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Disney World Delays Several Resort Reopenings- including Art of Animation and Polynesian

Walt Disney World has revised the reopening timeline for its resort hotels, pushing back dates for two popular resorts and removing opening dates for two more entirely.

Walt Disney World resumed operations with first its Deluxe Villas and Disney Vacation Club resorts at the end of June. Shortly thereafter, Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Pop Century Resort opened along with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom the week of July 11th.

Guests with existing hotel or vacation package bookings for that time, regardless of where they booked, were relocated primarily to these two resorts, plus some of the DVC villa resorts.

The original opening time frame included the remaining resorts with the exclusion of the All-Stars, Port Orleans and French Quarter, Wilderness Lodge, and Jambo House.

The original list of reopening dates:

  • July 29, 2020 – Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • August 12, 2020 – Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • August 24, 2020 – Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • September 21, 2020 – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • October 1, 2020 – Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
  • October 14, 2020 – Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

The following resorts did not have reopening dates:

  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Today’s update stated that Art of Animation and The Polynesian’s opening would be delayed to October 4 for Polynesian and November 1st for Art of Animation. While The Beach Club and Boardwalk Inn would lose their opening dates and opening would be delayed indefinitely.

Revised list of opening dates:

  • July 29, 2020 – Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • August 24, 2020 – Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • September 21, 2020 – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • October 4, 2020 – Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • October 14, 2020 – Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • November 1, 2020 – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

The following resorts now do not have reopening dates:

  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

This is not due to the NBA, MLS, or any other professional sporting event being held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. On the contrary, these resorts are on the to be opened list. Presumably, because those hotels have already resumed operations in order to host the aforementioned leagues.

Guests who are affected by these changes should reach out to Disney Guest Services or their Travel Professional in the upcoming days to make the necessary changes to their reservations. When the original reopening dates were announced we were affected by our resort not being included in the openings. We had reservations at Port Orleans Riverside and we were able to contact Guest Services and they easily transferred our reservation to another resort while still keeping the same category room (preferred) we had originally booked. Often times guests are upgraded to a higher level resort because the closures are affecting value resorts and 2 of the most popular Moderate resorts.

Source: Disney

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