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Dealing With Disappointment When Your Travel Plans Unexpectedly Change

March 15, 2020

The virus is quickly becoming a daily topic of discussion. You can’t turn on the tv or go online without hearing new reports. All of this craziness is creating anxiety and disappointment in many ways.

And as a result, the remainder of the Disney Parks, as well as the Disney Cruise Line have joined the number of locations temporarily closing.

With so much uncertainty, it’s easy to get scared and depressed about the world around you.

Some will tell you that your Disney Vacation is just that…a vacation. But, it doesn’t make your disappointment any less valid.

Time and money has been spent. And for many, a Disney vacation is something that has been planned for a long time.

So, while you can’t change your circumstances, you can change the way you think about it.

Dealing With Disappointment

Dealing with disappointment when your travel plans unexpectedly change

Take A Deep Breath

My favorite little 2 year old likes to remind herself to “take a deep breath,” whenever she feels herself getting overwhelmed.

And I think it’s great advice, no matter how old you are.

I am not a medical professional, but I’m sure we’ve all heard about how stress can affect us physically.

I do think it’s smart to take as many precautions as you feel you need to. But, I also think it’s smart to take a deep breath and forget about the outside world for awhile.

Take a bath. Watch a movie. Catch up on sleep. Do something for yourself that makes you happy.

Remember, mental health is just as important as physical health.

Stay Away From Social Media

Social Media can be a great way to connect you to the rest of the world. But, it’s riddled with misinformation and fear.

I’m not suggesting that the situation we’re finding ourselves in isn’t serious. But, there are much better places to get your information than social media.

So, if you have to, limit yourself to visiting reputable sites, like the Centers for Disease Control, rather than looking to Social Media for information.

Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World

Don’t Cancel Unless You Absolutely Have To

The decision to cancel your vacation is a difficult one. After all, after a stressful situation, the first thing I usually hear people say is, “I need a vacation.”

If your dates aren’t affected by the closures, you have time to make your decision. There’s no reason to deal with disappointment if you don’t have to right now.

If you’re having a hard time making a decision, it helps to know what your options are.

Cancellation of Packages made directly with Disney (or your Travel Agent)

If worrying about losing your money is keeping you up at night, Disney is among the best when it comes to refunds. This is especially true during a time of crisis.

At this time, Disney is working with everyone to change dates or cancel your vacation. All cancellations fees have also been waived up until June 30, 2020.

Luckily, many of these reservations can be rebooked or cancelled online, so you don’t get stuck waiting for hours on the phone.

If the phone lines are busy and you’re unable to cancel online, you may not have to do anything. If you don’t check-in to your Resort on check-in day, Disney is automatically cancelling and processing refunds to your original form of payment. Refunds will be processed within 7 days of your original check-in date.

Third Party Components

If you have third party components in your Package, cancelling online is not an option for you. You must reach out to that specific business for refunds on tickets, etc…

As an affiliate of Undercover Tourist, I am assured that everyone will get helped as quickly as possible. But, please give them time, as they are getting many requests right now.

Ticket-only Purchases

For ticket-only purchases, unused multi-day Theme Park Tickets that were planned on being used before March 31, 2020 are automatically getting extended to December 15, 2020.

For Guests unable to travel by then, they may apply the value to a future date.

Standing in front of Spaceship Earth

Look Forward To The Future

No one what the future holds. But, once you feel safe enough to travel, there’s no doubt in my mind that you will have a magic vacation.

So, it does’t hurt to start planning now. After all, the one thing that makes me feel better during those “post Disney depression” is thinking about all the fun things I want to do during my next vacation.

If you have any questions about the closures or how to reach out to Disney about rescheduling, feel free to reach out.

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