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We know many of you have been following the news concerning the coronavirus outbreak very closely. Some people have travel plans already booked or are wondering when they should start planning a California or Florida vacation.
We’ve been contacted by numerous readers who are deeply concerned about Disney World and Disneyland and how they’re responding to recent events.
Today, we’re sharing what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Disney parks in the hopes that this information will help our readers. This post will be updated regularly as we get more information.
Click on the links below to skip to the section you need:
- Walt Disney World Resort
- Disney World Updates
- Disney World News
- Reports from Disney World’s Reopening in 2020
- Reopening Coverage
- Theme Park Reservation System and Capacity
- Entertainment Updates
- Attractions Updates
- Transportation Updates
- Annual Pass Updates
- Dining Updates
- General Health Measures
- Face Mask Information
- Systemic Cancelations
- Florida News
- Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
- Disney Springs
- Disney World Resort Refunds
- Disneyland Resort
- Disneyland Resort Refunds
- The Walt Disney Family Museum
- International Disney Parks
- Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa
- Disney Cruise Line
- Walt Disney Company
- How the COVID-19 Outbreak Is Impacting Travel So Far
- Where to Check for Updates Regarding the U.S. Disney Parks
- What is the COVID-19 Virus and How is it Commonly Spread?
- How Can I Protect Myself?
- Can It Be Treated or Prevented?
Walt Disney World Resort
Disney World reopened its theme parks beginning July 11th, 2020. The parks — including Disney Springs and all Disney World hotels — are now open.
On Thursday, March 26th, 2020, Osceola County and Orange County, Florida, (where Disney World Resort is located), enacted a shelter-in-place order. The safety guideline was expected to be in place through April 9th, 2020, and allowed residents to travel for essential business, supply shopping, and medical care only. Orange County also confirmed it did not consider Disney World’s amusement rides and water parks to be essential businesses.
On Thursday, March 12th, 2020, Walt Disney World announced they would be closing effective end of day Sunday, March 15th out of concerns of the spreading Coronavirus. On Wednesday, May 27th, 2020, Disney World proposed a reopening date of July 11th for Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, and July 15th for Epcot and Hollywood Studios.
Now, Disney World has reopened and is continuing to update health and safety measures in accordance with CDC guidelines. Get all the latest information from these links:
Disney World Updates
Disney World News
Has Disney World Attendance Recovered From the Pandemic? Here’s What a New Report Says.
How Long Are Disney World Wait Times on the Busiest Days of the Year? We Check the Data.
EPCOT’s World Showcase Will Be BACK TO NORMAL Soon! We’ve Got Details!
The Perks That Have (and Have Not) Returned to Disney World
How Supply Chain Issues Could Impact Your Next Disney World Trip
Everything That STILL Hasn’t Opened in Disney World
Reports from Disney World’s Reopening in 2020
We’re LIVE From Inside Magic Kingdom in Disney World For the First Time Since the Closures!
We’re LIVE in Disney’s Animal Kingdom For the FIRST Time Since the Closures
We’re LIVE From the Official Reopening of Hollywood Studios in Disney World
We’re LIVE From the Official Reopening of EPCOT and the First Day of Food and Wine!
We’re LIVE With the Grand Reopening of the Disney World Hotels
Disney Springs in Walt Disney World Reopening Day Coverage
Shop FINALLY Reopens After Closing Due to Supply Issues in Disney’s Hollywood Studios
A Magic Kingdom Spot Has FINALLY Reopened…But It’s CHANGED
Everything that Still Hasn’t Reopened in Disney World
An EXCLUSIVE Disney World Spot Will Be Reopening Soon!
PHOTOS: A Hollywood Studios Spot Has FINALLY Reopened for the First Time in Two Years
The ULTIMATE GUIDE To Every Ride, Store, Restaurant, and Experience Reopening in the Disney World Theme Parks!
Disney World Has INCREASED Capacity
Why the Disney World Closure Was the BEST and WORST Thing for Hollywood Studios
How Accurate Are Disney World’s Posted Ride Wait Times Since Reopening?
Theme Park Reservation System and Capacity
Annual Passholders Claim They Were Misled by Disney — Where Do They Stand Now?
NEWS: TICKET CHANGES Announced For Disney World Annual Passholder and Cast Members in 2024
NO MORE PARK PASS RESERVATIONS For Most Disney World Tickets Starting in 2024!
Park Pass Rules Have Officially CHANGED in Disney World
“Legally Fatal” — Breaking Down Disney’s Response to the Park Pass Lawsuit Filed by Annual Passholders
DATE ANNOUNCED for Park Pass CHANGES in Disney World
“Disney Abused a Global Pandemic to Take Advantage of Its Own Loyal Customers” — Updates on the Park Pass Lawsuit
NEWS: How You Book Park Pass Reservations Has CHANGED in Disney World
NEWS: Disney CEO Bob Chapek Makes Statement on the Park Pass Reservation System
CHANGE to Booking Park Passes on Disney World’s App
Disney World Guests Say Park Passes Make Planning Trips HARDER
Will Disney World Ever Get Rid of Park Passes? Everything We Know.
Are Disney Parks Back at FULL Capacity Yet? An Executive Answers.
NEWS: Disney Comments on Theme Park Capacity
The Big Park Hopping DANGER You Need to Know About in Disney World!
The Park Hopper Plus Ticket Option Is BACK in Disney World
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Stitch’s Meet-and-Greet Just CHANGED in Disney World
A Character Meet-and-Greet Has Finally RETURNED to Magic Kingdom
Fantasmic! Is Officially BACK in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
Reservations Now OPEN for Fantasmic! Dining Packages in Disney World
Full Schedule for Fantasmic! Showtimes in November and December 2022
PHOTOS: ‘Toy Story’ Character Meet and Greets Have Returned to Disney World!
The Green Army Drum Corps Is Returning to Toy Story Land in Disney World Soon!
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MORE Character Meet and Greets Have Returned to Disney’s Animal Kingdom
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An EPCOT Attraction Has FINALLY Reopened After Three Years
NEWS: Opening Timeline Announced for Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
A Popular Princess Is BACK Meeting Guests in Magic Kingdom!
BREAKING: A Character Experience Is Finally REOPENING in Magic Kingdom
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Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Has Finally Reopened in Disney World
NEWS: You Can Book Reservations at Disney’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Starting TODAY
PHOTOS: Take a Look at the Reopened Harmony Barber Shop in Magic Kingdom!
Find Out WHEN a Popular Nighttime Tour Is Coming Back to Disney World
Single Rider Available Again at Select Disney World Rides
NEWS: Parking Trams Are RETURNING to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios
CHANGES Could Impact Your Drive to Disney World
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Surprise! Minnie Vans Are BACK in Disney World Weeks Ahead of Official Return
PHOTOS: Parking Lot Trams Are Back at Another Disney World Park!
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FIRST LOOK at Masks No Longer Being Required on Disney World Transportation
PHOTOS & VIDEO: Disney World’s Parking Trams are FINALLY Back!
Annual Pass Updates
Go! Go! Go! Disney World Annual Pass Sales Resume NOW
STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE: How to Buy a Disney World Annual Pass
Annual Passholders Claim They Were Misled by Disney
Disney World Annual Pass UPGRADES Will Be Available Soon! Here’s EVERYTHING You Need To Know!
NEWS: PRICES Confirmed for Disney World Annual Passes When They Resume Sales
BREAKING: Disney World Announces ANNUAL PASS SALES Will Resume, But Quantities Could Be Limited! We Have The Details.
NEWS: DVC Members Can Buy a Disney World Annual Pass EARLY
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FIRST LOOK: An EPCOT Character Breakfast Is BACK!
NEW DETAILS ANNOUNCED for the Disney Dining Plan
PRICES ANNOUNCED for the Disney Dining Plan
DISNEY DINING PLAN WILL RETURN in 2024!
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BREAKING: Date ANNOUNCED for Breakfast Returning to Garden Grill in EPCOT!
BREAKING: Breakfast Is RETURNING to a Popular Character Dining Spot in Disney World!
Magic Kingdom’s Most Popular Restaurant Has CHANGED
Controversial Dining Change Made at Chef Mickey’s in Disney World
DATE ANNOUNCED for the Return of Princesses to Cinderella’s Royal Table
NEWS: Buffets Are Returning to Chef Mickey’s in Disney World
One of EPCOT’s Most Expensive Restaurants Has Reopened!
Opening Date and New Menu Details for Takumi-Tei Restaurant in EPCOT
PHOTOS: Buffets Have Returned to Tusker House in Disney’s Animal Kingdom!
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FIRST LOOK: The Buffet Is Back at Hollywood & Vine in Disney’s Hollywood Studios
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General Health Measures
DFB Video: Big Disney World Changes Forced By The Pandemic
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Disney World’s Current Health and Safety Guidelines For 2022
Is Social Distancing Still Happening in Disney World? Here’s What We’re Seeing.
Disney World Changes Photo Policy Regarding Guests’ Phones
Face Mask Information
BREAKING: Mask Requirements CHANGED for Disney World Transportation
Guests Visiting Disney World Received Mask Policy Updates Via Push Notification Today
FIRST LOOK: Disney World’s Updated Face Mask Policy is Now In Effect
NEWS: Mask Mandate SUSPENDED In Most Disney World Locations
BREAKING: Universal Orlando Makes a Big Change to Its Face Mask Requirement Policy
New Tips for Wearing a Mask In Disney World If You’re Traveling Soon!
CONFIRMED: New START DATE Announced for Brightline Train Service to Orlando Airport <–NEW
Orlando Airport Is Giving You a Free Pass to BREAK THE RULES — And Here’s Why You Should
NEWS: Disney World Updates Cancelation Fees Ahead of Hurricane Idalia
NEWS: Brightline DELAYS Start of Train Service to the Orlando Airport for the 2nd Time
These New Changes Are Making It Harder To Get to Disney World
OPENING DELAYED for the Brightline Train Coming to the Orlando Airport
The Orlando Airport Had RECORD-BREAKING CROWDS in 2023
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Alert! The Way You Get to Disney World from the Orlando Airport Changes Today!
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Good News About the Brightline Train Coming to the Orlando Airport
Passenger Service May Be Cut in HALF On Brightline Train to Orlando
Important Airline CHANGES Are Coming to the Orlando Airport
The Orlando Airport Officially Closed Its COVID-19 Testing Sites
Something NEW Is Coming to the Orlando International Airport
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Ticket RELEASE DATE and PRICES Revealed for Orlando Airport Train
VIDEO: First Look INSIDE the Orlando Airport Train Station
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Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
All Disney World hotels have now reopened.
On Sunday, March 15th, 2020, Walt Disney World announced that they would be closing all of their hotels at 5 PM on March 20th. Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Disney World also announced they would be temporarily closed from March 24th through April 5th, 2020, while Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, which is overseen by Marriott, had also shut down. Shades of Green was also expected to remain closed through May 15th.
Disney World Disney Vacation Club Hotels began opening on June 22nd, 2020. All hotels have now reopened.
Disney World Resort Hotel News
8 Hotel Perks Are STILL Missing in Disney World
NEWS! MAJOR HOTEL CHANGE Announced for Disney World
UPDATE on Housekeeping at Disney World Hotels
Disney Reports HUGE Jump in Hotel Guest Spending
PHOTOS: All-Star Sports Resort Has Officially Reopened in Disney World
Everything We Know About Housekeeping at Disney World Hotels Right Now.
PHOTOS & VIDEO: One of Disney World’s FANCIEST Spas Has Reopened!
You Can Now Book One-Night Stays at Disney World Hotels Again!
Disney Vacation Club News
On Wednesday, May 20th, 2020, Disney Springs reopened to the public and remains open.
On Tuesday, March 17th, 2020, Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis ordered that bars and nightclubs throughout the state be closed for 30 days. He also called for restaurants to operate at a maximum of 50% capacity with at least 6 feet between tables. Locations would also be prohibited from serving drinks on-site until the end of March. Disney Springs closed its Disney-owned businesses on March 17th. Individual vendors were able to make the decision on whether they remain open or if they choose to close.
Disney Springs News
PHOTOS & VIDEOS: A Unique and Immersive Experience Is Returning to Disney Springs!
NEWS: Another Spot Where You Can Grab a Quick Bite in Disney Springs Has Reopened!
Disney Springs in Walt Disney World Reopening Day Coverage
Everything You Need to See About a Reopened Disney Springs
Health Measures Implemented in Disney Springs Upon Reopening
Health Measure Details for Disney Springs Reopening
Disney World Resort Refunds
Disney World has shared information regarding Annual Pass extensions and Tables in Wonderland Extensions (click here to check it out). They have also shared information regarding ticket refunds. We have all those details here.
For guests who have pre-existing bookings through Walt Disney Travel Company, Disney made a temporary adjustment to its final payment policy during the reopening. Final payment for resort packages booked at Walt Disney World or Disneyland through Walt Disney Travel Company were instead due 7 days prior to Guest arrival. Payment could be made online or by phone. For new package reservations made with arrival in less than 30 days, payments were due in full.
How To Reschedule Your Disney World Trip
What Disney World Will (and Won’t) Refund Right Now
Here’s How To Contact Disney World When Phone Lines Are Crazy Busy
Step By Step Guide To Get Your Trip Refunded or Rescheduled
Full List of Disney World Refunds
Disney World Park Ticket Refund Policy
Disneyland reopened on April 30th, 2021. Downtown Disney reopened on July 9th, 2020.
On Thursday, March 19th, 2020, California’s Governor issued a stay-at-home order. On Thursday, March 12th, 2020, Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California announced they would be closing Saturday, March 14th, despite California Governor’s exemption. Disneyland Resort announced that they would be closing Downtown Disney as well starting on March 17th, 2020. On Friday, March 27th, Disneyland changed its temporary closure end date from March 31st to “until further notice.”
On Wednesday, June 10th, 2020, Disneyland Resort announced that Downtown Disney would reopen July 9th, the theme parks would reopen on July 17th, and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel would reopen July 23rd.
See the links below for all the latest information about Disneyland Resort’s reopening and health measures:
Disneyland Reopening News
PHOTOS & VIDEOS: The Main Street Electrical Parade Is BACK in Disneyland!
PHOTOS & VIDEOS: Disneyland Forever Fireworks Are BACK!
DATE Announced for the Return of Traditional Character Meet-and-Greets at Disneyland Resort
NEWS: Disneyland President Says Park is Only At Halfway Point of Reopening
Showtimes Announced For The Return of THREE Disneyland Nighttime Shows
PHOTOS: Trams Are BACK at Disneyland Resort!
NEWS: 6 Entertainment Offerings Are Returning to Disneyland Next Year
PHOTOS: Fantasmic! Has Returned to Disneyland
Mickey’s Mix Magic Fireworks Are Officially BACK in Disneyland!
Fireworks Have Officially Returned to Disneyland!
Single Rider Now Available at Select Disneyland Attractions!
What It’s Like to Ride an Attraction in Disneyland With Current California Restrictions
How CROWDED Is Disneyland on Reopening Day?
What to Expect When Waiting in Ride Lines at Disneyland Resort
NEWS: Magic Key Sales Resume TOMORROW for Disneyland Resort
NEWS: Date Announced for the Return of Disney’s “Magic Happens” Parade
Guided Tours Are Returning to Disneyland and You Can Book Yours NOW!
The Silhouette Studio Has Finally REOPENED in Disneyland
DATE Announced for the Return of the Red Car Trolley in Disneyland
Disneyland is Bringing Back An EXCLUSIVE Lounge and Dining Experience
Analysts Estimate Just How Many Billions the Disneyland Closure Cost
Theme Park Reservation System
HUGE Park Pass Reservation Update Announced in Disneyland
Disneyland Just Made Its Park Reservation Process Way Easier!
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Disneyland to Use Theme Park Reservation System Upon Reopening
Disneyland Prepares for Reopening as Park Reservation Signs and a Potential New Walkway Appear
NEWS: Mask Requirements CHANGED for Disneyland Transportation
NEWS: Disneyland Resort Eliminates Mask Mandate in Most Locations
Disneyland Resort Updates Indoor Mask Policy
Temperature Checks End in Disneyland
PHOTOS & VIDEO: Come Inside The Reopened Blue Bayou Restaurant In Disneyland With Us!
NEWS: Blue Bayou Has Reopened for Walk-Ins in Disneyland
Fantasmic! Dining Packages Are Coming Back to Disneyland
Disneyland Hints at the Return of “Normal” Character Dining
REVIEW: Your One Stop Shop for Pizza AND Cheesecake is BACK in Disneyland!
Here’s Why It Might Take LONGER To Get Food At Disneyland
Disneyland Dining Reservations Are Now Available!
Here’s a Full List of the Restaurants That Will Be Open at Disneyland!
Disneyland Hotel Reopening
NEWS: Package Delivery Is Returning to Disneyland Resort!
The Disneyland Hotel Will Look DIFFERENT When It Reopens
Disneyland Hotel Announces a Reopening Date
A MAJOR Perk Is Returning for Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests
Something HUGE Will Be Missing From Disneyland’s Paradise Pier Hotel When It Reopens
Paradise Pier in Disneyland Gets a Reopening Date
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel Has REOPENED
Your Complete Guide to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel Reopening
Downtown Disney Reopening
Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure to OPEN for Shopping and Dining
Disneyland Updates Website With New Downtown Disney Indoor Dining Information
Indoor Dining Is Coming Soon to These Downtown Disney Restaurants!
First Look at a Reopened Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort
Here’s EVERY Restaurant and Shop Set to Reopen in Downtown Disney Tomorrow!
Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District is Reopening SOON! Here’s What You Need to Know!
NEWS: Indoor Face Mask Requirement to Take Effect Soon in California
Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID Test to Be Required for More Indoor California Events
Amid Surge of COVID Cases, California Urges Residents to Wear Face Masks Indoors
LA County, California to Require All Individuals to Wear Masks Indoors Again Soon
New Details Emerge Regarding California’s Plans to Fully Reopen on June 15th
Disneyland Capacity May Increase as Orange County, California Enters the Yellow Tier
When California Will Enforce the Outdoor Face Mask Mandate
Los Angeles County Moves Into California’s “Yellow Tier” — Select Theme Parks Can Now Increase Capacity
Small Businesses in California Begin to Rebound as Theme Parks Reopen
The Walt Disney Family Museum
The Walt Disney Family Museum has reopened after a brief re-closure on November 29th, 2021.
International Disney Parks
Check out the links below to learn more about updates concerning international travel, including the Adventures by Disney tours:
International Travel News
NEWS: EUROPE Now Has An Admission Fee
NEWS: CHANGES Made to CDC COVID-19 Travel Advisory System
COVID-19 Restrictions Are CHANGING for Travel to Canada
WHEN You Can FINALLY Go Back to Japan
NEWS: CDC Changes COVID-19 Testing Requirements For International Travel
NEWS: The Train Between London and Disneyland Paris Is Returning SOON
Adventures by Disney News
Adventures By Disney Updates Their COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
Adventures By Disney Cancels More Upcoming Trips
Adventures By Disney Extends Refund Policy
Planning an Adventures By Disney Trip? Check Out These Policy Updates
Shanghai Disneyland Resort
Shanghai Disneyland reopened on December 8th, 2022, from 8:30AM to 2PM. Note that due to pandemic control measures, certain areas of the park were closed or operating at reduced capacity.
Shanghai Disneyland was the first park to close on January 25th, 2020, due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Shanghai Disneyland reopened on June 30th, 2022. It then closed again on October 31st, 2022. Disney announced a phased reopening that began on November 17th. Shanghai Disneyland closed once again on November 29th, 2022, before reopening on December 8th.
Check out the links below for the latest news about Shanghai Disneyland:
NEWS: China Dropping Quarantine Requirements For Incoming Travelers
NEWS: Shanghai Disneyland Reopening Date Revealed
NEWS: Shanghai Disneyland Is Closing Again Due to COVID-19
NEWS: Shanghai Disney Resort Adds COVID-19 Testing Requirement
What Caused Shanghai Disneyland to Increase Guest Capacity, and What Could It Mean for Disney World?
Shanghai Disneyland to Increase Capacity and Reduce Select Reservation Restrictions Next Week
Fireworks Return to Shanghai Disneyland on a Trial Basis
Tokyo Disneyland Resort
Tokyo Disneyland is currently open.
On February 29th, 2020, Toyko Disney Resort created a tentative reopening scheduled for March 15th but extended its closure through mid-May 2020.
Beginning October 11th, 2022, Japan removed some of its COVID-19 border control rules. Specifically, individual visitors are now allowed to enter Japan and Japan has reinstated visa waivers. The cap on daily arrivals also ended.
Check out the links below for the latest news about Tokyo Disneyland:
COVID-19 Policy CHANGE Announced for Tokyo Disneyland
Now That Japan Is Opening Borders, Here’s How To Go to Tokyo Disneyland
WHEN You Can FINALLY Go Back to Japan
Tokyo Disney Resort Extends Restricted Hours and Alcohol Ban
Reduced Park Hours to Continue at Tokyo Disneyland Resort
FIREWORKS Are Returning to Tokyo Disneyland
Over 20 Restaurants Set to Temporarily Close at Tokyo Disney Resort
Tokyo Disney Suspends Annual Passport Program — At Least For Now
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort
Hong Kong Disneyland reopened on April 21st, 2022.
Check out the links below for the latest news from Hong Kong Disneyland:
Mask Rules Have CHANGED at Hong Kong Disneyland
NEWS: Hong Kong Disneyland Announces Reopening Date
NEWS: Hong Kong Disneyland Has Extended Its Closure
See What Hong Kong Disneyland Looked Like on Its Reopening Day
Find Out How the Reservation System Works to Enter Hong Kong Disneyland
Disneyland Paris Resort
Disneyland Paris reopened in June 2021.
On Sunday, March 15th, 2020, Disneyland Paris closed its hotels and Disney Village.
Before choosing to close, Disneyland Paris issued new sanitary directives and extended its cleaning methods. According to LeParisien.fr, these heightened practices included rotating out self-serve cutlery more frequently or using disposable flatware instead, reducing interactions between Disney characters and guests, discontinuing single rider lines, and cleaning handles on wheelchairs and strollers.
Disneyland Paris had also previously canceled all its parades and fireworks shows prior to shutting down. This park has since reopened and remains open now.
Check out the links below for more information about the latest news from Disneyland Paris:
NEWS: Disneyland Paris Relaxes COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
Face Mask Mandate Suspended in Disneyland Paris
Guests Are No Longer Required to Wear Face Masks in Disneyland Paris
NEWS: COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements to Be Updated Soon at Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris Guests May Soon Be Required to Have a COVID-19 Pass
Disneyland Paris to Resume Annual Pass Sales
Here’s When the Disneyland Paris Vaccine Site Will Open
Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa
Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa in Hawaii closed for a time in 2020. All reservations scheduled to arrive during the closure were automatically canceled on a week-by-week basis, and Aulani did make revisions to its cancelation policy.
This policy lifted the close-in reservation cancellation restrictions. Guests also received their points back as Vacation Points or Reservation Points without points being placed into holding. Any Borrowed Points returned due to cancellation were not placed in holding and were returned to the Use Year they were borrowed from. Aulani has since reopened and remains open now.
Check out the links below to learn more about Aulani’s closure, reopening, and current news:
BIG Changes Coming to Reopening Aulani Restaurant
NEWS: Opening DATE Announced For Aunty’s Beach House at Disney’s Aulani Resort
NEWS: Mask Mandate SUSPENDED in Most Locations at Disney’s Hawaiian Resort
Disney’s Hawaiian Resort Is Changing Its COVID-19 Policies
Potential New Travel Restrictions May Impact Your Trip to Disney’s Aulani in Hawaii
Disney Cruise Line
Disney Cruise Line has resumed sailings.
The Disney Cruise Line canceled sailings beginning in March 2020, and they resumed some sailings in late summer 2021. Note that the Disney Cruise Line’s final payment policy has been extended to 60 days for guests with sailings through December 31st, 2022.
In the summer of 2022, the CDC announced that they would end their cruise line regulations and allow cruise lines to make their own COVID-19 policies. Several cruise lines have now updated COVID-19 testing and vaccination rules, and you can check out all of those changes here.
UPDATE: Disney previously announced that, beginning October 14th, 2022, guests sailing on the Disney Wonder, Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, and Disney Wish are no longer be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Beginning November 7th, 2022, the same change went into effect for the Disney Magic. Disney notes that being vaccinated is still highly recommended. Note that providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test is no longer required either.
Check out the links below for more news about the Disney Cruise Line and cruises in general:
General Cruising News
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Will Be REMOVED for Most Sailings on a Major Cruise Line
Another Major Cruise Line is CHANGING Its COVID-19 Vaccine Rules
A Look at the COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Policies For EVERY Major Cruise Line
COVID-19 Testing Requirements CHANGE on Another Major Cruise Line
First Major Cruise Line REMOVES COVID-19 Testing Requirements
CDC No Longer Regulating Cruises — COVID-19 Requirements Could CHANGE
NEWS: Cruise Business on the Rise at Popular Florida Port
Disney Cruise Line Updates
CHANGE Made to COVID-19 Refund Policy on Disney Cruise Line
FULL Guide to COVID-19 Policies for Disney Cruise Line
COVID-19 Testing Policy CHANGE Announced for the Disney Cruise Line
NEWS: COVID-19 Vaccinations To No Longer Be Required on Disney Cruise Line
NEWS: COVID-19 Testing Policy Is CHANGING for the Disney Cruise Line
CHANGES Made to Character Meet-and-Greets on Disney Cruises
Other Cruise Line Updates
Why It May Be More Difficult To Go On A Cruise This Summer
Carnival Cruise Line Launches First Voyage from U.S. Port Since Last Year
Royal Caribbean Cruises Set Sail Out Of Florida
Royal Caribbean Cruises Will Return to Florida This Summer
Carnival Cruise Line Looks to Resume Cruises This Summer
Royal Caribbean Plans To Set Sail Again This Summer
The Walt Disney Company
Like many companies, the Walt Disney Company has continued to adjust as new information comes to light concerning the coronavirus.
Check out the links below to learn about how the pandemic has affected the Walt Disney Company:
Disney Makes BIG Change to Its COVID-19 Policies for TV Shows
Disney Removes COVID-19 Warnings After President Joe Biden Says Pandemic Is Over
DATE Announced For Return of the Exclusive Walt Disney Studios Lot Tour!
Is Disney Still Short on Staff? Here’s What We Know.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek Talks Star Wars Hotel, the COVID-19 Closures, and More
“Vaccinations Are the Key to Really Mitigating the Impact of This Pandemic,” Says Disney CEO
How the COVID-19 Outbreak Is Impacting Travel So Far
On Wednesday, March 11th, 2020, the World Health Organization officially declared Coronavirus a pandemic. You can check the CDC’s current risk assessment level by each country here.
Previously, the CDC maintained a country-by-country list of travel advisories related to COVID-19. But, according to CNN, that list won’t be maintained by the CDC anymore. As of October 3rd, notices will only be posted for countries when there is a concerning COVID-19 variant or another situation that would change the travel recommendations from the CDC.
Learn more about how the pandemic is impacting travel here:
Air Travel and Flight Cancelations
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Announcements about Disney World and Disneyland’s closures were posted on their website’s main page. To keep up with the latest information on the coronavirus itself near Disney locations, we recommend checking the Florida Department of Health for Disney World, and The Orange County Public Health Care Agency, along with The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health for Disneyland.
For official Disney World or Disneyland statements, please follow our DFB newsletter as we’ll be covering every update.
What is the COVID-19 Virus and How is it Commonly Spread?
Coronavirus, also referred to as COVID-19, was first identified as an outbreak in Wuhan, China. It most commonly causes mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses, although there are numerous types of coronavirus. The disease is thought to spread from person to person through droplets expelled through the air by infected persons or transferred from surfaces (similar to the flu). These droplets can either be inhaled or enter through your eyes, mouth, or nose.
Since Coronavirus symptoms present themselves very similarly to the common flu or cold virus, people who are sick should avoid the general public to prevent transmitting the illness. Several subvariants of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 have emerged, with BA.5 being the most recent. These subvariants are often more transmissible and have led to additional waves of hospitalizations.
The U.S. is planning to shift to a yearly COVID-19 shot, similar to the yearly flu shot. According to The Washington Post, “White House coronavirus coordinator Ashish Jha said Tuesday the newly reformulated omicron-targeting boosters mark an ‘important milestone’ in the U.S. pandemic response, moving the country to a point where a single annual coronavirus shot should provide a ‘high degree of protection against serious illness all year.'”
Check out the links below for more news about the coronavirus and its variants:
General COVID-19 News
COVID-19 and a Potential Winter Surge: What You Need to Know
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COVID-19 Statistics and Trends to Know Before You Visit a Disney Park
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NEWS: CDC CHANGES Select Mask Recommendations
Omicron Variant News
The BA.5 COVID-19 Variant and Disney World: What You Need To Know
The BA.2.12.1 COVID-19 Variant and Disney World: What You Need To Know
What You Need to Know About the “Stealth” BA.2 COVID-19 Variant Before Your Next Disney Trip
NEWS: Cases of the New “Stealth” Omicron COVID-19 Subvariant Reported in Florida
Are Travel Bans the “Wrong” Way to Fight the Omicron COVID-19 Variant? Here’s What Some Have to Say
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The Omicron COVID-19 Variant and Disney World: What You Need To Know
Full List of Current Travel Restrictions and Border Closures Due to the Omicron COVID-19 Variant
How Can I Protect Myself?
To avoid contracting COVID-19, the CDC recommends staying 6 feet away from individuals who are sneezing or coughing. Avoid touching and rubbing your eyes, nose, and mouth. If you are feeling unwell or are symptomatic, stay home.
Cover your mouth when coughing and cover your nose when sneezing (ideally with a tissue that you can dispose of afterward). Use household cleaning products to clean and disinfect the objects you touch.
Face masks are recommended for everyone when social distancing is not possible, especially while indoors or in close proximity to other people.
Hand washing is also super important. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water especially before eating and after using the restroom.
If you cough, blow your nose with a tissue, or sneeze into your hands and wash them immediately. The CDC also recommends the use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol (FYI Purell is 70% alcohol, so if you have Purell at home that will work just fine).
Can It Be Treated or Prevented?
A vaccine for COVID-19 has been developed and dispersed throughout the country. Boosters for this vaccine have also been developed and are being distributed now.
We know our readers and viewers are very concerned about the events surrounding coronavirus. The most important thing to remember is not to panic. Be diligent in covering your nose when sneezing and your mouth when coughing, and wash your hands regularly — especially before eating. Also, if you feel ill, stay home.
Currently, vaccines and boosters are available at most pharmacies around the US. The FDA recently authorized a booster for kids ages 5 to 11 as well. Vaccines for kids younger than 5 are being tested now. According to Axios, a COVID-19 pill is also going to be widely available soon. The pill — called Paxlovid — is produced by Pfizer and is significant because it allows COVID-19 patients to be treated at home without the risk of illness found at a hospital. This treatment was pretty scarce when it was first approved, but the White House COVID Response Coordinator has said that it should be available at most US pharmacies soon.
Should Disney World Guests Be Concerned about Monkeypox?
Numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control now indicate that Florida is the state with the 4th most cases of Monkeypox – behind New York, California, and Illinois (as of late July 2022). Should travelers be taking special precautions against Monkeypox when traveling in Florida? Is this something else we need to worry about?
According to the Florida Department of Health, there were 374 cases of Monkeypox reported in the state through July 28, 2022. The vast majority of those cases were in south Florida – in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Among the counties in the Orlando area, there were 22 cases in Orange County, 1 in Osceola, 2 in Seminole, and 2 in Lake.
Those numbers may seem small, but they are increasing, as is the demand for the Monkeypox vaccine. Kent Donahue, public information officer with the Florida Department of Health-Orange County, told DFB in an interview that Orange County currently has no Monkeypox vaccine appointments available. The department is receiving doses of the vaccine, but everything they have received so far has been spoken for. Priority for vaccine distribution is being given to areas where the highest number of cases are being reported, Donahue said.
So, what specific precautions should be taken if you are planning to travel to Florida? Public health officials declined to provide specific information for travelers in two phone interviews with DFB, citing a lack of traveler-specific information. Instead, they directed us to the Centers for Disease Control’s prevention information.
- Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox.
- Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox.
- Do not kiss, hug, cuddle or have sex with someone with monkeypox.
- Avoid contact with objects and materials that a person with monkeypox has used.
- Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with monkeypox.
- Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially before eating or touching your face and after you use the bathroom.
Another important thing to do, public health officials told DFB, is to keep the risk in perspective. Monkeypox is still rare, and person-to-person transmission is difficult – though that appears to be changing some with this recent outbreak. And while there is no “cure” for Monkeypox, the illness tends to go away on its own without treatment, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
Find more information about Monkeypox and Disney World here:
We will continue to update this post as we learn more.
Do you have travel plans for Disney World or Disneyland in the next few months? Let us know in the comments below!