Hello and welcome back to KatDoesDisney. I’m going to get right into it… Today’s post is very different. In a relatively short period of time, everyday lives for millions around the world changed drastically. Even Disney is affected by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. I want to share with you how coronavirus has had an impact on Disney.

Theme Park Closures

Disney is notorious for not closing their theme parks unless absolutely necessary. Given multiple governments’ call for social distancing to help slow the spread of COVID-19, Disney did just that. In an unprecedented move, they closed the gates to all theme parks across the globe. Most of the parks state closures through the end of this month (March 31st). This includes the Disney World Resort in Florida and the Disneyland Resort in California. However, Tokyo Disneyland will be closed until early April. Of course, this is subject to be extended based on consultations with local and federal governments.

In more recent news, Disney announced closures of Downtown Disney, Disney Springs, and Disney World Resort Hotels. This is extended to include Disney’s Vero Beach and Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resorts.

Disney Travel Refunds and Cancellation Policies

Disney is working with guests who had travel arrangements during this time to include:

  • Extension of unused theme parks tickets through December
  • Application of ticket value to future ticket purchase (if can’t return prior to December)
  • Refund of purchased tickets to special events (Disney After Hours, Disney Villians After Hours, and Early Morning Magic)
  • Cancellation and refund of resort hotel bookings. Does not apply to any reservations made with third partys.
  • Annual Pass extension by the number of days the Disney theme parks are closed
  • Refund of pre-paid dining experiences during the closure period
  • Extension of Tables of Wonderland memberships
  • Automatic cancellation of FastPass+ reservations made for during the closure time period

Please check the Disney Theme Park webpages for up-to-date information if you had any reservations or tickets during the closure period.

Disney+: On the Bright Side!

Now for some uplifting coronavirus impact on Disney! I am very grateful to have the Disney+ streaming service during this time. It definitely helps relieve boredom at home and bring a little magic into our new, everyday routine. A nice surprise was Frozen 2 being released months in advance! If you haven’t seen the movie yet, definitely check it out on Disney+.

In even better news, there’s a way to get FREE Disney+! If you don’t have it, Verizon is offering a free 1 year subscription to any new Fios Internet customers.

If you’re looking for more ways to keep the Disney magic alive during this time of uncertainty, definitely check out this post!

When COVID-19 gets you down, don’t forget that:

There’s a great, big, beautiful tomorrow
Shining at the end of every day
There’s a great, big, beautiful tomorrow
And tomorrow’s just a dream away!!

Until next time… Be smart and stay safe everyone! Cheers!!