by Beth Keating
July 27, 2020
As COVID-19 rates continue to fluctuate across the country, so do guests’ travel plans, and Disney is doing their best to keep up with a very fluid situation. To compensate for changes to guests’ arrivals (or non-arrivals), Disney World has released a revised set of opening dates for several of their Resort properties.
A select number of the Disney Vacation Club properties began operating in June ahead of the park reopenings, and the revised Resort changes do not affect the Disney Vacation Club portions of these Resorts.
The following Resorts are impacted by the date changes:
- Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort (Scheduled to open Aug. 12, but will now reopen October 4)
- Disney’s Art of Animation Resort (Scheduled to open Aug. 12, but will now reopen November 1)
- Disney’s Beach Club Resort (scheduled to open Oct. 1, but opening date has been removed)
- Disney’s BoardWalk Resort (scheduled to open Oct. 1, but opening date has been removed)
According to Disney, “While reopening dates were previously shared for Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, these Disney Resort hotels will remain closed until further notice, as the reopening timeline continues to be reevaluated.”
No changes have been made to the previously announced reopening dates at these Resorts:
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort (July 29)
- Disney’s Yacht Club Resort (August 24)
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (September 21)
- Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort (October 14)
There is no word yet on the reopening dates for Disney’s All-Stars Resorts, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and Riverside, or Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
Disney’s website offers, “Future reopening dates are subject to change and Guests’ reservations could still be modified to other Disney Resort hotels if needed. Given the current situation, there are some Disney Resort hotels and other areas that are not, as of this time, being scheduled for reopening yet. We will continue to evaluate the situation and reopen more locations when the environment is right to do so. While these plans may evolve, we will be monitoring the constantly changing health environment and its impact on the state of Florida as we find the right time to welcome back even more of our Guests.”
If you are one of the guests whose trip has been affected by these reservation changes, expect a contact from Disney. Options are available to either modify your reservation to another Disney Resort hotel at no additional cost or cancel your reservation without any Disney-imposed fees.
Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.