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  • On May 15, 2021
    Michelle from NV Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Now that the mask policy has been updated to be required to be used indoors only... Will there be any exceptions made for my 7 yr old child with Autism to be exempt from not wearing one?

    Hello Michelle!

    Welcome to planDisney! Many Guests were thrilled to hear about the changes to the face covering policy at the Walt Disney World Resort. Guests may now choose not to wear a face covering in outdoor common areas. This would include walking around the theme parks outdoors, resort sidewalks, and pool decks. With the hot summer coming, this was welcome news for many!

    Currently, all Guests aged 2 and older are still required to wear a face covering in indoor areas such as stores, dining establishments when not eating, and attraction queues. The policy does not currently offer exceptions for any reason. It is difficult to predict when and how things will change in the future, so I can only really tell you what the policy is today. I would be prepared that if the policy doesn’t change before your visit, your child will be expected to wear a face covering in those specific situations.

    Only you know your child best, and what is manageable for them. If you think picking their own would make it less stressful or more fun for your child, there are some cool Disney-themed masks available from shopDisney. These same types of masks are also sold in many of the gift shops on property. You could also consider visiting after the policy has changed, though at this time I don’t know when that will be. I hope you and your child can have a magical visit, whenever you decide it is right for you.

    - Kate
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Meet the Panelist: Kate, Indiana

"Welcome Home!" I'm Kate, a mom and nurse from Indiana. A lifelong Disney fan, Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, planned romantic trips for two and made FastPass+ reservations for an entire marching band! Whether dining with Mickey, surfing in Hawaii, or relaxing around the pool we make the most of our Disney Vacation Club Membership. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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