Updating Your Walt Disney World Travel Plans? Read This First!

Walt Disney World closures continue to change to suit the recommendations of government and health officials. With an eye towards the safety of both guests and employees Disney theme parks, Disney Resort hotels, and Disney Springs remain closed until further notice. If you need to update your Walt Disney World Travel Plans. Read This First!

Updating Your Walt Disney World Travel Plans? Read This First!Updating Your Walt Disney World Travel Plans? Read This First!

Updating Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Packages

The most recent update to the waltdisneyworld.com website states the following information regarding rebooking your Walt Disney World vacation. There will be no change or cancellation fees for any resort or package stay between now and June 30, 2020.

Walt Disney World theme parks, Disney Resort hotels and the Disney Springs area are currently closed and a reopening date has not been identified. For Guests who are interested in modifying their existing travel dates or making a new reservation for a future vacation, reservations are currently available for travel dates June 1 and later. As always, Guests are able to modify these bookings if Walt Disney World Resort opens before or after that time.

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Wait! What's this I heard about free dining?

Our friends over at the Disney Food Blog have all the details you need check out their recent post PRIVATE DISNEY WORLD FREE DINING OFFER For Guests With Reservations Affected By The Closure. This special deal is only available to guests whose reservations were directly affected by the COVID-19 closures and only valid on new reservations booked before the end of May. Eligible guests can book an arrival date for most dates from June 1st through September 30th, 2020... as long as you book through May 31st, 2020. Contact your Travel Agent to see about rebooking your Walt Disney World vacation as soon as possible.

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What Does This Mean For My DVC Reservations?

Disney Vacation Club members have quite a few hoops to jump through when it comes to how they get to use their vacation points. DVC has heard the frustration from members that have had to cancel their current reservations. New limited time policies have been put into place that ease the timing burdens that are usually in place. Check out DVCMember.com or contact Member Services if you need more details on how these changes effect your reservations.

Until the decision is made as to when the resorts will reopen, all reservations scheduled for arrival during the closure time will be automatically cancelled by Disney Vacation Club on a week-by-week basis. Members do not need to cancel the reservation online or contact Member Services. In light of the unusual circumstances and to provide more flexibility, Disney Vacation Club established a temporary cancellation policy to supplement our existing cancellation rules.

  • Vacation Points returned due to a cancellation of a resort reservation will not be placed in a holding account and will be returned to the current Use Year. This applies to all reservations checking in within the next 30 days.
  • When a reservation involving Borrowed Points is cancelled, the Borrowed Points will be returned to the Use Year they were borrowed from. This applies to all reservations regardless of arrival date. Please allow up to 15 business days for this process to be completed.

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Can I still Use My Theme Park Tickets?

Once upon a time Disney Park Tickets never expired, but that isn't the case any more. If you have Disney Parks tickets that are set to expire there are two new systems set in place to help you on your future Disney vacation.

Unexpired multi-day theme park tickets with unused days, or date-specific theme park tickets with a valid use period beginning March 12, 2020 through the closure will automatically be extended to use any date through December 15, 2020. If you are unable to visit by December 15, 2020, you may apply the value of a wholly unused ticket toward the purchase of a ticket for a future date.

  • Florida Resident Discover Disney Tickets may be used through July 31, 2020.
  • Guests who have purchased tickets for Disney After Hours, Disney Villains After Hours, and Disney Early Morning Magic from March 16th, 2020 through the end of the actual closure period will be automatically refunded.
  • All active Walt Disney World Annual Passes will be extended for the number of days the parks are closed. Annual Passholders whose renewal window ends during the closure will have an extended time to renew.

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If I didn't answer your question above, or you want to stay updated on the most current information regarding Walt Disney World closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic be sure to bookmark the following links.

Stay safe, stay strong, stay home and hopefully we'll see you real soon.

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