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  • On Aug 10, 2020
    Sarah from MI Asked

    We are planning a trip in January of 2021 but some of my party cannot medically tolerate a face mask. I'm assuming we will need a form from a doctor but can't find information anywhere on what we need to do. Can you help direct us?

    Thanks for sending in your question to planDisney, Sarah! Now we invite you to Be Our Guest!

    Although some things may differ from your last visit, Mickey and his pals are ready to welcome you back to the magic! To ensure the safety of all their Guests and Cast Members, the Disney Parks have developed guidelines based on advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and appropriate government agencies. Many Guests have written to us about the use of masks in the Parks, and Walt's Disney World Resort's policy for everyone ages two and older is:
    *Face coverings must fully cover both the mouth and nose and secure under the chin
    *Be made with at least 2 layers of breathable material
    *Must fit snugly and comfortably along the side of the face
    *The mask must secure with either ties or ear loops to be hands-free

    Currently, Walt Disney World Resort does not allow any medical exceptions on the above policy, even with a doctor's note. It seems like packing our masks will be as essential as our Minnie ears for the time being! 

    The Sunshine State is known for abundant heat and humidity, so I understand how it is difficult to tolerate a mask, especially if you have a medical condition. I'm not sure when your planned travel dates are, but I recommend waiting until Florida's cooler months, starting around November, if possible. Since Disney requires masks to be worn in all public spaces unless swimming or while actively eating or drinking (you should be stationary while eating), I think taking a few breaks at your Resort Hotel pool, if staying on property, and scheduling table service meals during the hotter periods of the day will help. Something else to note is that Walt Disney World has added several designated locations at each of the four theme parks called "Relaxation Stations" where you can get out of the sun, take off your masks safely, and get a little breather. These areas are marked on the theme park Guide Maps (which you can pick up at the entrance to each theme park). If you have any more questions, check out the Know Before you Go page for the most up to date information.

    I hope this helps, Sarah! See ya' real soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Eean, Pennsylvania

Hi, I'm Eean from Pennsylvania!  I may have an unusual name, but my passion for Disney is not unique.  It’s amazing how many people you can find who love talking about, "The Most Magical Place On Earth!"  I'm that mom who always has her ears perked at PTO meetings, in the grocery store aisle, or at middle school basketball games waiting for an opportunity to give someone a planning tip to help make their vacation even more magical.


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