• On Mar 5, 2021
    Shannon from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Covid ruined last years first time trip for our 6 year old (mickey obsessed) special needs son. I have been to Disney since the new mask rules, but he hasn't. When will he be allowed? He is not able to wear a mask due to his severe disability?

    Howdy, Shannon! It is so exciting to welcome a fellow Ohioan to planDisney. I am so happy you are here with your question.
    When it comes to the pandemic, to say that it has led to so much loss is still quite an understatement! I am so sorry to hear that your 6-year-old has had his very first Disney vacation affected as a result of this unprecedented situation. I know that cannot be easy for him or you.
    As you likely already know, Walt Disney World has re-opened its doors, and Guests are welcome to return to the magic. However, that magic looks and feels somewhat different from the new precautions and regulations in place to ensure the health and well-being of all Guests and Cast Members. One of the most visible changes in the policy requiring face masks for all Guests. At this time, there is no provision for allowing anyone into the Parks that cannot abide by this guideline. I know that is likely disappointing, as I have recently rescheduled a trip due to a relative who cannot tolerate mask-wearing. Unfortunately, I am unable to provide you with a date when this may again be possible. There is indeed much hope on the horizon with how we are slowly returning to life as we used to know it, but we have no updates to share on any changes to the masking policies at this time.
    While we wait for more guidance, I have chosen to tentatively plan on a family trip in 2022, hopefully including my relative. If the mask policy remains, I plan to take advantage of the very lenient cancellation policy that Walt Disney World extends to all Guests! This way, I feel comfortable rescheduling while I know that there will not be a financial loss for us as long as we reschedule or cancel in advance. 
    Shannon, I hope that this information helps you plan and dream with your son! In the meantime, I encourage you to share some Disney magic with him via Disney+, where he can hopefully find some magic to carry him through until he can set foot in the Theme Parks. The good news is also that there is no “best age” to visit the Walt Disney World Resort, as you will truly find something for everyone! Make sure that you explore the Services for Guests with Disabilities in order to familiarize yourself with all the resources at your disposal when you do pay a visit! I hope that your little boy does not have to wait much longer, and please know that it is our pleasure to provide updates whenever you would like to check in with us again!
    Wishing you many magical memories,

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Meet the Panelist: Clara, Ohio

Hi, friends! I'm Clara, a Pediatrician from Cincinnati, OH, a mom to two Disney-loving boys and married to my college sweetheart.  As a native Spaniard and Spanish speaker, my happiest early memories of life in the United States were formed at Walt Disney World. I love to find ways to sprinkle some R&R and good food among the hustle and bustle of our Disney vacations, and I would love to help you do the same! Learn More About Clara

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