Last year was a strange one for the Walt Disney World Resort, with a lengthy closure and a tricky reopening creating a lot of uncertainty for guests (and Cast Members). While some Resort hotels, restaurants, and experiences have opened back up (or have announced reopening dates), others have remained closed into the new year.
Want to know which hotels won’t be an option for an upcoming trip? Here are all of the resorts that are currently closed at least partially in Disney World
All-Star Movies Resort
Disney World’s Value-level All-Star Resorts are some of the most affordable resorts on property, with colorful theming such as classic Disney movies. Unfortunately, they are all closed at the moment.
However, All-Star Movies Resort is set to open next year, though not immediately. Currently Disney plans to reopen the resort on March 22nd, 2021. Assuming it reopens as planned, you’ll be able to revisit All-Star Movies soon.
All-Star Music Resort
Unlike All-Star Movies, the All-Star Music Resort is closed indefinitely, with no time frame given for its reopening. This is sad because All-Star Music is perhaps the most lively of the All-Star Resorts, with not only giant musical instrument decorations but also various genres of music playing in the different areas of the hotel.
If you’re looking for larger-than-life icons but don’t care for All Star Movies, Pop Century might be a good fit in place of All Star Music.
All-Star Sports Resort
Similarly, the All-Star Sports Resort has no stated reopening date at this time. All-Star Sports has been popular with athletes and families alike due to both its sports theming (even giant footballs) and low prices. Other sports-themed attractions at Disney World such as the ESPN Club restaurant are closed right now, too.
Even so, there are still opportunities for sports and recreation at Disney World’s resorts. Many Deluxe hotels (and the Moderate Coronado Springs) still have their fitness centers open to guests. Similarly, the sports courts at several resorts such as the Contemporary Resort and Yacht Club Resort also remain open. So if you enjoy sports, you might want to check out one of those resorts. Otherwise, the Pop Century also makes for a good option with its affordability and theming.
Beach Club Resort
Right now, the Beach Club Resort isn’t open for guests, but it is set to open back up next year on May 30th, 2021. But you can also visit the Beach Club Resort right now, if you reserve one of the Beach Club Villas instead of a regular resort room. Restaurants like the Beach Club Marketplace are open, along with facilities such as the fitness center and pools.
Neighboring Yacht Club Resort is open – not only the villas, but the regular resort rooms, too. Whether you come to the Beach Club now for the villas or later once the rest of the resort opens, you’ll appreciate the resort’s proximity to EPCOT’s World Showcase and the Atlantic City-themed BoardWalk. Plus: Stormalong Bay (need we say more?).
If you want to enjoy the BoardWalk – a special area of Disney World themed after classic waterfront boardwalks from the turn of the 20th century, the best choice for a resort is the BoardWalk Inn. Unfortunately, despite initial plans by Disney to reopen it, the BoardWalk Inn remains closed indefinitely.
However, BoardWalk Villas are still open for business. Some of the popular stores and restaurants on the BoardWalk like the ESPN Club are closed, but you can still visit others there like the BoardWalk Bakery and Trattoria al Forno (though the latter does not do character dining at the moment). Please also note that the BoardWalk Villas are within walking distance of EPCOT’s International Gateway (and Skyliner), making them an excellent choice for vacationers.
Polynesian Village Resort
With its tropical theming inspired by traditional cultures from across the Pacific, the Polynesian Village Resort offers a vibrant island getaway, so many fans look forward to the resort reopening in the summer of 2021. Even before then, though, guests can book rooms in the Polynesian Villas and Bungalows.
The Polynesian’s DVC bungalows are especially memorable for guests, as they offer luxurious stays right on the waters of the Seven Seas Lagoon, complete with a private deck and even a plunge pool. In addition, some of the Polynesian Resort’s stores and dining services — like Kona Café and Bou-tiki — are still open. Unfortunately, the lively Spirit of Aloha dinner show and the fan-favorite ‘Ohana are not currently open. Please also note that current renovations at the resort mean that the Monorail does not service this resort at the moment.
Port Orleans Resort
Port Orleans Resort consists of two different hotel areas – Riverside, emphasizing Louisiana’s southern countryside, and French Quarter, honoring Louisiana’s colorful French and Cajun cultures. Unfortunately, neither of these resorts is open right now, and Disney has yet to say when either will reopen.
If you’re looking for an alternative to Port Orleans, consider Old Key West and its southern aesthetic, focused on the Florida Keys.
The Wilderness Lodge has a strong outdoors feel to it, with a rustic style inspired by national park lodges. So if you’re interested in a taste of the outdoors, you’ll be happy to know that despite Wilderness Lodge’s current closure, its Villas remain open. Wilderness Lodge has two different sets of villas – Boulder Ridge Villas and Copper Creek Villas and Cabins – and both make for great stays.
If you’d still rather stay in the actual Wilderness Lodge, though, you’ll have to be patient. Wilderness Lodge won’t reopen until June 6th, 2021. For other outdoorsy resorts, why not try Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground? Fort Wilderness is still open right now, so it’s worth checking out if you like camping and nature.
We miss the many fun Disney World resorts currently closed, but in time they’ll return to normal. Many will reopen soon, and you can still find great alternatives with the currently open resorts. Until then, use this list to know what resorts to cross off your list for now.
What Disney World resort experience do you miss the most right now? Feel free to share in the comments.