Walt Disney World Updates Age Policy for Face Mask Requirements Ahead of Reopenings

Since Walt Disney World Resort has submitted a plan to let Guests start returning to the parks by July 11th, today, a new landing page appeared on their main website as a “know before you go” resource. This page goes over reservation systems, the safety measures that will take place in the park, and any other tips for returning to the Most Magical Place on Earth.

However, it seems Disney has made a small, yet significant adjustment to this page since it launched. Previously, it was required that anyone ages 3 and up had to wear face coverings.

Later this evening as we were rereading the page, we noticed that Disney has updated its policy, asking that any Guest ages 2 and up must now wear face coverings.

How do you feel about this updated policy? Leave us a comment below!

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Meg
Meg
1 month ago

I’m curious if this is to deter people with small children. I’m trying to encourage my 3 almost 4 year old to wear one, and it’s a struggle. Not that she fights me on it, but trying to navigate how to keep it on when she is talking and her lack of real understanding makes it difficult. When she was 2 though, awe heck no. It’s not even worth it at that point. 2 year olds can be vicious.

John
John
1 month ago

It makes sense to require that everyone who can come down with the virus wear a mask to reduce the chance of them infecting others. The CDC says that very young children can be infected and may show mild or no symptoms.

kevin
kevin
1 month ago
Reply to  John

And the CDC has been right so many times…..

Rachel
1 month ago

Good luck keeping a mask on a two year old. I can’t even keep my kids socks on.

Robert
Robert
1 month ago

Not sure I could get my 5 year old to wear one. Not sure how anyone is getting a 2 year old to wear one.

Kay
Kay
1 month ago

No way my 1 year old will wear a mask during our trip that is currently scheduled for a month after her 2nd birthday. It is hard enough to get her to wear shoes or socks in the stroller. However, my whole family is trying to avoid Disney until the mask rule is repealed (and by whole family, I mean 2 households).

Doug
Doug
1 month ago

I brought my 4 year old to the grocery store for the first time in a while yesterday and he could barely keep it on and complained the entire 15 minutes we were inside. There’s no way to expect that of young children all day in the florida heat. Literally every announcement disney makes is making this while thing worse. First we were canceled for our May trip…understandable. We re-scheduled for end of September to take advantage of the free dining offer. Now the have stripped that and half of the rest of the experience. This might be fine for… Read more »

Katherine Davoust
Katherine Davoust
1 month ago

The mask wearing shouldn’t be required but optional as Disney parks

Evelyn Marks
Evelyn Marks
1 month ago

Sorry but I disagree. The point of wearing a mask is to protect others. It’s not right that someone infected with no symptoms can roam around Disney and potentially infect thousands.

kevin
kevin
1 month ago
Reply to  Evelyn Marks

but the WHO even said it is ineffective so your point is invalid.

Aha
Aha
24 days ago
Reply to  Evelyn Marks

Then dont go if you are worried

Sheri
Sheri
18 days ago
Reply to  Evelyn Marks

Everyone should not have to be punished or forced to wear a mask if others are in fear. If you are afraid of going out without a mask, then really, stay home. Don’t force your fears on others.

Steve
Steve
1 month ago

it can’t be optional. Nothing can be optional with humans, especially Americans, if you want it done. People always choose the easy way out, or path of least resistance. Unless you force people to do the hard things, the hard things don’t get done. Hardly anyone would “work” if not forced to earn income for living. People would just steal from the next rather than earning it if it weren’t for penalties and punishments. It is an inconvenience to wear masks; I live in one everyday, and an N95 no less as I am a health provider, and it is… Read more »

Kat
Kat
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve

Yet the WHO now tells us healthy people don’t need to wear masks unless we are caring for a sick person. But of course you as a healthcare worker are more knowledgable then all the scientists, virologists and epidemiologists and other healthcare workers who disagree with you. Thank goodness we don’t live in the communist world you seem to wish to prescribe to.
 
 

Sheri
Sheri
18 days ago
Reply to  Kat

Well said!!

Irene
Irene
1 month ago

You are most likely one of the ones who feel they can do whatever they what because the money they are paying and the heck with everyone else! I raised 3 children and have been around my grandchildren and when asked to do something they do it are they can’t participate! Stop being a friend and be a responsible adult and role model for your family!

Kat
Kat
1 month ago
Reply to  Irene

Responsible adults realize in this case that nobody really has a clue and the people deciding for us are not considering the health ramifications of young children not being exposed to every day bacterias and viruses and the impact on the immune system. As soon as an ineffective vaccine is created, this hoopla will go away, and sadly yes, people will still die of Covid-19, just like they do the flu, but suddenly nobody will care about it anymore.

Chantelle
Chantelle
1 month ago

I don’t know how I will get my 2 year old to wear a mask. It’s actually funny. So I guess I’ll start working on her wearing one now 😂

Christina Campbell
Christina Campbell
1 month ago
Reply to  Chantelle

2 and under aren’t required to wear one 😊

Firebolt Sword
Firebolt Sword
29 days ago

The rules say “under 2” are not required. Which means 2 year olds and up have to wear it.

Kim
Kim
1 month ago

This sucks so much. I’ve been on board with every other update they’ve made, despite it all being upsetting. This is so frustrating though because our March trip with our two year old was cancelled and we had to move it to July before he turns 3 and costs a million dollars to bring. I was ok with bringing a 2 year old in the heat of summer since the policy was kids 3 and up wear masks. This really sucks and might be a dealbreaker sadly.

Kat
Kat
1 month ago
Reply to  Kim

Just wait until sadly a young child suffocates while sleeping in their stroller from having a mask on. This is a dangerous practice for a society that is not used to masking their children in 100 degree heat.

John K.
John K.
1 month ago
Reply to  Kat

They might as well just keep it closed if it is not safe without masks.

kevin
kevin
1 month ago
Reply to  Kat

they should get sued for this stupid policy. Someone will make out well.

Rebekah
Rebekah
1 month ago

Well this will be a nightmare. Two year olds won’t handle that well. 4 and 5 year olds struggle. Add in high heat and humidity. Weeeeeeeee

Baba
Baba
1 month ago

Wearing masks is so stupid to do

Eric Jefferies
Eric Jefferies
1 month ago

Face coverings should be optional, or it should be mandatory face shields, as they are actually effective. Not the petri dish cloth masks. Not sure why it took idiots until 2020 to figure out how or why you need to wash your hands…… but be clean, or stay home. YOU being responsible for YOUR hygiene means I can safely enjoy myself, and stay disease free, as I always am!

VIOLA BURNS
VIOLA BURNS
1 month ago

I posted the question on our local facebook page (North Port Neighbors) regarding whether people would go to Disney if they had to wear a mask all day….it was a resounding “No”. Way too hot to wear one all day in the heat and humidity of Florida…one person said “not even if everything was free and I was the only one there” that should tell ya something right there…

Last edited 1 month ago by VIOLA BURNS
Kat
Kat
1 month ago
Reply to  VIOLA BURNS

Locals who aren’t incurring travel expense I can see, but anybody planning a large family vacation in the middle of July, especially with young children is absolutely crazy to spend their hard earned dollars to go with all these restrictions in place, but most especially the mask. We live in a hot state and go every summer for our vacation, but there is no way I would bring a young child and force a mask on them all day when nobody knows what the ramification of that action may be for said child, including possible suffocation in a stroller from… Read more »

John K.
John K.
1 month ago
Reply to  VIOLA BURNS

Hear, hear. They should just keep it closed if it is not safe without masks.

Jack Chester
Jack Chester
1 month ago

So glad we cancelled our August trip and got a full refund.

WEBIII
WEBIII
1 month ago

How do I feel? I don’t. We are not planning on going back until things return to normal. Half the experience, twice the headache for the same price does not make sense to me. If things don’t ever return to normal, we probably won’t return. Pretty simple.

Ron
Ron
1 month ago

A 2yr old in a face mask, are these people making policy ever raised kid, hell some time its hard to get them to keep Pants, Shirt, Socks, ect. on, But a face mask.

Christine
Christine
1 month ago

Good luck keeping a mask on a child during the heat here🤦🏻‍♀️ Bad enough adults are forced to do it. It is not healthy.

Sarah Johnson
Sarah Johnson
1 month ago

Wondering how k the world it will be possible to keep a mask on my 2 year old.

Brian
Brian
1 month ago

I’m not thrilled about the rule in the first place – we’ve got a 3 year old who has a hard time wearing a mask, and I’m hoping we can get her used to it before our trip in September. She hasn’t had much practice because we’ve tried to not take her out in public too much. Regardless of that, I think the change is good and it seems like Disney is putting a lot of thought and effort into how to open safely.

Ryan
Ryan
1 month ago

As a parent of 4, there is no way to keep a mask on a 2 or 3 year old, esp during an Orlando summer. I’m 39 and I have trouble following the face mask protocol.

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