Currently, the four Walt Disney World theme parks (and both water parks) are temporarily closed as part of the efforts to promote safety due to concerns over the Coronavirus. However, following closure of the parks, select areas of the Resort remained in service of guests during a transitional phase.
As the Resort went through its closing phases, we continually updated this post daily as various parts of the Resort begin their temporary closures, and we are keeping it current at this time. Here is an at-a-glance list of the status of Disney World operations.
Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
Walt Disney World Resort hotels are temporary closed as of Friday, March 20th, at 5:00 PM.
(Note that the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel closed its doors on March 17th, and remaining guests were transferred to the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel.) Elsewhere on property, Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World announced that its temporary closure will take place from March 24th through April 5th and Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace has temporarily suspended operations and is not accepting reservations through April 30, 2020.
Operation Updates within the Resort Hotels
The Resort restaurants remained in operation through 5:00 PM, March 20th, including Character Meals. However, Disney shared that Character dining experiences may have modified experiences and characters present the week of March 16th through March 20th, following the closure of the parks.
Closures at the Resorts which were already in effect include the two Resort dinner shows — Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Fort Wilderness and the Spirit of Aloha at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort — which were cancelled as of March 16, 2020. (Guests who had made reservations for these experiences will receive an automatic refund.)
Resort spas and salons services were also suspended, and the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique location in Disney’s Grand Floridian is now closed.
The Electrical Water Pageant around the Magic Kingdom area Resort hotels has been temporarily cancelled.
The following experiences were also all temporarily canceled:
- All Fireworks cruises including Pirates & Pals Fireworks Dessert Voyage, and Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise
- Highway in the Sky Dine Around and Celebration at the Top: Savor, Sip, and Sparkle
- Day Cruise Around the World, Grand 1 Yacht Rentals, and Disney Vacation Club Seven Seas Tasting Cruise
Guests who had reserved these experiences will receive automatic refunds.
Disney’s Magical Express
Disney’s Magical Express — which provides Walt Disney World guests transportation to and from the Orlando International Airport — remained in operation for Resort guests through March 20th, 2020, but has now temporarily ended its service.
All Walt Disney World transportation options (including buses and the Walt Disney Resort Monorail) closed as of March 18th.
Walt Disney World Sports Complex and Golf
Walt Disney World Golf and FootGolf — at press time — remain open and on their regular operating schedule. Visit golfwdw.com for more information, or call (407) WDW-GOLF.
The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and miniature golf locations, however, are closed.
Disney announced that all Disney owned and operated locations in Disney Springs temporarily closed on March 17th. For several days following, independent tenants in Disney Springs were able to make their own decisions regarding operations. However, according to the Walt Disney World website, all locations at Disney Springs are now temporarily closed.
As a reminder, Disney has stated that these measures are taken in “an abundance of caution” for the safety of all Walt Disney World guests and Cast Members.