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Will Your Kid Have To Wear A Mask At Disney? 9 Tips To Make Face Masks Work For Kids

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UPDATED Sept 1, 2021: Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) in all indoor locations, regardless of vaccination status. This includes upon entering and throughout all indoor attractions and indoor queues and in Disney buses, monorail and Disney Skyliner, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings are optional for Guests in outdoor areas. So will kids still have to wear a mask at Disney? Parents: here’s the 411 on kids wearing masks at Disney this summer, along with some mask-wearing tips for kids! Commissioned affiliate links are included in this post. 

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Walt Disney World Continues Reopening 

Exciting news for the Disney fans and Orlando residents: Walt Disney World is back!

And every day, more is opening at the Walt Disney World Resort. Which is a very good thing- and means exciting times are ahead for families.

Let’s face it: you can only enjoy a virtual vacation to the Magic Kingdom so many times! 

But some of the restrictions and changes needed for safety are going to impact your usual Disney Vacation.

And there are a lot of questions about going to Disney this summer that the announcement answered for us, including the big one: will my kid have to wear a mask at Walt Disney World?

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Kids Wearing Masks At Disney: the 411

Walt Disney World recently updated the mask requirement for Guests and Cast Members. 

Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) in all indoor locations, regardless of vaccination status. This includes upon entering and throughout all indoor attractions and indoor queues and in Disney buses, monorail and Disney Skyliner, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings are optional for Guests in outdoor areas.

So will your kids need to wear a face-covering to Disney?

The answer is yes- if they are between the ages of 2 and 11 since these children cannot be vaccinated at this time.

If kids are 12 or older and have been fully vaccinated, they still will need to wear a face covering inside Disney World at all times.

A simple reminder: if you bought a ticket for your child to enter Walt Disney World, then they will be required to wear a mask while indoors at the Walt Disney World theme parks and indoors at the common areas of hotels.

New Health and Safety Reminders at Disney Springs
Signage at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., reminds guests of new health and safety protocols in place when the shopping, dining and entertainment district reopens May 20, 2020. While visiting Disney Springs, guests must maintain physical distancing and those 3 years of age and older must wear a face covering at all times, among other new guidelines. (Olga Thompson, photographer)

Disney World Face Covering 411

From the Walt Disney World website:

Face Coverings

Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) in all indoor locations, regardless of vaccination status. This includes upon entering and throughout all indoor attractions and indoor queues and in Disney buses, monorail and Disney Skyliner, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings are optional for Guests in outdoor areas.

All face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) should:

  • Be made with at least 2 layers of breathable material
  • Fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin
  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops and allow the Guest to remain hands-free

At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, neck gaiters, open-chin, triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings.

Costume masks are not considered appropriate and are prohibited from being worn, in alignment with our existing rules.

Face coverings may have an integrated transparent plastic panel to aid in viewing the wearer’s mouth. These face coverings should:

  • Be a fabric face-covering featuring a solid plastic panel containing no openings that is attached to the fabric on all sides using tight knit stitching
  • Meet all face-covering requirements listed above

When Are Face Coverings Not Required At Disney?

Face coverings can be removed by all fully vaccinated guests and guests outdoors. This includes when drinking and eating while at the Disney Parks, Resort Hotels, or Disney Springs. 

Masks will not be required while swimming. Because: duh.

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9 Tips For Kids Wearing Face Masks At Disney

Let’s face it: this is a confusing time for kids. 

And asking them to wear a face mask or face covering that’s hot and uncomfortable is a tough sell. It’s scary, it might make them think of doctors or sick people, and that’s something they just may not be comfortable with at a young age. 

However, this is one thing they will need to work on before their Disney vacation if you plan to go this summer. 

Epcot sunset at walt disney world

These tips are general guidelines and tricks that might help ease the anxiety before heading to the Most Magical Place on Earth. 

Please note: if your child is not able to wear a mask for medical reasons, this is not medical advice or speaking to those special circumstances. I am not medically trained and cannot say if it is appropriate for your family. Your doctor can best advise you on the best way to work with face-covering requirements. 

  • Find a mask that fits your child well. If it’s too large, it’s going to slip and gap and that pretty much defeats the purpose! Try face masks that tie around the back of the head rather than ear loops to start. Gaiter style face coverings like these are also easier for kids to manage. 
  • Get ear savers if you use elastic ear loops. Ear savers are awesome and really help make a mask more comfortable. If you don’t have one at home, try a game piece from Barrel of Monkeys. They are the perfect shape and you probably have them on hand!
  • Practice, Practice, Practice! Go ahead and get your kids a mask in advance. Wear them around the house to practice. Since kids might need to wear masks in school in the fall, there’s no time like the present to get them accustomed to the idea of wearing a face-covering indoors.
  • Practice more: but do it outside. Even more important for a Disney vacation: practice wearing the face coverings outside. Wear them to the park or on a daily walk. Get your child used to moving and breathing through the covering as you prepare for your Walt Disney World trip. ps- this is a perfect tip for you too!
  • Explain in kid-friendly terms why it can help others. If the focus is on them helping keep grandparents or older adults safer, it makes things less scary. 
  • Sew your kid their own special mask. You will never go wrong if you let them have a say in what their mask looks like! 
  • Bring a lot of masks. A lot. You are likely going to go through many more than you expect since Walt Disney World is hot as hades during the summer months. Sweaty, gross masks are no fun for anyone, and kids won’t want to put them back on after a break. Pack extras in your bag to make sure they get a clean one when needed. 
  • Buy paper masks. Word on the street is that the paper masks are the way to go if you or your child are sensitive to heat. Stock up on these to switch out if your cotton Disney face masks get a little too hot. 
  • Marvel superheroes wear masks: Be a Superhero! Look, I’m not above dropping the Marvel card when needed. Kids love superheroes and folks like Captain America, Black Panther, Spider-Man, Iron-Man are all masked up! I mean, you could even get them a cape to wear to complete the look. 
Marvel face masks for kids Disney world

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devin

Wednesday 10th of June 2020

What a dumb decison by disney make children wear masks outside in the FL heat.

Janice Brady

Thursday 28th of May 2020

Great tips! You already know that I experienced wearing a cloth mask at Disney Springs last week and found it to be uncomfortably hot so switched to a paper mask and was much more comfortable. My grandson is 3 and wears a mask with no issue or argument. He has been wearing one regularly at home when going to stores. The problem I found was a 3 year old slobbers all over the inside of the cloth mask so you have to have several. When the slobber dries the cloth mask gets a hard spot so the mask has to be washed constantly. You need to have a good supply of masks for the little ones. I'm still trying to figure out how to adapt a paper mask for him that fits right but we will then have the problem of him slobbering all over the paper mask so I don't know how well they will hold up.

Patty Holliday

Thursday 28th of May 2020

I hadn't thought about that aspect! Thanks for sharing- and yes, I think we need to take a lot more than you might think if you have a long trip planned!