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Walt Disney World Will Stop Digitally Placing Masks On Unmasked Guests In Photos

The park said that it was briefly testing modifying photos per guests requests but had stopped.

A photo of guests captured on the Walt Disney World ride DINOSAUR | Twitter/@WDWNT
A photo of guests captured on the Walt Disney World ride DINOSAUR | Twitter/@WDWNT

Walt Disney World will stop digitally altering photos to put masks on guests who appeared at the park, according to multiple reports. 

Walt Disney World Today, a news outlet focusing on Disney-owned establishments, shared a photo from a private Disney park Facebook group earlier this month that shows a guest on a park ride with a shoddily-placed digital face mask. The post prompted suspicion and confusion as to whether the park was digitally altering images of certain guests to make them appear masked.

A Disney spokesperson confirmed to The Washington Post that the park was testing adding digital masks to images of riders who weren’t wearing their masks correctly or whose masks had slipped mid-ride, so they could still buy the images. According to The Post report, the park requires guests to wear masks on rides and wouldn’t provide them with an image of themselves mid-ride if they weren’t masked. But the park reportedly briefly bent the rule after some guests complained that the fast rides were causing their masks to move or slip. 

“In response to guest requests, we tested modifying some ride photos,” Walt Disney World said in a recent statement. “We are no longer doing this and continue to expect guests to wear face coverings except when actively eating or drinking while stationary.”

Walt Disney World announced in May that it would start reopening its Orlando-based theme parks and hotels in July despite surging COVID-19 cases in Florida. Park guidelines state that all guests ages two and up are required to wear face coverings at all times “except when dining or swimming.”

COVID-19 cases in Florida have continued to surge, topping over 1.1 million, including over 19,000 deaths, as of December 14.