• On Jan 15, 2022
    Rachael from Scotland Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My 5 year old child has autism and is unable to wear a mask. Are there any mask exemptions for him or does everyone have to wear a mask?

    Hey there, hi there, Rachael! We're so pleased you've stopped by.

    The key to planning any trip to Walt Disney World is to be prepared. When it comes to children, it is even more important to work with them in advance to try and help them be ready for changes they may experience on vacation. Mask requirements at the theme parks can change without much notice, so I want to encourage you to check out the things you should Know Before You Go so that you stay up to date. At this time, there are no exemptions to any of the mask rules, although the rules regarding mask-wearing are primarily directed towards indoor use. 

    I also want to introduce you to our practically perfect panelist, Jackie P, by linking you to this answer to a question similar to yours. Jackie is the most wondEARful mom to an incredibly cool kid with the biggest smile! She'll walk you through some of the things that worked for her with her autistic son, and hopefully, that will put a few tools in your toolbox when it comes to working with your own awesome son.

    Thank you for your question, Rachael. I hope you enjoy planning a most magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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