • My mask keeps you safe.
  • Your mask keeps me safe.
  • There are many different masks.
  • We can buy a mask or make our own.
  • We can decorate the mask.
  • We wash our hands before putting on the mask.
  • The mask covers our nose, mouth and chin.
  • The mask might not feel comfortable at first.
  • With practice, we can get used to the mask.
  • We wash our hands when we touch our mask or remove it.
  • We can wash the fabric mask.
  • We can throw away a disposable mask.
  • We can wear a new mask next time.
  • Wearing a mask keeps everyone safe.

If you are anything like us frogs, you are hopping excited to visit the theme parks. Do you have any other questions about our tips for wearing masks in theme parks? Please let us know in the comments section below. Don't froget, your favorite froggy friends can help you get a jump on saving money on discount theme park tickets and hotels in Orlando, Los Angeles, San Diego areas (plus many more!). 

Related: Practicing Good Health and Wellness in the Theme Parks

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Jul 8, 2020 at 7:35 p.m. Marc Says...

If you have over the ear loop mask, invest or use a lanyard! If your mask falls off on a ride it won't fly away. It's also great for when you sit down to eat as you don't have to shove it into a pocket or put it down on the table. Just make sure to throw it over your shoulder when using the restroom!!!!

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Jul 8, 2020 at 3:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

This is such a great tip, Marc - thank you for taking the time to share with us!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 17, 2020 at 12:31 a.m. Livy Says...

Cedar Point requires face masks, but what if we wanna take them off just for a selfie in front of one of the rides, but put them back on shortly afterwards? Will we get in trouble if we remove the masks just for a quick second to get a photo?

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Jun 16, 2020 at 8:44 p.m. Rebecca Gugler Says...

Medical research and doctors agree that masks come with risks - hypoxia, carbon dioxide poisoning, increased anxiety and stress - while the benefits are doubtful. Wherever you stand on this issue - we should all agree that where there is a risk, there should be a choice. Please advocate for making masks voluntary and especially for granting exemptions. Thank you.

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Jun 16, 2020 at 8:16 p.m. Jen Says...

You mention that at WDW ear loops or ties are required for face masks. Is that true for universal as well?

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Jun 17, 2020 at 8:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen!

Face coverings are also required at Universal, but your options are a little more varied :) At Universal, acceptable face coverings include masks with ear loops or that tie around the head, bandanas (as long as it’s secured over nose/mouth) or gaiters.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 16, 2020 at 3:54 a.m. Disneyland finatic Says...

Reality- we are in a pandemic- accept it- live with it and know it will end once we get our act together. Who knows how long, but it will end. For us, when Disneyland/ World is closed, it means something drastic has happened and there is a loss of hope like when 9/11 happened it closed. So if you don't want to wear a mask- don't go. If you do, consider the people who work there in the heat every day in a mask doing everything they can to make sure you have a great experience. They are doing everything they can to keep you safe so please do everything you can to keep them safe. We do not have all the information and we are getting misinformation all the time. I would rather wear a mask than risk someones health/ life.

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Jun 16, 2020 at 2:14 a.m. Marcy Says...

Thank you for all the mask info. We are still up in the air if we will use our November reservation as have small children with us. Can you please let us know what type of mask you find will work best on roller coasters? Thanks, again!

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Jun 17, 2020 at 8:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marcy!

We tightened our ear loop masks before hopping on coasters, and so far, they have survived some big coasters! Being able to tighten them made all the difference. However, for walking around all day, we definitely prefer the tie backs to take the pressure off of our ears. Hope this helps!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 15, 2020 at 11:45 p.m. Carrie Elsass Says...

I appreciate your advice and attempts at positive spin, but even though we had the thinnest possible masks, it really put a damper on our trip. I appreciate Universal trying to be open, but we would never again try to vacation where masks are required. Volcano Bay (where masks aren't required except to enter restaurants and stores) was our best, most normal day. On our final day in the parks, where humidity made it feel over 100 degrees and we were pouring sweat, we had to leave early because the masks made it so uncomfortable. That will only get worse as the summer wears on...

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Jun 15, 2020 at 11:06 p.m. Diane Says...

Thumbs up to anti-mask. Spoken w/multiple medical professionals who agree masks pretty much do nothing. Compare it to birth control - buy a product and poke holes in. Results will vary. Rebreathing that rotten air throughout the day will be far more harmful.

This would have been our 56 trip - tons of money - and are stock holders. Sneezed on, spit on, coughed on, vomited on @ WDW by who knows where since '71.

Masks optional - ok. Masks will ruin WDW.

Set the parks free.

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Jun 15, 2020 at 6:06 p.m. Pris Says...

Or, WDW and Universal will learn masks aren't useful and will stop the riduclous requirement once they see how much additional revenue they lose from people not wanting to bother with it.

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Jun 15, 2020 at 9:51 p.m. josh mahony Says...

facts lol forcing people to wear a mask is ridiculous. People going to a theme park right now aren't worried about a virus with a less then 1 percent death rate

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Jun 15, 2020 at 6:05 p.m. Kathleen Says...

We have been frequent visitors to Disney World and the hotels in the past. In fact we were there right before this all hit but we're not going if we have to wear a mask and pay that kind of money to be miserable and fight with the kids. That ruins the entire experience. We are frequenting and supporting those places that are not requiring the wearing of masks. We'll consider going to Lego Land this year.

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Jun 13, 2020 at 8:10 p.m. Blanca Says...

My son is seriously autistic and will absolutely not wear a face mask. We’ve tried so hard to get him to wear one and he just will not. Does this mean he won’t be able to get inside the theme park without wear a mask? My other three kids are fine with wearing a mask. It’s just my 4yr. Old.

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Jun 17, 2020 at 3:44 a.m. looking for refund Says...

We are annual pass holders and live in Florida. We have been to the park in the summer and on a good day, you can be overcome by the heat. Having to wear a mask and breathe your own air will make you pass out! Is the park ready to handle that? I saw a video of Disney in China being able to handle it, well they are used to wearing a mask and do not have the humidity that Florida does. I have grandchildren who will not keep them on and a Daughter that has anxiety issues so wearing a mask is not an option for her, its bad enough she cannot even be in large crowds. Mask does nothing for the wearer! You only need a mask according to all the major experts in this virus if you have it. Florida in July through September is hot enough without adding a mask and children will not take well to this if they are not used to wearing one. Also, who wants to go if there are no parades, fireworks and character meet and greets? Also, no character dining. I would prefer to wait until this settles down and take my chance without being made to wear a mask. I do not want to pay for those months that I do not feel my family could go not and enjoy the experience.

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Jun 15, 2020 at 3:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Blanca!

At this time, LEGOLAND is the only theme park that recommends that those with medical conditions not wear face coverings (and face coverings are recommended, but not required, at LEGOLAND); other parks, including Disney World, Universal and SeaWorld Orlando all currently require masks.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 6, 2020 at 2:36 p.m. Merriweather Pleasure Says...

Fortunately for Disney, COVID19 won't infect you when you eat or drink and it doesn't affect children under 2. If it did, they would really be in trouble financially with the parks. Has anyone tested face coverings yet when it 99 outside with a relative humidity of 100%? A lot of people are going to find out the hard way how miserable this can be. I will be vacationing elsewhere until the cooler weather arrives.

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