• On Mar 17, 2021
    Caitlin from KY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I am trying to plan a Disney world vacation for 5/15/21 thru 5/19/21 for my 31 year old daughter & myself. She has special needs. I can’t get her to consistently wear a mask. Will she be exempt from wearing a mask?

    Hello Caitlin,

    I am so glad you stopped by planDisney with your question. This past year has certainly been a challenge. As things continue to improve, many of us are excited to begin traveling again and get back to our happy places. I know there are many aspects of the pandemic that have been difficult for my family, and I can only imagine how much more challenging things must be for someone with special needs.

    All Guests ages 2 and older are required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth while at the Walt Disney World Resort. Face coverings are part of the many safety measures Disney is implementing both in the theme parks and at the resorts. I know this was not the answer you were hoping for, but there are no exceptions to the policy, even for Guests with special needs. While we don’t know how long the requirement will be in place, it is anticipated that masks will be required for most or all of 2021. For the safety of the Cast Members and other Guests, the mask rules are taken very seriously. Cast Members will remind Guests to keep masks on, and Guests who are not able to comply are asked to leave. I would also recommend you review the guidelines on what types of face coverings are allowable, as not all styles are permitted.

    Only you know your daughter well, and what she will be able to handle. If wearing a mask is something that will be challenging for her, and the trip will be more of a stress for the both of you, rather than the joy it should be, you should consider that a visit next year might be a better choice.

    Do know that there are designated “Relaxation Stations” available in each theme park with air conditioning and seating. While seated in these areas, Guests are welcome to remove their masks. Guests who are stationary and socially distanced from other Guests may also remove their masks if they are actively eating or drinking. This means if you were away from other Guests and pulled off to the side, she would be able to remove her mask to enjoy some water or an ice cream bar. Masks are also required while seated inside restaurants until the food has arrived. This is a recent change, and I want to be sure you are aware of all the situations you and your daughter might encounter if you do decide to visit, so you can make an informed choice.

    I’m sure this is a very difficult decision for you, Caitlin. Please know we are here to answer any additional questions you might have, we are happy to help. I hope you and your daughter are able to have a truly magical trip when the time 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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