Disney World has made certain modifications to their policies throughout the pandemic.
In order to accommodate people’s uncertain travel plans in the last year, Disney World created and then extended a flexible cancellation policy, which waives select Disney-imposed cancellation and modification fees for guests choosing to cancel or change their vacation details. However, if you have a trip coming up, you’ll want to know that this perk ends soon.
Disney implemented this flexible cancellation policy when the parks reopened last March. In October 2020, they extended it to last through April 30th, 2021. Here’s that policy if you need a refresher:
However, April 30th is coming up soon! That means, unless this policy is extended at the last minute, you can expect to see change and cancellation fees returning for arrivals starting on May 1st, 2021. While Disney hasn’t announced what, exactly, these fees could look like, here was their cancellation policy pre-closure:
- “For cancellations made 30 days or more prior to guest arrival, amounts paid, minus cancellation fees assessed by third party hotels or other suppliers, non-refundable air transportation, non-refundable runDisney race registrations, non-refundable travel protection plan costs, and other amounts owed, will be refunded.”
- “For cancellations made 2 days to 29 days prior to guest arrival, amounts paid, minus a cancellation fee of $200.00 per package and minus any cancellation fees assessed by third party hotels or other suppliers, non-refundable air transportation, non-refundable runDisney race registrations, non-refundable travel protection plan costs, and other amounts owed, will be refunded. No refunds are given for cancellations of any personalized products or experiences.”
- For cancellations made 1 day or less prior to guest arrival or for no-shows, the full price of the package is non-refundable.
Again, Disney hasn’t yet announced if these are the specifics that will replace the current policy — but they should give you some idea of what to expect. The main takeaway? If you’re arriving for your Disney World vacation on or after May 1st, 2021, you may be subject to change or cancellation fees. So heads up!
We’ll continue to keep you updated as this situation evolves. As always, stay tuned to DFB for more Disney news!
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