Disney World Reportedly Hides Its Maskless Guests With Some Handy Photoshop

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The Orlando Sentinel reports that Walt Disney World has apparently started to digitally insert masks on photos of guests at the park who have removed theirs while on rides (in violation of park policy). Yes, you read that right—there are people who are not only still going to amusement parks while the U.S. is reaching unprecedented numbers of daily deaths as a result of coronavirus, but who are also removing their masks while at those amusement parks.

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After reopening during the coronavirus pandemic, Disney World’s policy was to refuse to allow parkgoers to see or purchase photos of themselves on rides if their masks were not being worn properly in the photograph. In fact, PhotoPass photographers in the park are supposedly not allowed to take visitors’ photos unless they are wearing their masks. It seems pretty transparent that the actual purpose of this pathetic policy is not to protect the guests at the park, but to prevent the potential backlash that could ensue with photos of maskless guests at Disney World being released to the public.

A photo from the dinosaur ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom shows a guest on a ride with an oversized black face mask that appears to be digitally placed on their face.

So there no real repercussions to not wearing your mask properly at Disney World, a theme park where it is impossible to socially distance, where people are constantly removing their masks to eat and drink, and any surface you touch has likely been touched by a minimum of ten other people in the past hour. Cool. Cool. Coooooooool.

There were 3,054 covid-19 related deaths in the United States on Wednesday. Please, I beg of you, wear a fucking mask.

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DISCUSSION

My sister and her family went to Disney World the week before Thanksgiving (with about 10-15 other people in my BIL’s family) and my partner’s sister and mom just got back from Disney World on Tuesday.

I haven’t visited my sister since her trip, and we’re not planning on seeing my partner’s mom or sister until Christmas—which they just barely make it to “not overtly dangerous to be around” territory for.

My sister claims they bought a non-refundable trip before the pandemic, but my partner’s sister and mom only booked their trip a few months ago.

I would say I can’t believe none of them have gotten COVID yet, but at this point, I bet at least one of them had it and were asymptomatic. Which is just not fair when I know other people have really restricted their lives, worn masks and taken precautions, gotten COVID, and been through hell because of it. Probably because the people going on vacations and to big weddings spread it to them.