by MIlitary Diva
It has been very difficult for me to write this month’s update article. First of all, there isn’t much to report. The March “News & Updates” post has been continuously updated with current information as it is released. (All critical information can be found in this one spot.) Most states are still on stay-at-home orders or in the beginning phase of reopening. And, there isn’t anything to post concerning any Disney destination reopening.
So what do we know right now?
- Disney World and Disneyland are officially closed until further notice. Disney World is accepting new reservations for travel on June 1; Disneyland is accepting new reservations for travel on July 1.
- Guests with a Walt Disney World check-in date up until May 23 have received notice of trip cancellation.
- Guests with travel dates from March 15-June 30 have the option of canceling their trip for a full refund or re-booking their trip for a future date. (Cancellation and change fees will be waived for these dates of travel.)
- Guests with Travel Protection will lose their insurance payment if they cancel their trip. Guests choosing to re-book have the option of moving the Travel Protection to the new dates of travel.
- In addition, guests have the option of moving their trip to 2021 under a “Basic” or Ticketless Package. This will lock in the 2021 dates and resort room for a $200 deposit. Tickets and dining can be added at a later date when 2021 prices are applicable.
- The final payment dates for existing packages have been changed from 30 days prior to arrival to 7 days prior to check-in.
- Guests with ticket only purchases that are affected by the closure have the option to use their unused tickets through December 15, 2020. Or, the original purchase price of the unused tickets can be applied to a future ticket purchase for dates after December 15.
- Disney Springs will begin a phased reopening on May 21, 2020! The initial phase will include third-party (non-Disney) retail and dining locations only. The parks and resorts will remain closed.
- runDisney’s Star Wars Rival Weekend was canceled and future marathon registrations were delayed.
- Disney Cruise Line has canceled all sailings through June 18, 2020. In addition, sailings on the Disney Magic through July 2 and sailings including a Vancouver stop through the end of June have been canceled. Affected guests have the option of canceling for a full refund or choosing new dates of travel. On May 13, the dates were adjusted to include all sailings through July 28, 2020.
- Adventures by Disney itineraries through June 30, 2020, have been suspended. Departures that include a Disney Cruise Itinerary for the Mediterranean are canceled through June 1.
- Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa is also closed indefinitely.
Now, the good news we can focus on…
- Disney World guests who planned to travel between March 16 and May 31 but rebooked to dates between June 1 and September 30 have been offered a Free Dining offer.
- Disneyland is also offering a special offer for guests with original travel dates between March 14 and May 31, 2020.
- Registration for runDisney’s Marathon Weekend will open on May 7 for Annual Passholders, DVC members, and residents of Golden Oak. Public registration will open on May 12, 2020.
- Disney Cruise Line is offering affected guests that paid in full a 125% Future Cruise Credit to be used on a new sailing within 15 months of the original sailing. Guests choosing to cancel outright and those that were not paid in full have the option of receiving a full refund of the original cruise payments instead.
- Cancelation and change fees for Adventures by Disney have been waived for affected departures. Guests will receive a 100% credit that can be used for future adventures. Future travel must be booked by December 31, 2020. (Travel dates can extend past December 31)
- Cancelation and change fees for Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa are being waived for guests traveling from March 24-June 30, 2020. Any deposits or payments previously paid will be refunded to the original form of payment.
As always, we at “Tips from the Disney Diva” do our best to provide only official information on our site. While we provide tips from our own personal experiences, official Disney information can be fact-checked on Disney sites.
- Tips from the Disney Divas-Disney Travel News & Updates, March 2020
- Disney World Official Operations Updates
- Disneyland Official Operations Updates
- Disney Cruise Line Official Operations Updates
Tips to get you through our current stay at home orders
- Please continue to practice the safest health measures for your family and continue dreaming of how your life will look when we emerge.
- Now is a great time to organize family photos. Feel free to share on our social media sites-we are always happy to see photos of your travel.
- Looking to enhance your child’s online learning? Incorporate math, economics, and budget skills by planning a faux (or future) Disney Trip. Build on science skills by baking a Disney treat. Or, get creative with reading and writing skills by asking your children to write on fun Disney topics such as “Top 10 Villians Not to Invite to your BBQ”.
And as always, consider contacting All for Dreams Travel for any future travel needs. All for Dreams Travel is an independent agency with Gateway to Magic Travel, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.