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Want To Rebook Your Disney Vacation? What You Need To Know

April 5, 2020

For many, returning to the Disney Parks is what is keeping us going right now. But, since things seem to be changing daily, knowing when to rebook your Disney vacation is getting increasingly more difficult.

Luckily, more information about Park Reservations and what we can expect to see (and not see) in the Parks upon reopening is being released.

Knowing these details has been instrumental in helping you decide if it’s the right time for you to be returning to the Parks.

Want To Rebook Your Disney Vacation? What You Need To Know

Reopening Walt Disney World

There is also a lot more information we now know to help us understand what the Parks and the Resorts will look like upon reopening.

With Park Hoppers and Annual Passholders leaving a lot of unknowns, the best way that Disney can keep a limited number of Guests within one Park is to create a Disney Park Pass System.

As of June 19, 2020, information regarding these Park Reservations have finally been released!

Wish You Were Here - Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney Resorts are reopening in stages

As a part of Disney’s phased reopening, Resorts will be reopening in stages. If you have a reservation at a Resort that will not be open at the time of travel, you will need to make arrangements to switch to a different Resort.

Disney offers price protection. As availability at these other Resorts are selling out, there is a great chance of getting a more expensive room at another Resort for no more than what you’re paying now. If you switched Resorts online and saw a price jump, call Disney and explain your situation. Cast Members will work with you to adjust your price back to what it was.

These amazing Cast Members have been working very long days. So, help them out by having your confirmation number and your original price handy.

The following Resorts reopened June 22, 2020

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort 
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge 
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Beach Club Villas
  • BoardWalk Villas
  • Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
  • Old Key West Resort
  • Polynesian Villas & Bungalows 
  • Riviera Resort 
  • Saratoga Springs Resort
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

The following Resorts are reopening soon

  • July 10 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • July 29 – Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Aug. 24 – Disney’s Yacht
  • Sept. 21 – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Oct. 4 – Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Oct. 14 – Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Nov. 1 – Art of Animation Resort

Need to rebook your Disney vacation?

As of May 9, 2020, the Free Dining Promotion that was previously offered to impacted Guests has been discontinued. If you had a Free Dining Promotion attached to your Disney Package, it has been replaced with a 35% Room Discount.

2021 Packages for Guests staying on Disney Property were released on June 24, 2020.

If you’re planning to rebook your Disney vacation at a Good Neighbor Hotel, these packages went on sale June 28, 2020.

Vacation Packages for the remainder of 2020 are also now available. There have been a lot of changes. So, if you’re planning on visiting the Parks soon, we’re happy to help you.

499 Day Rule

You have always been able to book your trip up to 499 days before check-in.

However, Park Reservations are only set up through the end of September 2021. This means we don’t have any prices for the remainder of 2021.

Curious of when you’re able to book your next trip based on the 499 day rule? I use this calculator

Florida Residents

The Florida Resident Discover Ticket is no longer available for purchase. If you purchased one of these tickets prior to its discontinuation, the usage window has been extended through September 30, 2020.

The Florida Resident Disney Magic Flex Ticket is also available. Florida Residents can enjoy 2, 3 or 4 day tickets through December 18, 2020.

Large beach chair in Disney Springs

Disney Springs Open

A phased reopening of Disney Springs began May 20, 2020.

During Phase 1, Disney Springs has limitations on capacity, parking venues, and operating hours.

Several operational changes will also be enforced. This includes face masks, additional training, limited-contact Guest Services, and increased cleaning.

Details for the phased reopening can be found here.

Flo's 8 Cafe at Disney's California Adventure

Reopening Disneyland

Although Disneyland was planning to reopen the Parks on July 17, 2020, they will remain closed until further notice.

Once Disneyland gets their approval for the Theme Parks, they will also be implementing a reservation system for getting into the Parks, just like Walt Disney World’s.

If you have a reservation between now and Aug. 29, 2020, your trip will be cancelled. Since reopening depends on the approval of California, I do suggest waiting until the Parks reopen to rebook your Disney vacation.

Downtown Disney Open

Downtown Disney was approved for reopening, and has begun their phased reopening.

  • Parking is at the Simba Lot only. Signage clearly defines entrances to the Downtown Disney District
  • Temperature screenings prior to entry
  • Face coverings are required for Guests 2 years and older
  • Physically-distanced queues and seating, and physical barriers at select locations
  • Reduced hours at select locations. Entertainment offerings and high-touch interactive areas are suspended
  • Increased focus on cleaning and sanitation. Hand-washing stations and hand sanitizers have been added to key areas

Here are the details to help you get ready for the reopening of Disneyland.

Cruise Ships Docked

Disney Cruise Line Cancellations

Update August 6, 2020 – The Disney Cruise Line has voluntarily extended cancellations for all of their ships.

The Disney Fantasy is cancelled through at least October 31, 2020.

Disney Dream has cancelled all of their October sailings, as well as their November 1 and November 8, 2020 sailings.

The Disney Magic has cancelled all of their October sailings, as well as their November 1 and November 7, 2020 sailings.

Disney Wonder has also cancelled all of their October sailings, as well as their November 1 and their November 6, 2020 sailings.

Future Cruise Credit

Guests who have paid their reservation in full have the choice of a 125% future cruise credit to be used for a future sailing prior to May 31, 2022, or a full refund.

Guests that have not paid their reservations in full will automatically receive a refund of what they have paid so far.

Standard cancellation policies and terms and conditions do apply to future sailings.

Beautiful Southern Style architecture at Port Orleans - Riverside in Walt Disney World

Plan to Rebook your Disney Vacation for 2021?

I know many are questioning whether it’s the right time for them to go back. It’s a very personal decision, so only you can decide if it’s the right time for you to travel.

Obviously, we’re all looking forward to the day that the Parks go back to normal. But, the truth is that right now, we just don’t know when that will be.

Refundable Deposit

Over the past few months, many Guests’ vacations have been affected. And despite the current situation, many Guests are eager to get back to the Parks.

Even if you’re just starting to consider planning a 2021 Disney vacation, I do recommend at least putting down a (refundable) $200 deposit on a Walt Disney World room.

If you need to cancel your trip for any reason, you have until 30 days prior to check-in to cancel before you lose your deposit.

Disney Springs with the Aerophile in the backround

I understand that there are a lot of questions right now. So, if your question wasn’t answered above, you’re welcome to leave a comment below or send me a private message. I will get you a personalized answer as soon as possible.

Disney is always updating their information. To get the most up-to-date information, you may also visit the following links:

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  • Reply
    PegP
    June 24, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    As someone who had a vacation booked for Disney this year, I’d have to disagree about how accommodating they are.

    If they close (whether through their vault or not), they should refund money already paid w/o charging a cancellation fee. When you cancel someone’s order, you don’t charge them a cancellation fee!

    It’s not being that accommodating to not reopen a resort but allow the guest to change their reservation to an alternate resort if the alternate resort is more expensive & you’re not giving them a break on the increased price, which I’m hearing a lot of people complaining about.

    Their handling of the reopening is one of the worst I’ve seen so far. They’re reopening without bothering to get everything figured out before they do, which is leaving guests confused and frustrated. Cast members can’t even answer a lot of the questions posed to them about new policies that will be in place in two weeks.

    And the worst thing they’re doing is reopening with many of the things that make Disney Disney not happening (fireworks, character interactions, parades, signature dining, special events, etc) yet they’re still expecting guests to pay the same high-cost amount as if they were getting all of those things. When you’re paying thousands of dollars for a vacation, you want to get what you’ve paid for. They aren’t delivering on that.

    We usually go to Walt Disney World every year, but we’ve already canceled our reservations for this year & are looking at other destinations for next year.

    • Reply
      Catherine
      June 25, 2020 at 11:35 am

      I’m so sorry your experience has been different from what I’ve experienced. I agree it’s been a mess as far as communication goes. But, as far as changing vacations and getting refunds for my clients, Disney has been the easiest to work with. Disney has issued refunds within a few days. I’m still waiting for refunds from other companies more than a month after cancelling.

      You shouldn’t have been receiving any cancellation fees since they’ve waived them all. Everyone who has wanted to change or cancel their vacation has been able to do so without losing any money.

      For closed Resorts, Disney is also offering price protection. I’ve gotten upgraded rooms at other Resorts for my clients without adding to their package price. If you’re working with a travel agent, they should have gotten this applied for you. If you’re planning on your own, this also applies. If you switched online and it raised your price, call Disney and they can bring the price back down. It’s a complete pain in the neck to be on hold. But, when you’re staying at an upgraded moderate resort for the cost of a value room, it’s 100% worth it.

      If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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