Girl with a Balloon
  • On Sep 11, 2020
    Erica from CA Asked

    I thought the mask requirement for Disney world was 3 and up. I booked my whole trip, I now realized it’s 2 and up. My child will have just turned 2 when I plan to visit. She refuses to wear a mask. Offering incentives doesn’t help. Do I need to cancel?!

    Hi Erica!

    Welcome to planDisney! It’s so great to hear from you.

    To allow Guests of all ages to return to the magic, a lot of thought went into how to best reopen safely. Enhanced cleaning procedures have been implemented through the Walt Disney World Resort. Physical Distancing and reduced contact are encouraged throughout to keep both Guests and Cast Members safe. Park Reservations are required for your Theme Park Days. It is highly recommended that you make these reservations in advance using the Disney Park Pass reservation system. Each Guest will have temperature screenings before entering the Theme Parks. Lastly, Face Coverings are required for all Guests, ages two and up, and Cast Members. Face coverings can be removed while dining or swimming; however, you should be seated and able to maintain physical Distancing when eating.
     
    While it may be hard for your sweet two-year-old to keep a mask on her face, it is required, and Cast Members are around to help Guests of all ages remember to wear a mask. My kids did struggle with face coverings at first. However, I did some things to help them learn that they must keep them on. First, I had them choose a couple of patterns that they liked. This made wearing a mask a bit more fun. I then modeled wearing a mask around the house throughout the day. I wore a mask throughout the day and had them wear a mask. Each time they took off the mask, I encouraged them to put the mask back on. I also had a mask for their favorite teddy bear. They were able to put the mask on the bear at the same time they put their own mask on. Once they got comfortable wearing the mask in the house, I took them out on quick excursions to stores and had them practice wearing a mask there. Even though it took a couple of weeks, they did get used to wearing a mask and now don’t seem to mind keeping it on for extended periods.

    I do hope that your little Princess gets comfortable with wearing a mask. Suppose you do need to cancel your Walt Disney World Resort vacation. In that case, there is a new “Book With Confidence” policy that states if your plans change, any Disney-imposed change and cancellation fees will be waived up to the date of check-in for reservations with arrivals through December 31, 2020.

    Best Wishes!
    ~Heather
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Meet the Panelist: Heather, New York

I am a mom, wife, oncology  nurse, daydreamer, and wannabe Disney Princess. I am always dreaming about and planning my next Walt Disney World vacation. I have experiencing navigating the parks with babies, toddlers, tweens, multigenerational groups, as well as with special needs and food allergies. I love helping others plan their vacations and I am here to help make all of your dreams come true! Learn More About Heather

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