Disney continues selling character-themed masks at heavily discounted prices despite new mask requirements

Jul 29, 2021 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Thursday July 29, 2021 11:14am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Despite Disney announcing that face masks will again be required at Walt Disney World, the company is still selling its character-themed masks at markdown prices.

The masks were initially put on sale in June as mask requirements at the parks came to an end and was thought to be a permanent goodbye to masks.

A four-pack of masks featuring Mickey Mouse that previously sold at $19.99 remains at $6 as of July 29 on shopDisney.

Two packs of masks that shopDisney previously sold for $11.99 are still $3 as of July 29 on shopDisney.

Disney began selling face masks in April 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, and it became clear that Walt Disney World would be reopening with a requirement for guests to wear masks. Initial pre-orders quickly sold out, and delivery times slipped to a couple of months.

As part of the product launch in 2020, Disney donated one million cloth face masks for children and families in underserved and vulnerable communities across the U.S. The company also donated $1million in profits from the sales in the U.S. of Disney's cloth face masks to Medshare.

As of June 15 2021, Disney no longer required masks to be worn at the Walt Disney World Resort hotels and theme parks for fully vaccinated guests, but that changes on July 30 as mask requirements return for all guests when indoors.

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danlb_20002 days ago

There was a study that showed that at the state level the mandates didn't make much difference. This could have been because of a lack of enforcement wasn't actually changing the number of people wearing masks. It also could be that the places where it was being enforced weren't the places that were driving the spread.

Chip Chipperson2 days ago

My friend Gavin got a bad case of Machinehead that way. It turned green to red and everything.

SteveAZee2 days ago

It seems like the idea, in restaurants, is to keep the spread local to the table as much as possible, conceding that you're eating and drinking there so... particulates all over. Moving from door to table or table to restroom allows you to 'spread the wealth' across all the tables in between... so I sort of understand the logic of maskless at the dining table and masked everywhere else.

Chi842 days ago

I see almost no masking in restaurants. People wear them walking to and from their table but don’t wear them at all while seated. It’s just the nature of restaurants. I’m not sure how much good mask mandates are doing in restaurants. The servers do wear them so maybe that helps.

SteveAZee2 days ago

I suppose that's possible, certainly in broader applications. Having mask mandates under controlled environments likely to cause spread (such as airplanes, restaurants, etc), that seems to work. Trying to enforce a mask mandate for the public at large seems difficult.

Tom P.3 days ago

I do look at the comparative data. Which is why I think mask mandates should all be lifted. There is very little, if any, data to suggest that mask mandates make any appreciable difference. Note that I am referring to mask mandates, not to masks themselves. Effectiveness of masks themselves is an entirely different matter. But having mandates in place does not seem to make any significant difference in outcomes.

Tinkwings3 days ago

Fixed that above......good point! :p

danlb_20003 days ago

"Breathe in, Breathe out", that's a sure fire way to spread the virus! ;)

SteveAZee3 days ago

Yes, it didn't prevent it. Harder to know how much the masks mitigated it, though... could the spike have been worse? You can only infer the answer by looking at other populations that didn't apply a mandate.

Ayla3 days ago

Zero chance.

SoCalDisneyLover3 days ago

Cool, anyways. So if you're saying that Delta hit Hawaii as hard as places like FL, MS, TX, AR, TN, then you're still wrong. The fact that Delta impacted everywhere is irrelevant. Hawaii got hit harder during Delta that at any other time of the pandemic. Fine. But to even compare their results with those other states, is so far from reality, it's kind of sad the comparison is being made.

mikejs783 days ago

Frankly, if politics weren't an issue, the solution would be to require proof of vaccination or wear a mask in any public setting, at least during outbreaks.

Trauma3 days ago

You make a great point here about a clearly defined goal. It makes it easier to determine success or failure. It also makes it easier to then replicate the goal in other similar settings.

MansionButler843 days ago

A goal is better than a vague, “maybe someday,” at least.