Disney and the Muppets Encourage You to ‘Give it a Shot’

by | May 19, 2021 | Walt Disney World News, WDW Blog

After more than a year of dealing with COVID-19, we’re all ready to get back to normal– including Gonzo and Pepe. Two of our favorite Muppets star in a new television ad encouraging folks to “give it a shot” and get the COVID-19 vaccine.


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A Message from Gonzo and Pepe of The Muppets: ‘Give it a Shot’

The message in this commercial, which began airing on ABC and social media this month, is simple: If you want things to go back to normal (or as close to normal as you get), you need to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

To encourage viewers to make an informed choice, Gonzo and Pepe point you toward GetVaccineAnswers.org. The website is a great resource chock full of answers to questions like how you can get your vaccine and what to expect after your shots.

Best of all, the information at GetVaccineAnswers.org is all vetted by the CDC and leading medical minds. That means you don’t have to parse through sketchy sources to figure out what’s true and what’s not.

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Disney Parks’ Chief Medical Officer Weighs In

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Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Speaking of leading medical minds, the Muppets aren’t the only ones encouraging you to “give it a shot.” Disney Parks Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pamela Hymel agrees: The COVID-19 vaccine is one of the best tools we have for a return to normal.

“The consensus in the medical community is that vaccines can help protect you against COVID-19. And when you get vaccinated, you are part of a growing group immunity that helps to keep both you and others safe, especially those who are immunocompromised and can’t be vaccinated,” Dr. Hymel writes for the Disney Parks Blog.

Dr. Hymel and Disney are doing their part to help ensure the safety of everyone who visits a Disney Park. Cast members in California, Florida, and France were all provided access to on-site clinics for their shots.

Disneyland Resort has also become one of the biggest vaccine distribution sites in Southern California. To date, more than 200,000 doses have been delivered.

What to Expect at Walt Disney World

Cinderella castle looking serene in front of a few clouds

Photo by Judd Helms

As Dr. Hymel notes, new guidance from the CDC says that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks in public or socially distance.

In case you missed it, Walt Disney World announced this week that masks will no longer be required outdoors. Guests no longer need to maintain 6 feet of physical distance outdoors but must socially distance indoors.

Walt Disney World still requires masks indoors, in attractions, and in dining areas. And you don’t have to show proof of vaccination when you visit the park, though you’re certainly welcome to brag about your vaxxed status.

While Florida has dropped its mask mandates across the state, Disney will keep its own standards in place.

The message is clear: The best way to enjoy the Walt Disney World experience and do your part to beat COVID-19 is to “give it a shot” and get vaccinated.


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Kyle Johnson is a writer, enthusiast of all things weird, and has an unnatural obsession with Halloween. We’re talking animatronics staying up all year round and watching The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad on a whim in April. He has a cool wiener dog, Rumours, and an even cooler wife, Trinity.
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