Here’s what WILL and WON’T be available when resorts reopen at Walt Disney World

A new page on the Walt Disney World website has been created that aims to assist guests who are planning an upcoming stay at a Disney resort when they reopen on June 22. The page covers cleaning procedures,what guests should expect and a handy list of what will and won’t be open across Walt Disney World resorts.

We’ve summarized some of the key things that will and won’t be available when the resorts first reopen. Note: This list is subject to change by Disney at any time. Consult the Walt Disney World website for the latest information.

Which Resorts Open June 22?

  • 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
  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

What IS Available?

  • Disney’s Magical Express
  • Transportation to Disney Springs and the open theme parks
  • Bell Service (but will not escort guests to rooms)
  • Feature pools (with reduced hours)
  • Leisure pools
  • Select poolside activities at select resorts
  • Fitness centers (following local guidelines)
  • Sports courts (guests must maintain social distancing)
  • Activities and recreation will vary based on the specific resort

Key features such as resort transportation and most pools will be open to resort guests. However, specifics regarding resort activities and recreation have not been outlined at this time.

What is NOT Available?

This list reflects Disney’s goal to make social distancing a top priority at its resorts.

  • Guaranteed access to a theme park (separate theme park reservations are required)
  • Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club
  • Minnie Van service
  • Club Level service
  • Shipping services
  • In-room celebrations
  • Dry cleaning and valet laundry
  • Resort airline check-in (may be temporarily unavailable)
  • Fitness classes
  • Arcades
  • Campfires
  • Character experiences
  • Dog parks
  • Electrical Water Pageant
  • Marina rentals
  • Pin trading with cast members (guests can swap at a pin board)
  • Playgrounds
  • Spas, salons and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  • Fireworks voyages and tasting cruises, including the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage
  • Fun runs
  • Wonderland Tea Party at Park Fare
  • Hula lessons
  • In-room childcare services
  • Mermaid school
  • Special classes and programs—including culinary, cultural and animal programs

Summarized, Walt Disney World will be missing many of the elements that make it feel like Walt Disney World when it reopens. These resort features that will be unavailable go along with the fact that specific theme park entertainment, such as parades and fireworks, also won’t be available.

Guests who plan on visiting either the resorts or theme parks when they first reopen should have the correct expectations and be aware that their trip may look very different than a normal Disney vacation.

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David is a Disney travel expert who created Notes from Neverland in 2018 after visiting Disney theme parks countless times. Previously, David spent way too much time writing about sports, and was featured in Sports Illustrated, MSN, Yahoo!, and in many other publications. Learn more or contact us.

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