Dad and Child
  • On Jan 17, 2022
    Raquel from WI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is there any exceptions with the mask policy for kids/people who have cognitive disabilities. I have a 2 year old autistic son who doesn't comprehend the whole mask thing. Would we really be asked to leave if he fights us with it.

    Hello, Raquel, and welcome!

    I know what an important question this is, and the mask issue has been a huge deal for many families. Please don't feel alone in your concerns. I have three grandchildren under the age of four, and they just have such a hard time adjusting to the masks.

    There are no exceptions to the mask policy, but we have some time here. Let's see if we can figure this out. I encourage you to stay current with the Know Before You Go page of the Walt Disney World website. Mask requirements can and do change, so things may be different in another month. As of right now, masks are required by all guests ages two and older on Walt Disney World transportation, at indoor queues, and on indoor attractions. 

    My good friend and fellow panelist Jackie P. recommends using positive reinforcement, which worked with her son. She also snagged him some masks featuring his favorite characters. Maybe some of her strategies will help you as well. 

    Disney has already put into place services that might help you, so definitely look at the services available for guests with cognitive disabilities. I also highly recommend looking into Disney's Disability Access Service for your son. At the very least, it may help minimize wait times, and that may ultimately minimize his need to wear a mask. 

    I hope this vacation goes better than you expect. If you need us for anything, we're here for you!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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