As much as I was hoping to avoid it, it looks like our trip this fall will be during or just after our son’s 2nd birthday. So he will be required to wear a mask. I feel like I need to solve my ‘worst case scenario’ type problem in order to move on with planning the trip.
He is a big kid, so I expect CM to assume that he is 2. And if he has turned 2, I will not lie to them. DS4 has been fine with wearing a mask although he doesn’t super love it, but he’s had so much time to get used to it and DS1 has been happily oblivious of the whole thing.
My current brain obsession: What if he refuses to wear the mask? Will CM be gracious enough to get him calmed down? Can we pull the mask back up and move quickly past the CM towards the relaxation station?
Worst case scenario: We get the mask on for the CM, then move quickly to a stationary distanced place for some water and calm down time. Then we try promising him a treat to get through a ride? We will have grandparents with us as well, so the absolute worst that can happen is that we trade off hanging out at Tomorrowland Terrace people watching with him while the rest enjoy rides.
What I can do now to avoid this:
- Start practicing with the mask soon. He’s not quite 18 months yet. I was encouraged to see some mentions here of 1 or 2 year old children doing ok with masks. I’d love to hear your success stories!
- Plan most of our park days before his birthday.
Side note: I can’t help but think that Disney will be able to downgrade the mask mandate by November since we will have had so many months of open vaccination. I don’t necessarily want to bet on this completely though.
What would you recommend? I really really want to go on this trip, but I also don’t want to set myself up for disaster. We don’t go often enough to not go full speed all morning and getting on rides early for short lines will also be key for squirmy children who also can’t eat in line anymore.