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PHOTO: Walt Disney World Now Placing Digital Face Masks Over Maskless Guests in On-Ride Photos

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UPDATE: Disney has released a statement that they will no longer digitally enhance on-ride photos to add face masks over maskless guests. You can read the full statement here.


When Walt Disney World theme parks reopened back in July, they did so with new COVID-19 health and safety protocols, including the requirement that guests must wear face masks at all times. To further enforce this rule, guests who were found not wearing their face mask correctly on attractions did not receive their on-ride PhotoPass photos at all. Now, it seems Disney has compromised on this somewhat, “enhancing” on-ride photos by placing digital face masks over maskless guests in on-ride photos.

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Photo Credit: Tony Townsend on Facebook

In a photo posted by Tony Townsend on the Facebook group Disney World Junkies, we see the first instance of this practice aboard DINOSAUR. While everyone in the front row seems to have their face masks on correctly, the riders in the back apparently did not. You can see the slightly oversized, digitized face mask edited onto the woman on the left—it almost looks like face mask clip art.

Due to the additional processing required for these photos, there is a bit of a delay for them to finally appear under the “My Photos” section of your My Disney Experience account. However, this does allow for guests to still receive their on-ride photo, even if there’s a guest not following the rules in their same ride vehicle. With plexiglass installed on most attraction ride vehicles, it’s increasingly likely that you’ll be riding along with one if not multiple other parties, so even if your group is following the face mask guidelines, there’s the chance that someone else might not be.

Not only will these new digitally-applied face masks allow for guests to enjoy their full PhotoPass benefits, but it will also encourage compliance, reducing the “monkey see, monkey do” thought process that may lead guests to erroneously believe it’s okay to remove their masks while on attractions. So far, these digital face mask enhancements are available on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin at the Magic Kingdom and aboard DINOSAUR in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We expect to see them rolled out to all on-ride PhotoPass opportunities in the coming months.

What do you think of the addition of digital face masks to on-ride photos? Do you think it sets the right precedent for guests? Let us know in the comments below!

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JT
JT
4 months ago

Boomers ruining everything again as pictured. But Disney isn’t opposed to still making money off of the people breaking the rules and potentially spreading a deadly virus.

Pan
Pan
4 months ago
Reply to  JT

I think Disney should be fined and shut down

Jack D
Jack D
4 months ago
Reply to  Pan

fined for what? expecting people to do what they are told?

Patrick
Patrick
4 months ago
Reply to  Pan

Not sure what state you are from, but Florida has no mask mandate. Legally they could reopen to full occupancy with not a mask in sight. Disney actually stops rides that can be stopped and cast characters are constantly telling people to pull their masks up over the PA on rides. We were walking and drinking with our masks off and they said Toni’s you need to be stationary when consuming food or beverage. Disney is doing what they can but I feel they should kick indignant people out.

BDM
BDM
4 months ago
Reply to  JT

True. They should save being maskless when they are out protesting the current cause du jour with the a**clown milennials. Keep it up folks! Soon, the Gen X’ers will have the world to themselves.

dreamfinder
dreamfinder
4 months ago

How are you okay with all of this? Every time I read something like this coming out of Disney, I shake my head with disgust. Yet you censor comments so the rest of us can’t see others who feel the same way.

Tom Corless
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  dreamfinder

What are you talking about?

Shi
Shi
4 months ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

My guess is he/she is upset that comments from people who disagree with what Disney is doing are being censored so that all we see are comments from people who support the mask restrictions and support Disney in this new development of adding masks to noncompliant guests. While I don’t know if the censoring is actually happening or not, if it is I honestly don’t blame him/her for being upset. Everyone should get to voice their opinions, or no one should.

Tom Corless
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Shi

It definitely looks look there are varying opinions here. We delete comments that are offensive.

Lynn Gipprich
Lynn Gipprich
4 months ago

What I want to know is how the guests NOT wearing masks are ” reminded” this is not acceptable at Disney. They may not care about the photo, but they are required to wear a mask and this is photographic proof they are not.

Karen K Garcia
Karen K Garcia
4 months ago

Stupid. Disney has gone way too over the top.

Masks outside. Can anyone say fresh air is good for you???

Prince Naveen
Prince Naveen
4 months ago
Reply to  Karen K Garcia

Indeed fresh air is. And it’s been accepted by the CDC and other so-called experts that fresh air and UV rays kill viruses or at least slow the spread. CCP virus is no different. But Disney doesn’t care. I won’t ever go again, given the outside mandate and other left wing “woke” things they do.

Pandemickeybiohazard
Pandemickeybiohazard
4 months ago
Reply to  Prince Naveen

Source? (Spoiler: there isn’t one for any of that because it’s nonsense. Listen to what science knows about how you keep you safe. Or make it political and risk your life and other lives every time you leave your home. Gee I wonder which of these two will turn out well for you.)

Jeff Yarbrough
Jeff Yarbrough
4 months ago
Reply to  Prince Naveen

Great. Fewer people in the Park. Thank you

Brandon
Brandon
4 months ago
Reply to  Prince Naveen

Good riddance. Seems like the measures are doing exactly what they’re set out to do. ;D

Michael
Michael
4 months ago

We saw a lot people that would get on the ride in front of us, and as soon as the ride vehicle left the loading area (with Cast Members) down the masks would come for the rest of the ride. In my opinion, they should be escorted out as soon as the picture was taken – proof of non-compliance with the safety rules set in place by Disney. They won’t be able to argue that they paid for admission when there is photographic evidence. CMs are doing a great job reminding people that are not following the rules, but the… Read more »

Stopthebull
Stopthebull
4 months ago
Reply to  Michael

You sound so stupid. Get your head out of your butt.

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Michael
Michael
4 months ago
Reply to  Stopthebull

Reasoning? Counter-argument? (Spoiler: there isn’t one because you are talking nonsense, take your own advice.)

Samantha
Samantha
4 months ago
Reply to  Michael

Or you should maybe not go to Disney during a pandemic?

Michael
Michael
4 months ago
Reply to  Samantha

Or maybe when rules are in place, people should follow them to let everyone have a great time?

Karen
Karen
4 months ago
Reply to  Michael

In November there was no may it was you will be asked to leave! I saw it wit my own eyes. Those that don’t want to follow the rules need not go. It’s a simple as that. I was at WDW for a week wore my mask as required came home waited 2 weeks toke a COVID test negative. It works!

Brian
Brian
4 months ago

We went to Walt Disney world Epcot and Hollywood studios last weekend. On rockn’ roller coaster we didn’t get to scan our magic bands at the end of the ride but our photos did show up in our photopass photos. Disney must be using some RFID or facial recognition systems on the rides.

Anna
Anna
4 months ago
Reply to  Brian

You don’t have to scan your magic bands to get photos for a lot of rides anymore because it reads the chip in your Magic band. Only rides that haven’t been updated with the remote scanner do you have to actually scan your Magic band at the end of the ride 😊

Grace C
Grace C
4 months ago

Ridiculous! This seems to be giving the message it’s ok to not comply. No mask? No ride. Escort from park. They’re worried about your Disney Experience photo!? What about the overall safety of your compliant Disney guests? This gives a false sense of safety to those in the park, and those planning a visit. I guess the loss of a dollar outweighs common sense and doing the right thing. Shame on Disney.

Peter
Peter
4 months ago

MASKS MASKS MASKS!!!!!! Totally out of CONTROL. We are bring manipulated, people. But by Who???????

Christopher
Christopher
4 months ago
Reply to  Peter

Am I the only one who hears this in Nick’s psychotic-comments voice???

Steve
Steve
4 months ago
Reply to  Peter

You’re being manipulated by your own defective brain.

Jeff Yarbrough
Jeff Yarbrough
4 months ago
Reply to  Peter

Masks work. Use them to help stop RONA

Erika, RN
Erika, RN
3 months ago
Reply to  Peter

First, it’s “whom,” second, it’s the virus’s spread that’s out of control because people are not compliant in measures to slow the spread.

Keith Skiven
Keith Skiven
4 months ago

This seems like a money grab for Disney more than anything. The previous policy of denying guests any PhotoPass photos for non-compliance of the mask rule prevented Disney from making any money on PhotoPass sales. Now there’s a chance non-complying guests will buy a photo with a digitized mask while still enabling “monkey see, monkey do” behavior from those guests who happen to observe people breaking the rules while physically on the rides.

Stopthebull
Stopthebull
4 months ago
Reply to  Keith Skiven

Everything with Disney is about money. EVERYTHING. They don’t give a rats behind about anyone. These rules are total crap anyway, and they know it. They’re only pretending to comply so they can keep pocketing more money.

sam
sam
4 months ago

they should take it one step farther and impose a character face on top of them.

Robert
Robert
4 months ago
Reply to  sam

And the obvious choice of character: Dopey.

Scott Terry
Scott Terry
4 months ago

Digitally placing face masks on riders who know that they are supposed to have them on seems ridiculous it’s as if facemasks don’t matter I’d be angry to find out someone on my ride had no mask on.

Christopher
Christopher
4 months ago

This may be a little “Big Brother” of me, but I say go further: If you catch someone defying the mask rules via the on-ride photo, meet them at the exit to the ride and kindly escort them out of the park. Yes, everyone has the right not to wear a mask on their own private property, and I respect that, but if you’re going to come onto Disney property and break their rules, then you don’t belong. Have a magical day somewhere else.

Goofeyfan
Goofeyfan
4 months ago

So what happened to Disney policy that guests must wear masks at all times except while eating or drinking and stationary. There are ample notices that guests who do not comply will be asked to leave the park. With photo evidence it seems clear that Disney should remove the offending parties from the park.

Ed Kolonsky
Ed Kolonsky
4 months ago

Dumb. Stupid. Both? Instead of putting facemasks on the guests who are incapable of following the rules the should put a blank circle of their faces. This way compliant guests could still get their photo and the offending (offensive?) guest would get nothing. Given the current seating assignments, this hould apply to the entire row with the rule breaker.

Tobasco
Tobasco
4 months ago
Reply to  Ed Kolonsky

Don’t you realize that people not wearing the masks don’t care about the photos? Many people do not want photos of themselves wearing masks.

Paul
Paul
4 months ago

Cool compromise. Personally, I think they should overlay the maskless one with Game of Thrones “Shame” meme…

Robby
Robby
4 months ago

What an incredibly stupid thing to do. Disney is unbelievable. No wonder they are loosing money

BeeT
BeeT
4 months ago

I honestly thought they would’ve called out those people who had no mask on during the rides and these photos were proof.

James gibbs
James gibbs
4 months ago

This is unbelievably stupid. I was held at the gate for wearing a Boondock Saints shirt, although that was the result of some liberal dumbass employee. I was held at the gate for a keychain shaped like Han Solo’s blaster and that is their policy. I didn’t think they can get anymore dumb than banning a piece of plastic about the size of a half quarter; but hear we go…… digitally added masks……🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️

James devon
James devon
4 months ago

Haha so funny 😆

Jim
Jim
4 months ago

Why should Disney make a compromise for people who dont want to follow their rules?