January 16, 2021

Who said that?

Florida's quote of the day

| 11/25/2020

"No one wants to pay $120 to get into a theme park and then get kicked out for not wearing a 50-cent mask. Not great economics there."

-- Len Testa

Just before Halloween, Len Testa saw something rather frightening at Disney Springs: A woman attempting to pass off a paper napkin attached to her nose with a clothespin as a mask meant to ward off the coronavirus.

Disney security didn’t buy it and wouldn’t let her in with her homemade mask, but Testa couldn’t help feel annoyed. “I was just like, why can’t you just follow the rules?” he said.

Testa is a computer scientist who started his business Touring Plans to analyze wait times for vacationers.

The Disney Springs incident made him curious. How often did people follow the rules? He wanted to understand the typical days at the theme parks beyond the occasional bad apple whose defiance often goes viral on social media.

After all, when Orlando’s theme parks reopened this summer in the middle of the pandemic, one of the biggest questions was how would Americans would respond to wearing masks.

So the next day, Testa started counting masks at Disney World, and he hasn’t stopped. His findings: Between 94% and 98% wore their masks correctly each day as Touring Plans counted 10,000 people.

Read more at the Orlando Sentinel

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