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The Walt Disney Company released details today regarding the phased reopening of Walt Disney World theme parks and now we are learning more about what that means for resorts.
Disney proposed a reopening date of phased reopening of Theme Parks beginning with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11.
Epcot and Hollywood studios will open on Wednesday, July 15. The Orlando Economic Recovery Task Force approved the plans that Disney unveiled.
Disney Parks Blog released a post outlining park tickets, ticket sales, reservations and more and we learned a few additional tid bits regarding booking reservations and Disney Vacation Club (DVC).
Disney parks will be operating at a limited capacity and because of that Disney has announced that not only will a new theme park reservation system be implemented (we are waiting to hear additional details about this) but Disney is putting a temporary hold on new ticket sales and also on new Disney Resort reservations.
However, Disney Vacation Club members will still be able to make new reservations. So, no new reservations except for Disney Vacation Club.
In terms of making theme parks reservations, current ticket holders and Annual Passholders will be given priorty to do so before any addition tickets are sold. Personal note: we think this is a great and unique way to control the crowds and also have a good balance of Annual Passholders, locals and tourists in the parks.
The post also highlighted that some Disney Vacation Club resorts will reopen prior the Disney parks reopening. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground will begin operations on June 22.
Other Disney Vacation Club resorts, Vero Beach, Florida, and Hilton Head and South Carolina, will open to members and guests beginning on June 15. This phased reopening of Disney Vacation Club resorts will also include ramped up cleaning and sanitation procedures, social distancing requirements and more. Resorts, along with the theme parks will implement and follow enhanced safety measures. Cast members and guests over the age of 3, will be required to wear appropriate face coverings in resort common areas. Cashless transactions will be encouraged and increased cleaning and sanititaion will take place.
In an email to Disney Vacation Club members only hours after the company proposed their reopening plans to the Orlando Economic Recovery Task Force, Disney began to outline what DVC will look like for the next few months.
The email is from Terri Schultz, Senior Vice President of Disney Vacation Club, Guided Adventures and Expeditions and Golden Oak.
The email outlined some of the adjustments that will be made at the resorts.
- Enhanced cleaning of all rooms prior to arrival, including additional measures for dishware and appliances for Disney Vacation Club units, along with the standard Disney Vacation Club housekeeping services during your stay
- Increased cleaning and sanitization in high-traffic areas
- New hand-sanitizing stations in key areas
- Physical distancing at restaurants, lobbies, pools, fitness centers and other public areas, including reducing capacity where appropriate
Members and guests are encouraged to check in remotely through the My Disney Experience app and to limit high touch interactions.
As we mentioned above, Disney is temporarily suspending new resort reservations, except for Disney Vacation Club members. However, as a temporary measure to help ensure members are able to book reservations, Disneywill temporaily block DVC members from borrowing more than 50% of their points.
Disney is also are further changing and extending the temporary policies that had previously been put in place regarding expiring points. April, June and now August, September and October 2019 points that are set to expire in 2020 and that were used for reservations during the closure period will be extended for one year from the current expiration date.
In addition, April, June and now August, September and October 2018 points that were banked into 2019 Use Years and used for these reservations will now all expire November 30, 2020. This only includes expiring points that were used to book a stay arriving between March 12 and the end of the closure period and that involve a reservation cancelled after February 29.
Select DVC member events that had previously been scheduled for 2020 have been canceled until further notice.
These policies are temporary and as this situation continues to evolve, Disney will reevaluate the policies that are put in place to best serve Disney Vacation Club members.
For more infomation on Disney Vacation Club policies and procedures and your points and reservations visit the DVC website.
(Source: Disney Parks Blog, Disney)