BREAKING NEWS: Disney World Provides New Information on What The Resort Experience Will Be Like When They Reopen!

With Disney World preparing to reopen their theme parks on July 11th and 15th, and Disney Vacation Club Resorts, and Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground to reopen on June 22nd, guests have anxiously awaited word on what to expect upon reopening.

Disney’s Riviera Resort

Now, Disney has released more information on the policies they will be implementing at the resort hotels that will be reopening on June 22nd.

Disney has now given new information on the health and safety precautions and policies that guests can expect when the DVC Resort hotels reopen prior to the theme parks, along with some of the new procedures that will be in place.

Grand Floridian Three Bedroom Villa ©Disney

New Hotel Requirements

Reporter Scott Gustin directed readers to a recent update on Disney World’s website, the Disney Resort hotels that reopen on June 22nd will be requiring several things for guests.

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These include:

  • confirmed room reservations
  • confirmed dining reservation for day guests that will not be staying overnight
  • Face coverings for guests two and up — these will need to be worn in all public areas, except for when guests are swimming or seated at a dining table
  • When the parks begin to reopen on July 11th, you will need both a park reservation and valid theme park admission for the same park on the same date to enter
Grand Floridian Villas Lobby

Disney will also be changing cleaning measures and procedures when the resorts reopen — read more about that here!

Along with these requirements, Disney is also recommending that guests download the My Disney Experience app, and use contactless forms of payment such as MagicBands.

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway MagicBand

Additionally, guests may be subjected to a wellness screening, though Disney has not yet elaborated on what that may entail.

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Read more about the health and safety procedures Disney has been implementing at Disney Springs here!

What Hotels Will Be Opening

Disney also has confirmed what hotels will be reopening on June 22nd. These include:

  • 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
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
Bay Lake Tower from the water
Disney’s Bay Lake Tower and Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Virtual Chat

When select Resort hotels reopen on June 22nd, you’ll be able to use their new Virtual Chat tool on the My Disney Experience app, which will give you the chance to chat with a Resort Cast Member for assistance during your stay.

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Resort Services & Amenities

When the Disney World Resort hotels reopen, there will be modifications and limitations on what services and amenities will be active. For resort service changes, these include the following.

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Additionally, Disney is encouraging virtual check-in using the My Disney Experience app, with automatic check out on your last scheduled day.

My Disney Experience

Disney World Resort hotels will also be operating with limited resort amenities. These include limited hours for pools, reduced recreational activities and fitness centers, and more. Notably, guests at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts will not be able to access Stormalong Bay during the initial reopening, and will instead be able to use the leisure pool at Disney’s Beach Club Villas, or the Luna Park Pool and leisure pool at Disney’s BoardWalk Villas.

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Additionally, Electrical Water Pageant, Marina rentals, pin trading, arcades, character experiences, and more will be unavailable during the initial reopening period.

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Read more about the limited resort amenities here!

Housekeeping Services

When the Disney World Resort hotels reopen, they will be see enhanced cleaning, that will include steps such as, “housekeeping tools will be cleaned between rooms”.

Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Room

During your Disney World Resort hotel stay, “light cleaning service” will happen every other day instead of daily. The “light cleaning” will include removing trash, collecting used towels, replenishing with new towels, replenishing amenities in the room and bathroom, wiping and cleaning of vanities and counters, and vacuuming as needed.

Read more about the updated resort cleaning protocols here!

Resort Dining

Disney World also revealed what dining would be available, along with new protocols that would be in place.

Topolino’s Terrace

Read more about what resort dining will be like here!

Transportation

Disney has also confirmed what transportation will be like starting on June 22nd. They have confirmed that complimentary transportation will be available to and from the parks when they reopen, with all transportation operating with spatial distancing being implemented.

Disney Bus

Additionally, the Minnie Van Service will not operate during the resorts’ initial reopening. Valet parking will also not be available (with exceptions for guests with disabilities), with just self-parking in place. Parking fees will still be in place.

Minnie Van

Disney’s Magical Express service will also be operating, providing guests complimentary transportation both to and from Orlando International Airport.

Disney’s Magical Express at MCO

Read more about Disney World Resort hotel’s transportation options upon reopening!

We will continue to update this post with more information, so keep checking back for updates!

You can read more about Walt Disney World’s Reopening here!

Do you have a reservation to stay at Disney World prior to the parks reopening? Let us know in the comments below!

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9 Replies to “BREAKING NEWS: Disney World Provides New Information on What The Resort Experience Will Be Like When They Reopen!”

  1. Have you heard if the shades of green guests will be included as Disney guest like before all this started

  2. We will be there for the opening of Magic Kingdon and Animal Kingdom. We check in on the 10th at our home resort, Bay lake. WE are excited to be some of the first, to hopefully be back in the parks. Cant Wait!

  3. It looks as if the prices are the same, but many of the perks are gone (i.e. resort pools (Yacht & Beach), arcades, club level, etc). I have applied for a refund of my Annual Pass due to the limitations of services and will not return until we get back to prior normalcy.

  4. I have reservations for 7 of us to go to Disney. After Reading all of this, it is not worth the money. No guarantees that we can go in park, eat at restaurants or even get allowed in the pool area due to occupancy restrictions. What it leaves us is sitting in our dvc room eating sandwiches. Really? Sounds like loads of fun!! Woohoo! Just what I want to spend thousands of dollars on! Come on Disney! You are still charges us same points, exorbitant costs on park tickets and we get no parades, no fireworks, no characters, no shows and shortened park hours IF we can get into parks. No good memories for us or kids. Unless things change, wont be going to Disney and may sell (if it is worth anything after this) our DVC.

    1. I agree. We canceled our Sept trip and rebooked for Oct but if restrictions aren’t lifted, face masks especially, we will cancel Oct also. All of this just sucks the fun out of what Disney is supposed to be. I have to wear a miserable face mask all day in an air conditioned hospital and it is awful. No way will my family and I wear one in the FL heat. Maybe next year. If not, oh well. We will spend our money elsewhere.

  5. I’m scheduled to stay on property in October. How do we schedule theme park days? Thanks for all the helpful info! 🙂