Disney has delayed the reopening of several hotels at Walt Disney World. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort have had their reopening pushed back while Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Disney’s BoardWalk Inn are listed as remaining closed until further notice.
Disney notes on their resort experience updates page that the following dates are subject to change without notice. These dates do not pertain to DVC members.
July 29 – Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
August 24 – Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
September 21 – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
October 4 – Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
October 14 – Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
November 1 – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Closed Indefinitely – Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Closed Indefinitely – Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Closed Indefinitely – Disney’s Port Orleans
Disney provided the following explanation for the changes:
While reopening dates were previously shared for Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, these Disney Resort hotels will remain closed until further notice, as the reopening timeline continues to be reevaluated.
Future reopening dates are subject to change and Guests’ reservations could still be modified to other Disney Resort hotels if needed.
This update proves that current demand at Walt Disney World is incredibly low. It also shows Disney is forecasting that low demand to continue for quite some time. Even after factoring some resort availability being limited due to the NBA, the fact multiple resorts have no timetable to reopen is telling.
Disney appears to be settling in for the long haul and embracing their new reality. It may be a significant amount of time before large numbers of guests can and will return to Walt Disney World.