• On Jun 17, 2021
    James from NY 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 grandson is on the autism spectrum and can’t wear a mask are there any medical exceptions to the mask policy

    Hello James! Thanks for sending your question our way. We're so happy to hEAR from you, and we appreciate your patience as we assist all who are anxious to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth during this exciting year

    During the constantly evolving public health situation, it's more important than ever to follow official sites like the Disney Parks Blog for the most current information and protocols. You may have heard that just recently, Walt Disney World updated its face mask policy. At this time, face coverings are optional in most areas of the theme parks and resorts for Guests who are fully vaccinated; there are a few places, such as Disney transportation where ALL riders need to don a mask. 

    All visitors who have not yet been vaccinated must continue to wear face masks in all indoor areas, on attractions, and while riding Disney transportation. Currently, there are no exceptions to this rule. If your grandson is not yet vaccinated, he will need to wear a face-covering in the above situations. I have two little ones who aren't old enough to be vaccinated yet, so they'll be sporting their favorite shopDisney masks during our upcoming summer vacation. 

    My panelist friend, Samantha, offers some great tips for helping children with special needs adjust to wearing a mask, and I recommend checking those out. Since face coverings are only required indoors and while onboard rides and Disney transportation, the majority of your theme park day could take place without a mask on. If your grandson enjoys dining in restaurants, he does not need to wear a mask while seated at a table, so making at least one Advanced Dining Reservation per day also provides a nice break from face coverings. 

    Alternatively, consider visiting Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park where masks would only be necessary when entering a shop. If even after practicing at home, wearing a mask proves impossible for your grandson, it might be best to postpone your trip until he is fully vaccinated, or until masks are optional for all visitors. 

    I hope this helps as you prepare for your upcoming trip, James. Thanks again for stopping by, and we can't wait to see ya real soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Betsy, Maryland

Greetings! I'm Betsy, a middle school teacher, wife, and mom of two. My family and I love to travel the world, but our best memories are those made when we're visiting Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort. No matter how many times we visit, there is always something new to see, ride, or eat at the Disney Parks. Learn More About Betsy

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