• On Feb 10, 2021
    Shannon from GA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My child is Autistic and will not wear a mask. What are the policies at Disney World for this type of situation?

    Hi, Shannon. Thank you for entrusting your question to planDisney. I'm happy to help.

    I have a young adult daughter with Down syndrome. Believe me when I tell you that your struggle is both heard and felt by many parents; you are definitely not alone. Navigating this global pandemic is challenging in so many ways. With that acknowledged, I have to reference the updates that have been implemented at Walt Disney World. Based on guidance from health authorities, several changes have been put in place to help keep both guests and Cast Members safe and healthy. With regard to the required face coverings, there are no exceptions being made for any individuals (ages two and over), including those with extenuating circumstances. Based on the facial covering requirement for all guests, some families may decide that right now is not the best time to vacation. If you count yourself in that category, know that flexible cancellation policies have been put in place to accommodate changes in your plans. 

    Also keep in mind that guests are permitted to remove facial coverings while they are sitting to eat or drink. If you decide to travel while masks are required, it might be a good idea to schedule table service midday meals so that your child can enjoy a break. Of course, counter service and fast casual restaurants also feature space where guests can sit to dine without masks. 

    I suspect this is not the news you had hoped to hear. But I hope that having this information helps guide your decisions to best accommodate the needs of your family. 

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Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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