Kids with masks
  • On Jan 29, 2021
    Jenny from OH Asked

    What happens if a newly two year old refuses to keep his mask on at the parks?

    Hey, Jenny! I am so excited for you. Your vacation to the most magical place on earth is only a few short weeks away. The countdown is on! 

    Jenny, I am sure it cannot be easy explaining the world situations to a two-year-old right now. I feel for you. So much has changed for everyone, two-year-olds included. Currently, the guidelines for visiting Walt Disney World state that all Guests ages 2 and up are required to wear a face-covering over their nose and mouth at all times. All Cast Members are on alert and will remind Guests of this protocol when they spot them not wearing face coverings correctly. If your two-year-old removes his mask, a Cast Member will remind you and him to pull it up.

    If there's one piece of advice I can give you, it is to schedule lots of breaks in your itinerary. I personally love taking a break around lunchtime and heading back to my resort for a swim but you don't have to leave the parks to get a nice break in. There are relaxation stations set up throughout the Walt Disney World Theme Parks where you can take your face covering off and relax for a little while. There are tables and chairs in these areas set up that are spread out for everybody's safety. You can eat and drink in these areas but you don't have to. These relaxation stations are going to be key for your little one.

    Here's where you can find them:
    • Magic Kingdom Park has 3 stations. An indoor station is located at Pete's Silly Sideshow in the Storybook Circus Area. This is a great location if it's warm out because it's air-conditioned. You'll find another station set up at Tomorrowland Terrace. This is a nice one to catch one of the many character cavalcades going down Main Street U.S.A.. Golden Oak Outpost is the final relaxation station set up at Magic Kingdom Park. This is located in Frontierland 
    • Disney's Hollywood Studios has 2 stations currently set up. One is near the entrance to Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance which is outdoor only and the other is at Star Wars Launch Bay which is mostly indoors. 
    • Disney's Animal Kingdom has 2 stations. One is located at Pizzafari on Discovery Island, which is like the main hub at this theme park. It's outside but umbrellas are set up and are great for blocking the shade and there are restrooms nearby. The other location is on the Discovery River between the Africa and Asia lands. This is a nice spot to wave at characters on one of the many boat cavalcades that pass by during the day. 
    • Epcot has 3 relaxation stations to choose from. The United Kingdom Pavilion location is my favorite because it's located next to the stand where you can get fish and chips. It's also set up right along the water and provides a beautiful view while eating lunch. Inside the Norway Pavilion you'll find another indoor station at the restaurant Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. Since it is not open for dining, it's a nice place to cool off from the Florida heat. The final station here is found near Mission: SPACE, if you are near the front of the park and need a break, this is going to be your best option. 
    Also, I should mention that eating and drinking is currently not allowed while in line for Walt Disney World attractions. You'll need to save the snacks until you are out of the queue and pulled over, completely stationary, away from other Guests. This can be at a relaxation station, a bench, a quick service dining location or on the sidewalk. Just make sure to be physically distanced before removing those masks. 

    I know it seems like a lot right now, but I think your child is going to do great. Kids have a great ability to adapt. I hope this helps, Jenny. If you have any other questions, I'd love to help. Have fun!  
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Meet the Panelist: Jackie, North Carolina

I love all things Walt Disney World.  In fact, since becoming Annual Passholders, my family of 3 is always hopping in the car for a quick trip to visit with Mickey Mouse!  I've been known to make the 8 hour each way drive to Walt Disney World (in one day!) to indulge in a Mickey Waffle or enjoy a sunny day at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.  I may have a small family, but we are always up for some BIG fun at the Walt Disney World Resort.   Learn More About Jackie

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