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  • On Feb 15, 2021
    Tara from UT Asked

    I'm starting to worry about my 8 year old wearing her mask-she tends to let her nose poke out while wearing it. She has some sensory processing issues, so I'm sure it's related to that. Do they have any exceptions for kids with disabilities?

    Hi Tara,

    Welcome back to planDisney! It's great to see you stop by again, and thanks for bringing us this really important question.

    There's so much that goes into planning a Disney vacation, and as the mama of a child with autism, I know that we want nothing more than for our vacations to be magical experiences for all of our family members. I'm happy to let you know that we've always found that that to be the case at Walt Disney World Resort, in part because of all of the wonderful services they offer for Guests with disabilities.

    These are certainly unique circumstances we're living in currently, though, and with Disney's commitment to health and safety for all Guests and Cast Members alike, there are not any exemptions to the face covering guidelines. All Guests ages two and over are required to wear face coverings that cover their mouth and nose at all times...with a few exceptions that I'll share about below. I know this can be tough for kiddos who struggle with sensory processing, so I'd love to offer you a few tips from my experience. 

    First, I'd recommend doing as much as you can ahead of time to help her become comfortable wearing a mask for extended periods of time. If you don't have an Occupational Therapist to help you with this, I'd recommend doing a quick internet search on "Tips from an OT on mask wearing." There are several helpful articles on finding the right mask and things you can do to help your princess feel comfortable. Next, I'd recommend that you build lots of breaks into your visit. Guests are allowed to remove masks when eating or drinking while stationary and physically distanced from other Guests, while at the swimming pool, or while resting at a Relaxation Station. Taking frequent, short breaks for a bite to eat could be really helpful, as could a break in the middle of the day to head back to your Disney Resort hotel for a rest or swim. My fellow Panelist Sarah did an excellent job explaining the Relaxation Stations and sharing their locations, and I'd definitely recommend you read that answer, too. You know your daughter best, though, and if you feel like the face covering requirement is too much for her at this point, please know that Disney has a very flexible cancellation policy right now that could allow you to move your trip back without any penalties.

    I hope this helps you make the right decision for you and your family, Tara. Whether you decide to keep your trip as planned or move it back a bit, I'm sending pixie dust for a truly magical visit for your entire family!

    Missy
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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Virginia

Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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