To answer your question … yes. Masks will be required for guests ages 2 and up at Walt Disney World when the parks finally reopen in July.
Yes, masks are inconvenient. They have a lovely way of creating a sauna on your face in the Florida heat. But if they even have a .0001% chance of preventing our Cast Members and guests from getting sick, then that’s an inconvenience we’re going to have to live with.
We could bellyache about it all day, but hey, this is Disney, so let’s make like Cinderella and find the good in this situation, shall we?
Here are all the reasons I don’t think I’ll mind wearing a mask to Walt Disney World this summer.
Whaaat? You Want to Buy Me a Dole Whip?
Wearing a mask can lead to a lot of muffled and frustrating miscommunications. In recent months, I’ve replied “what??” at my husband’s masked face more times than I can count. Lifting your mask a bit to clarify is the new pushing-your-glasses-up-your-nose.
But, oh, did your brother want to skip Country Bear Jamboree? Maybe you just didn’t hear him and you already headed into the queue. Too late.
Or perhaps there could be a misunderstanding on who is paying for this round of Dole Whips … savvy?
Make like a pirate, wrap a bandanna on your face, and slide a little miscommunication in your favor this summer. There will be plenty of mask-communications you don’t enjoy, so just indulge. It’s vacation.
Save Thousands on Lipstick
Those Instagrammable walls can’t do it all by themselves. We all know it takes a little bit of outfit know-how and makeup trickery to pull off the most magical of shots. And that includes the right shade of Cruella DeVil Red.
But in the age of COVID-19, it’s all about the eyes, baby. A cute set of well-lined lips are as unappreciated as high-fives these days. And with so much hinging on the expressiveness of your eyes, you likely won’t have to use a lot of foundation, either.
I love to use makeup, but I also love relaxing situations where there’s no pressure to dress up. Masks have honestly made it easier for me to run to the store bare-faced without worrying about being mistaken for Carl from Up.
Hide that Food-Ridden Smile
Listen, I make it my business to scarf down caramel apples and cheeseburger eggrolls at the speed of light at Magic Kingdom. No shame in my game.
The best day ever, yes, but that means I’m also the nerdy redheaded girl with apple scraps and cheese in her teeth. It’s like my Avenger superpower. My ability to get stuff stuck in my teeth is uncanny. And while I am never aware of it, the moment a chocolate chunk is hanging off my incisor is exactly when I will approach strangers for a chat.
A mask can literally save face for me, as I can now blissfully go about my preschool-level eating habits and still appear to have my act together at the parks. Thanks, mask.
They’re Kinda Cute
As far as accessories go, a mask ain’t that bad. I mean, it’s not like we’re all required to wear orthopedic insoles or something (which I do, but they aren’t cute).
Embrace your mask and make it your own. Work cute masks into your vacation budget so that each family member can show their personality on their mask as much as their t-shirt, like the “Fairest of them all” mask above by It’s a Fan Girl World on TeePublic.
Disney also came out with their own line of character masks, so you can be whoever you want! Match your mask to your ears, or even your MagicBand.
Nothing Lasts Forever But Your Memories
I’m kidding about most of this, sure, but here is a serious note to remember:
No matter what your is attitude on masks, the kids have to wear them in the parks. It’s the rules, so let’s move forward and refocus on the goal: making this vacation fun.
Your life, and theirs, will be made a LOT easier if you go into this with a good attitude, and help them see the good in it as well.
If wearing a mask truly has you down, just think… this ain’t Neverland, things will change! Putting forth our best efforts now will help ensure that our next vacations are healthy and mask-free.
Wait, what did you say? Living with the Land is the best ride ever? I couldn’t quite hear you with the mask on, but I agree.