We Lost Our Mask at Universal Orlando! Here’s What Happened Next!

Masks are about to become the new theme park essential item you’re definitely going to want to bring if you visit.

Molly with the Grinch

As a health and safety precaution, Universal Orlando is requiring all guests and employees to wear masks on property. But because wearing masks on rides is something totally new to most guests (and us!), there are bound to be a few sticky spots along the way!

During the Passholder Previews today, we have been putting our masks to the ultimate test on some of Universal Orlando’s fastest rides!

Things were going pretty well — until Jurassic Park River Adventure, that is!

Jurassic Park River Adventure

Guests are allowed to take off their masks for the duration of the ride after they are seated in the boats. We must have gotten so excited to see the dinosaurs that we just set our masks in our laps without thinking twice. Do you see where this is going…?

At the end of the ride, we leapt up and headed on our merry way to get a snack — only to realize that our mask was nowhere to be found. Could it be? Did it really fly off into the breeze without us even noticing?

Jurassic Park River Adventure

When we made it to a nearby team member to ask for advice, he had to spend a moment figuring out what to do and where we could purchase a mask nearby.

Face Coverings

Surely we weren’t the first people who encountered a face mask fiasco. But the restaurants and attractions weren’t equipped with disposable masks, so we were on our own!

The Leaky Cauldron

We covered our mouth and nose with a rain poncho and made our way over to the nearest store (we’re not trying to break the rules, we promise). Although we LOVED our new mask, we can’t say we had properly prepared for this.

Our New Mask!

If you want to avoid the panicked, poncho-over-mouth race to the nearest store, we recommend packing extra masks in your purses or backpacks — just in case. If it doesn’t sail off into the wind, it can always fall and get stepped on. That seems like a pretty good time for a replacement too.

Also, learn from our mistakes. If you happen to be on a water ride where you can take your mask off, be sure to store it somewhere safe or hang onto it (no matter how exciting the ride gets).

Molly in Universal

We wonder if other guests faced the same issue as us and whether that could encourage Universal to start keeping disposable masks by attractions. But we have to remember, the poncho we clenched around our mouth wasn’t free, so there’s a chance it will remain a “be prepared or pay the price” scenario.

Check out what it’s like to ride Universal Orlando attractions with a face mask here!

Do you have any questions about our visit to Universal Orlando? Let us know in the comments below!

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Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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6 Replies to “We Lost Our Mask at Universal Orlando! Here’s What Happened Next!”

  1. Were the Universal masks comfortable? In pictures they look like some sort of sport-y fabric that could be easier to breathe than some of the heavier cloth masks, but it’s hard to tell!

    1. Hi Jacki! They were very comfortable! The material was a bit thick, but the loops around the ears were especially comfy.

      1. I heard they’re offering them in different sizes. Since you found them comfortable, I’m curious which size you went with.

  2. Great advise. Good to know that the parks are selling masks. You never know what can happen. Love your page and videos.

  3. Some of the more intense attractions, such as the rollercoasters, do have some spare disposable masks if you lose yours on the ride (as I did).

  4. In the future, Use a large paper clip as a hook for the elastics. This way the mask is secure and the elastics won’t bother your ears.