Apparently, at some point, the folks at Disney World actually thought it was a good idea to digitally enhance images taken during rides to put masks on people who weren’t wearing them, taking virtue signaling to a whole new level.
Walt Disney World parks in both California and Florida reopened in July, amid the coronavirus pandemic and decided to enact a variety of COVID-19 health and safety protocols, such as requiring guests to wear masks at all times.
“Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members,” said the Disney guidelines. “Please bring your own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when dining or swimming. You may remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking, but you should be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing.”
According to the guidelines, all face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) must “be made with at least 2 layers of breathable material, fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin, fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, be secured with ties or ear loops and allow the Guest to remain hands-free.” Neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind were not acceptable face coverings.
To win compliance, guests who did not properly wear their face masks on attractions did not receive their on-ride PhotoPass photos. But then the parks reportedly started to digitally superimpose masks on visitors, WDW reported.
Now we all know what the purpose of this nonsense was. The reason they digitally imposed the masks on folks was to encourage more guest compliance with mask requirements. Virtue signaling. Say it with me, folks.
However, Disney World received a ton of backlash and has now decided to stop adding in the masks for the photos.
“In response to guest requests, we tested modifying some ride photos. We are no longer doing this and continue to expect guests to wear face coverings except when actively eating or drinking while stationary,” Disney World said in a recent statement.
Hey, at least they listened to the complaints instead of continuing to push this garbage. That’s more than can be said for a lot of other companies.