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  • On Sep 28, 2021
    Daniela from NY Asked

    As new DVC members, we can't wait to know our home resort, but my daughter is autistic and can't wear a mask. Is there an official list of "outdoor attractions"? I've seen different takes on this. How can I better plan for her?

    Welcome Home Daniela!

    Congratulations on becoming some of the newest Members of the Disney Vacation Club! When we became Members, we had three young sons, and now we have a college student, high school boys, and an elementary school-aged daughter! Our Membership has truly grown with us, and I hope your Membership will offer you years of wonderful family vacations too!

    There is not an official list of what attractions are considered “outdoors,” but I will give you my list of attractions I think would fall into this category. However, I would want you to know that Walt Disney World’s mask policy could change at any time. I applaud you for wanting a plan, but as my husband always says, “At Disney, you need to be willing to call an audible,” meaning, be ready to change plans as you go.

    Also, there are some attractions that have a partial outdoor queue, then a partial indoor queue, and then a mostly outdoor attraction. If she were able to wear a mask for a short time while you were indoors, she could take her mask off on the attraction itself, and this would open up other options you could enjoy together.

    Some attractions that have both an outdoor queue and outdoor attraction where I think you would not need a mask at all:

    Magic Kingdom
    Swiss Family Treehouse
    The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
    Tom Sawyer Island
    Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel
    Mad Tea Party
    The Barnstormer
    Tomorrowland Speedway

    Epcot
    Concerts at the American Gardens Theater in Epcot
    World Showcase Pavilions (outdoor areas)

    Disney's Hollywood Studios
    Slinky Dog Dash
    Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage

    Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park
    Feathered Friends in Flight
    Triceratops Spin
    Discovery Island Trails
    Kilimanjaro Safaris
    Maharaja Jungle Trek
    Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail
    Wilderness Explorers Activities

    Since you asked how to better prepare, I might make it a point to play up and get excited about all the attractions you will be able to do. Maybe this would make it more exciting, rather than focusing on what you will be skipping.

    Also, do know that masks are required inside your Disney Vacation Club Resort. I’m not sure where you are staying, but a resort such as Disney’s Old Key West or Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort might be good choices as you can enter your room from the outside. If you are staying somewhere with indoor corridors such as Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas, or Disney’s Riviera Resort, know that she would be required to wear a mask in the indoor areas of the resort until you reached your room.

    I hope this helps you plan better, and know what to expect. Please let us know if you have any additional questions before your trip. And as you get to know your Membership, feel free to send the Disney Vacation Club Panelists your questions!

    Wishing you Membership Magic!
    - 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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