This post was last updated on January 22nd, 2021.
The unprecedented closure of Disney parks around the world and their subsequent phased reopening has left many guests with some big questions about their Disney plans.
The biggest question? Whether or not you should cancel your upcoming Disney trip. It’s a tough one! Obviously, no one wants to forgo on a trip to Disney, but with uncertain months still ahead of us, we know this has been the top question we’ve received here at AllEars. We’re breaking down everything that we know so far below.
So, should you cancel your Disney trip?
These continue to be strange days, so it can be hard to decide to keep or toss your upcoming Disney vacay. Despite Disney World being reopen since July of 2020, we’re still not entirely sure what 2021 will hold for Disney World! There are some things we do know, however, so let’s dive in!
When Are You Going?
The first thing to consider is when you’re planning on actually going to Disney World. After all, a lot of people have concerns that the current situation will have a much longer-lasting effect on the Disney parks. Even with the parks reopened, there are many modifications and guidelines still in place that will make your Disney World vacation look and feel a little different than what you’re probably used to.
Simply put, the sooner you’re planning on visiting Disney World, the less “normal” things will look. Currently, Disney still has many restrictions in place, including limited park capacity, mandatory face masks, no FastPass+, no fireworks, no parades, and no character meet and greets.
We expect many of these offerings to return, but at this time it’s hard to predict exactly when that will happen. Some things have slowly started to return, like the modified return of Park Hopping in January of 2021 as well additional Resort hotels announcing their reopening timeline. So, it’s possible that by the time you travel to Disney World, more things will be back in place, but you should still be prepared to have a modified experience in 2021.
So, is the current information and current park offerings enough to cancel right now?
What We Know
While Disney World is currently open with limited capacity in place, we recommend you continue to monitor any and all updates from Disney World at this time, as things could change on an almost daily basis.
In truth, the current situation is uncharted waters for all of us, including The Walt Disney Company. But one thing we do know is that Disney will make the process as magical as possible if your trip is affected.
Currently, Disney World has extended their flexible cancelation policy for reservations with arrivals through April 30th, 2021. This includes waiving any Disney-imposed change and cancelation fees up to the date of check-in.
So, if you currently have a 2021 vacation planned through April and are considering canceling, you know that Disney is there for you to offer flexible plans moving forward. It is unclear at this time if Disney will continue to extend their flexible cancelation policy beyond April.
There is also the consideration of travel restrictions and quarantine to keep in mind. Depending where in the country you live, your state may request self-quarantining upon return from Florida, or you may need to produce a negative COVID-19 test. If you or anyone in your travel party doesn’t feel safe traveling at this time, it’s important to remember that Disney still has those flexible cancelation policies in place through at least April.
What if you’re planning a trip to Disneyland?
Whereas there are many moving parts in determining whether or not you should move forward with an upcoming Disney World vacation, the situation is much more straightforward over at Disneyland. As of this writing, the Disneyland Resort is closed until further notice.
The state of California released theme park guidelines last fall that placed large theme parks in the most restrictive reopening tier, essentially making it extremely difficult for Disneyland to reopen anytime before early 2021, or perhaps even summer of 2021.
If you had a previously booked vacation, Disneyland is currently waiving all Disney-imposed cancelation and change fees up to the date of check-in for reservations with arrivals through the closure period.
Once Disneyland does announce a reopening date, we can expect to see many of the same rules and restrictions in place as we’ve seen in Disney World, including limited park capacity, Park Pass Reservations, face mask mandates, etc.
Why You Shouldn’t Cancel a Disney World vacation — Yet
What’s our advice if you have an upcoming Disney World trip? Maybe don’t cancel just yet. Instead, we recommend closing monitoring the latest updates from Disney World, as they will be informing guests of current plans as soon as the information is available.
Disney World DOES have a lot to offer their guests right now, should you choose to visit. With all four parks reopened, you can enjoy a relatively “normal” vacation, with the exception of a few aspects you’ll need to adapt to, including the face mask mandate which we expect will continue to be in place for the next several months.
On top of that, the Disney phone lines are slammed. As you can imagine, tons of people are trying to get answers right now. To provide flexibility for those that do want to cancel or reschedule, Disney has announced that many cancellations or rebookings can be done online through “My Plans.”
All in all, we don’t have a definitive answer for what you should do if you have a trip coming up soon. Ultimately, it is up to you and your family to decide what is best for you.
That being said, the best recommendation we do have is to hold off on making a decision and listen to official statements from the Walt Disney Company on what to expect, and what’s best to do for upcoming trips. Continue to read our coverage on the latest happenings in Disney World so you can see a first-hand account of what each of the theme parks are like, and decide from there!
We’ll be sure to keep an eye out so that we can pass on anything that Disney reports in relation to future trip reservations!
Do you have a Disney trip coming up soon? Tell us in the comments!
Want to learn more about the Disney Parks closures?
- The Disney Parks Closures: Here's Everything We Know
- Here's Everything That Disney World is Refunding Due to the Temporary Closure
- Here's Everything That Disneyland is Refunding Due to the Temporary Closures
- Here's Everything That the Disney Cruise Line is Refunding Due to Suspended Itineraries
- Should I Cancel My Disney Trip? Taking a Closer Look at Our Most FAQ
- Flattening the Curve: Why Disney is Closing Everything
- All the Times That Disney World and Disneyland Have Closed Throughout History