Walt Disney World Under Fire for Denying Access to Rapper’s Autistic Cousin Without Face Mask

Since Walt Disney World reopened its theme parks last summer, there have been many incidents regarding guests not wearing the required face masks, including most recently a man being arrested for spitting on a Cast Member. Now rapper Joey Bada$$ (Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott) has posted a video on Instagram of Cast Members at the Transportation and Ticket Center who would not allow his family entry because his autistic cousin wasn’t wearing a mask.

“You guys just turned away an autistic child from Disney World,” Scott said to the Cast Members in the Instagram video. “Nothing to say? Maybe one day when you have kids you’ll understand.”

He named the Cast Members involved, along with their positions. He tagged several Disney accounts in his caption, where he also wrote, “Never coming back to Disney again. . . . The child thinks the mask is suffocating, the child also has no idea why it is even a requirement. Not to mention that, kids under 2, doesn’t have to wear a mask. These guys have completely ruined my family’s trip. We came out here 30+ for my daughters bday and they turned my lil cousin away, can’t even enjoy this experience anymore.”

Walt Disney World has updated and clarified its face-covering policy multiple times. As of now, guests aged 2 and up are required to wear an approved face mask at all times except when actively eating or drinking. There are no exceptions for guests with disabilities.

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Mary
Mary
1 month ago

That’s their policy though. We have a family member who is special needs, and cognitively does not understand why people are wearing face masks and will not wear one for sensory issues, she’s also nonverbal and due to medical issues is on a liquid diet and has respiratory issues. She thoroughly enjoys Disneyland, but our family is not going as a whole to Disney World or plane rides or Disneyland until face masks are no longer required, and the threat of COVID is over as well. In the past, Disney has been very accommodating with her needs, with a guest… Read more »

beautiful gorgeous
1 month ago

Welcome to the club Joey!!! The rest of America has been enduring this and questioning Disney’s and our country’s leadership. Outside there should not be a problem. Kids are not super spreaders. Autistic children have been turned away at WDW; you are not the first. Autistic children have been turned away from the Disney Store. Disney is a private company and no amount of celebrity will get you around their rules.

HeadsInTheSand
HeadsInTheSand
1 month ago

I don’t think “the rest of the country has been questioning Disney’s and our country’s leadership” regarding the use of masks to stop the spread of infection. There is a reason that before this pandemic, Doctors and Nurses wore masks…they work.

Common Sense
Common Sense
1 month ago
Reply to  HeadsInTheSand

No they don’t. It was massive social engineering and a feel good measure because they had no solutions.

Chase Shepherd
Chase Shepherd
1 month ago
Reply to  Common Sense

Yes they do, it covers up the sneezing and coughing to only the inside of the mask, it works idk why people have to hate it

Tammy zurlinden
27 days ago
Reply to  Chase Shepherd

If that is the case then under the age of 2yrs. Shouldn’t be allowed in park either!!!!

Tammy Zurlinden
Tammy Zurlinden
28 days ago

My autistic grandchild was also denied and destroyed our hole very exspencive family vacation! The airline let him fly a Florida aquarium let him in but because he was over 2yrs. He was denied and started crying he was 4yrs. But mentally only 2 or 3 yrs. Our hole family was crying in front of all the guest. I had wasted a wks. Vacation money on 7days hotels,airfare from California to Florida,rental car,food for the hole trip and one a one income budget! It took me a long time to pay for this trip in advance!!!😥😥😥😥 worst of all my… Read more »

Last edited 28 days ago by Tammy Zurlinden
Ted
Ted
1 month ago

What makes them special that Disney should bow to his demands?

James C.
James C.
1 month ago

Umm 🤔 not sure why this rapper is trying to create a cancel culture for the company. This virus doesn’t discriminate and won’t infect the child just because he/she is autistic. The sad truth is that there are just some things you can’t make exceptions for, and the risk of getting or spreading the Covid-19 virus is one of them. Disney is a want, not a need. Don’t assume just because you have a social media following that you are going to bully the Walt Disney Company into putting the childs’ or other guests health at risk. If it’s that… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by James C.
Anarchist
Anarchist
1 month ago
Reply to  James C.

You cant just cancel culture covid or bully it. It’s not going anywhere.

Jessica N Wright
Jessica N Wright
1 month ago
Reply to  James C.

You didn’t have to wear one during flu season, they weren’t worried about people sharing germs that season.

Masks work!
Masks work!
1 month ago

have you seen this year’s flu numbers? Due to mask wearing and social distancing the flu numbers are down exponentially across the board. Masks work! Social distancing works! The only reason Covid numbers are so high is due to how contagious it is! Without masks or social distancing we’d have millions dead in the US and not just half a million which would be less if people stopped fighting and listened to scientists!

Tom Mask-Less
Tom Mask-Less
1 month ago
Reply to  James C.

Exactly right! A lot of places have policies that say something along the lines of “if it isn’t safe for you to wear a mask, then it isn’t safe for you to be out in public.” We all are stuck wearing these things wether we like it or not, so looking for ways to get out of it is just endangering you and those around you which is not smart.

Amanda
Amanda
1 month ago
Reply to  James C.

Are you serious? So hundreds of people can take their masks off on airplanes and in the theme parks while they eat (oh I forgot magically while you eat you can’t get infected?) but our kids don’t deserve to be able to do those same things just because they can’t wear a mask (that does nothing), you people are insane. Exceptions NEED to be made and be made NOW!

Alan
Alan
1 month ago
Reply to  Amanda

No.

May
May
1 month ago

Why should there be an exception for the autistic child? Would the autistic child not need to be protected from covid? If any child refuse to wear mask autistic or not, then he should not be taken anywhere, for his own safety.

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago
Reply to  May

Disgusting rebuttals, a child can’t choose to have this disability!! As someone with an autistic child and seeing everything these kids go through day in and day out of course you wouldn’t understand! It’s sad it’s a place for children and yet every child can go besides the ones with disabilities!!! It’s shameful and disgusting at best!!!

Amanda
Amanda
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Yes!!!! Keep advocating Mama! ❤️

Muriel Kilmartin
Muriel Kilmartin
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I have a non verbal sensory seeking 12 year old son who is autistic. If he won’t leave his mask on we leave. These kids need the same rules and structure as every other child. My son is a level 3 and with patience and ABA he leaves his mask on for an hour at a time before he needs a short break. We won’t go to crowded places until Covid is under control as I love my son and want to keep him safe.
MK

Yawn
Yawn
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Get over yourself.

Mollie Fennell-Marshall
Mollie Fennell-Marshall
1 month ago
Reply to  May

Yes I agree. My grandson is special needs sensory. We will not take him. We canceled our trip last year.

Amanda
Amanda
1 month ago
Reply to  May

My child my decision

Mike
Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  Amanda

Their company, their private property, their rules. Your decision is to go or not go. Not to go and not follow their rules. The persons to blame in this story are the ones that lead the child or their parents to believe they could ignore the rules and still get in. Disney is serious.

Alexis
Alexis
1 month ago
Reply to  Amanda

Except on private property. Damn y’all seriously forget that Disney is a Privilege, not a right. If exceptions were made for one, it would have to be made for all and then you wouldn’t have Disney again because it would turn into a super spreader event. It is entirely your fault if you go to a place that has seriously advertised that they have strict rules and policies, and expect to be given an exception to those rules. It doesn’t work like that.

Yawn
Yawn
1 month ago
Reply to  Amanda

Cool. You can decide to stay home, then. You certainly won’t be missed.

Tammy zurlinden
27 days ago
Reply to  Yawn

Thats right!!!

Karen Porter
Karen Porter
1 month ago

It was only a matter of time before a situation like this reared its head… I totally understand where this guy was coming from, but you can’t be mad at the cast members who are only doing their jobs and doing what they’re told to do. They probably also agree that it’s unfair, but they don’t make the rules and, sadly, they’re being treated like crap by a lot of people for having to enforce them… It’s a rough situatuion…

Krystal
Krystal
1 month ago
Reply to  Karen Porter

He is actually the 2nd family to complain. He’s just getting more attention because he’s a “rapper”

Tammy zurlinden
27 days ago
Reply to  Krystal

Thats a good thing that a famous person is bringing it more attention!!!!

Susie
Susie
1 month ago
Reply to  Karen Porter

Agreed, and for this “famous” person to continue that poor treatment of employees isn’t right. Using his influence in the wrong way.

Joye Rudd
Joye Rudd
1 month ago
Reply to  Karen Porter

I agree.be informed of the rules before you go and if the entire party is not willing or unable to wear masks then postpone your trip until it’s not required. Poor cast members just Doing their jobs. It’s unfortunate but there is really no excuse for anyone not to be prepared when they arrive to follow the rules.

Tammy zurlinden
27 days ago
Reply to  Joye Rudd

You freaking kidding me!! Some kids are allowed in without a mask!!!! And the Disabled rights are being taking away by Disney. Private companies have to abide by the same laws as others…

Amanda
Amanda
1 month ago

It’s disgusting there are no exceptions for children with disabilities. Absolutely disgusting. My son also has autism and he can’t go on an airplane or to a theme park right now while hundreds of other families can fly on an airplane, go to theme parks and take their masks off while eating but gosh forbid he walk around without a mask. The world should be outraged by that, but until it’s their child no one cares.

Entitled
Entitled
1 month ago
Reply to  Amanda

I’m curious, where would you draw the line, and why do you feel it’s “Absolutely disgusting”? What, exactly, is disgusting? The fact that you won’t receive special treatment due to your sons condition? Sure, hundreds of other families are going on planes and to theme parks. Hundreds are also not going. Many people who suffer from anxiety and have trouble wearing the masks are not going, should they then be allowed to go maskless ?

Tammy zurlinden
27 days ago
Reply to  Entitled

YES!!!! Thats

cbpitt
cbpitt
1 month ago
Reply to  Amanda

“It’s disgusting there are no exceptions for children with disabilities. Absolutely disgusting.”
“The world should be outraged by that, but until it’s their child no one cares.”
YOU are the disgusting one. The “rights” of your child are not greater than those of anyone/everyone else. If it was my child, and said child refused to wear a mask, I’d have enough sense to keep my child at home, because I’d want my child to remain SAFE. Do you WANT an increased risk of COVID-19 for your child? Sounds like it; maybe you’re tired of being burdened with a special-needs child?

Chris
Chris
1 month ago
Reply to  Amanda

It’s very very true!

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago
Reply to  Amanda

100% agreed. These poor children go through enough every day but god forbid children with special needs cannot be accommodated as if they chose this?? It’s heartbreaking and disgusting at very best. For a place that works so closely with make a wish foundation and others similar they should be ashamed!!!!

Tammy zurlinden
27 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Yes i agree and the fact that some kids are allowed in without a mask because of there age but not the disabled makes me sick!!!!

Michael
Michael
1 month ago
Reply to  Amanda

It’s disgusting to think you believe just because you have a special needs child that they can’t get or spread the virus. Deal with it buttercup

Mary
Mary
1 month ago
Reply to  Amanda

Half a million Americans are dead from a virus but you are right life without Disney for one year is more important than another half million dying.

Tammy zurlinden
27 days ago
Reply to  Mary

Thats why everyone else is wearing the mask so they dont get sick!!!!! So you think some kids should be allowed in because of there age but not the disabled!!!!! You have got to insane!!!

Tammy zurlinden
27 days ago
Reply to  Mary

How many are children 2 that I’ve heard on TV.

mashy
mashy
1 month ago

wow, is this guy entitled much???

no mask. no entry.

Anarchist
Anarchist
1 month ago
Reply to  mashy

Or just dont open the park. No that’s excusable tho

Amanda
Amanda
1 month ago
Reply to  mashy

Yes parents/family of special needs kids advocating for our kids are entitled, clearly, what an idiotic thing to say

Jessie
Jessie
1 month ago

Good. You must wear a mask, no exceptions. This is not news, it’s been the case since reopening. If the kid can’t wear a mask, this is not the time to go to Disney. You don’t deserve special treatment. Let this idiot complain.

Anarchist
Anarchist
1 month ago
Reply to  Jessie

Disney should of stayed closed if they care about human life

Yawn
Yawn
1 month ago
Reply to  Anarchist

“I can’t go so nobody should be able to” is a non-argument.

Sara
Sara
1 month ago

They shouldn’t bend the rules for anyone. Doesn’t matter who they are. If one gets away with it, more will follow.

Anarchist
Anarchist
1 month ago
Reply to  Sara

Even if it’s a make a wish kid with 3 days to live and this is there final wish.

Amanda
Amanda
1 month ago
Reply to  Anarchist

Sadly, No one cares to understand until it’s their own kid

cbpitt
cbpitt
1 month ago
Reply to  Amanda

The sooner your child learns the world doesn’t revolve around him, the better off everyone will be.

Denise Jean McLeod
Denise Jean McLeod
1 month ago
Reply to  Amanda

Sorry lady i have a child and i do understand you dont.

Yawn
Yawn
1 month ago
Reply to  Amanda

Just imagine if you didn’t have a kid with autism – you’d actually have to develop a real personality instead of trotting your kid out for internet points.

Last edited 1 month ago by Yawn
May
May
1 month ago

And if Disney allows the kid in and he catches covid? They’d be the first to sue Disney for letting him in without mask.

Chris
Chris
1 month ago
Reply to  May

No try they will now be the 1st to sue Disney for failure to comply with medical exemptions-which Autism Spectrum Disorder is one as it’s a federal disability!!

Anarchist
Anarchist
1 month ago
Reply to  May

Packed lines with a mask on so safe

Denise Jean McLeod
Denise Jean McLeod
1 month ago
Reply to  May

Absolutely 💯

KRISTINA
1 month ago

Maybe if he actually spoke the English language properly, people might take him more seriously….that’s number 1)….number 2), He isn’t special because he is a “Rap” artist. He needs to follow the same guidelines as others. EVERY Autistic child needs to wear them, including my Grandson who has severe Autism. Pick another place to have a bday party, ….he knew the rules, he just thought he would get special treatment and he is all butt hurt bcuz he didn’t.

Anarchist
Anarchist
1 month ago
Reply to  KRISTINA

Special treatment would close the park to keep everyone safe.

Cds
Cds
1 month ago

The entire rule has been and still is stupid, and Disney is getting worse not better as covid itself begins to dissipate. People will remember.

Entitled
Entitled
1 month ago
Reply to  Cds

People will remember…that the Disney Corporation kept them safe by adhering to scientifically backed rules geared toward keeping millions alive? Yea, you’re right. They will remember that! 😉

JAnet
JAnet
1 month ago
Reply to  Cds

Check your facts. Several cities including Miami, FL are having spikes in Covid cases.

Athena Braun
Athena Braun
1 month ago
Reply to  Cds

Why I will not step foot in the place til the requirement goes away. I used to go yearly sometimes more . I dont agree with the nonsense and I do have a autistic son. I will go elsewhere to spend my money where they are not that stringent and I can enjoy myself. No loss to me. Other places are cheaper anyways.

Yawn
Yawn
1 month ago
Reply to  Athena Braun

Nobody cares. I promise Disney definitely doesn’t.

George Feeney
George Feeney
1 month ago

Rules are rules…

Anarchist
Anarchist
1 month ago
Reply to  George Feeney

Being dumb is being dumb

Just me
Just me
1 month ago
Reply to  Anarchist

Thanks for being the proof of that 😉

Doug
Doug
1 month ago

If there was a family member with that disability and issue, they should have contacted Disney before booking for clarification and any questions. You cant just show up at the gate and expect rules to not apply to you because you are “famous”.

Anarchist
Anarchist
1 month ago
Reply to  Doug

Welcome to America nice of you to join us

TJ-Online
TJ-Online
1 month ago

Thanks, Disney, for having rules and then enforcing them. I very much appreciate that. That way everyone can understand what to expect and what levels of risks will be at the parks.

Kate
Kate
1 month ago

Many people living on the autism spectrum have severe sensory issues as well. Wearing something not only over there face and ears, but possibly restricting access to their mouth can cause a meltdown. My son when he was younger, if a drop of water were to get on his clothing would strip down completely. Transition in seasons meant having to transition in wardrobe; it could take over a week to get him used to changing from long pants to shorts. When in their typical, comfortable environment, adjusting to changes (like needing to wear a mask) can be a challenge. But… Read more »

CommonSense
CommonSense
1 month ago

A child with a disability has to wear a seatbelt, which is more restrictive. Good luck trying an ADA excuse to get out of a seatbelt ticket and/or a child endangerment charge if a highway patrol catches the kid unseatbelted.

Covid does not care if a person is ADA. Covid is an equal opportunity infector.

Doctors have worn masks during surgeries since the 1920s. Doctors have never experienced difficulty breathing in them. If you cannot breath in a mask, get tested for Covid because difficulty breathing is a symptom.

Bryan
Bryan
1 month ago

Disney is private property and they have the same property rights as one does at their own house and land. They have the right to refuse entry and service for any or no reason as long as it is not based on membership of a legally protected group. The American With Disabilities Act only requires reasonable accommodations to be made based on a disability as long as it does not cause undue hardship. Allowing someone to walk around without a mask during the COVID 19 pandemic has scientifically been proven to cause an undue hardship because it puts the lives… Read more »

Brian
Brian
1 month ago
Reply to  Bryan

Hmmmm not sure herd immunity can be achieved with the vaccine they are very open about the fact that it does not stop asymptomatic spread……

Last edited 1 month ago by Brian
Krystal
Krystal
1 month ago

He is not the first person to be turned away for that. They put the policy in place when they first opened. They said there was no exceptions then and there are none now. It is all over their website. They are a private establishment and have the right to turn anyone away. This is just getting so much attention because he is famous and thinks he can use that weight to throw a tantrum and get his way.