If you’ve been to Disney World since the reopening in July you know that masks are mandatory pretty much everywhere. Disney has been very strict on enforcing this rule. Guests must be eating or drinking while stationary and socially distanced in order to remove their masks. This also means no pictures without a face covering. This rule leaves a lot of guests wondering if Memory Maker is worth it to purchase. Some guests really don’t love the idea of all their photos including masks. Should Disney change this rule? Personally, I believe this rule could be slightly changed and mask-free photos should be allowed. Let’s discuss…
Safety- In my opinion, I believe there is a way for guests to be socially distanced enough to quickly remove their masks for a photo. If guests can do this eating or drinking, I don’t see much of a difference. The Cast Members who enforce the rules could also let guests know if they are distanced enough for maskless photos. Now, of course, some guests will take advantage of this, but that’s why Cast Members are there to enforce the rules. I think mask-free photos could be safely taken outdoors if there was protocol in place.
Iconic Landmarks- Another option for safe mask-free photos would be to only allow them in designated areas. One example of this could be in front of the iconic landmarks of each park. Most people believe the iconic landmarks to be Cinderella Castle, Spaceship Earth, the Tree of Life, and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Photo Pass photographers are already stationed at all of these spots, so it would be easy to implement social distancing and also be an added benefit to purchasing Memory Maker. Even if Disney only allowed maskless photos to be taken by Photo Pass photographers, it would be a nice compromise. Another option would be to have designated selfie areas.
While the safety of Cast Members and guests are the top priorites of Disney, there are definitely ways to regulate mask-free photos and allow them to be taken safely. I also think that Memory Maker purchases would go up as a result of changing the protocal. Until then, there are many fun ways to take photos with masks!