With the recent reopening of Disney Springs and Shanghai Disneyland, we are getting a first glimpse of what the Orlando parks could look like when they reopen this July. One thing has become clear- masks will likely be required for guests and cast members. While we understand masks or face coverings may not be the most ideal or comfortable for everyone (especially small children), there are definitely ways to maximize comfort while wearing one.
Here are our 10 best tips for wearing a mask at Disney.
1. Wear your sunscreen- We all know that the Florida heat can be brutal, and wearing a face covering or mask may intensify the heat, so the last thing you’d want is a sunburn! Make sure to cover your ears, and make sure to reapply throughout the day.
2. Bring some mints or menthol cough drops- A face covering or mask can really make us feel stuffy, try popping a mint or menthol cough drop to refresh your breath.
3. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water- Again, Florida heat can be brutal, and adding a face-covering could cause you to sweat more than usual. Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day and stay hydrated.
4. Use a cooling fan or cooling towel- Cooling fans and towels can really help keep you cool on a hot day. You can purchase the cooling fan pictured above on Shop Disney, or inside the parks. It’s amazing what a cool mist of air can do to keep you comfortable on a hot day.
5. Bring a hair tie- If you have long hair, you will probably want to wear it up. With the added heat a mask or face covering may bring, you’ll want your hair off of your neck and ears.
6. Protect your ears- For some, it may be more comfortable to wear a mask or face covering that secures around the head instead of around the ears. “Ear savers” can also be purchased or made to make the mask more comfortable and not irritate the ears. Try these methods out and see what is most comfortable for you.
7. Plan your day utilizing Fast Pass + system- To minimize your time waiting in line, we recommend you utilize the Fast Pass system and plan your day accordingly. You may want an indoor, air-conditioned attraction planned for mid-day to cool off and get a break from the heat. Smart planning can help keep you comfortable throughout the day.
8. Bring lip balm or chapstick- Help keep your lips from becoming chapped and dry and pack a lip balm or chapstick- it could end up being a life-saver!
9. Wear contacts instead of eyeglasses if possible- Let’s face it, you will already have your face mostly covered- having eyeglasses in addition to your face covering could feel like overkill. If possible, ditch the glasses and wear contacts. If you prefer to still wear glasses, try to find the most comfortable way to wear your mask along with your glasses.
10. Book a table service reservation to take a break and cool off- Try reserving a strategically timed table service meal. While sitting down to eat, you will be able to safely take off your mask. Not only will you be able to cool off indoors, but your face will get a little break from the covering. Try to reserve your meal at a time when you will be ready to cool off and take a short break from wearing your face covering.
While we completely understand that not everyone is enthusiastic about the new guidelines, if we follow some of these tips we can remain as comfortable as possible while still enjoying the parks safely.
If you are looking for some Disney Face Masks check out ShopDisney!
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