This is an unprecedented moment in Disney history. Every single park around the world is closed and every park at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, and the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, won’t reopen until April 1, 2020, at the earliest. And Disney understands that a unique situation calls for a unique change to its cancellation policy.
So if you had a trip to Walt Disney World or Disneyland planned–especially in April–and you’re starting to wonder if you should cancel, let us explain first how Disney is changing its cancellation policies due to the closure.
All Change Fees, Cancellation Fees, and No-Show Fees Now Waived
Before the Parks Closed…
Disney parks usually had some sort of financial reprimand for ANY changes of cancellations, including a $50 change fee on hotel reservations, and Disney Dining reservations have a $20 no-show fee.
After the Parks Closed…
Disney is waiving all of those fees ONLY for those reservations that have yet to check-in for their trip between March 16, 2020, and March 31, 2020. Refunds are also being returned in full.
All Park Tickets and Event Tickets Now Refundable
Before the Park Closure…
All tickets were nonrefundable, and all multi-day tickets expired six months after first use. No exceptions.
After the Park Closure…
Disney is automatically refunding tickets and extending the validity of every multi-day ticket so they can still be used beyond March 31, 2020.
Our Suggestion: Do not cancel unless your planned vacation is during the park closure
This special cancellation policy is a special exception only for those would-be guests who had a trip planned during the time of the closure. I am writing this article on March 19, 2020. At this time, if you have a trip to Disneyland or Disney World planned for the first week of April, but you are getting nervous that we will not have “flattened the curve” enough by then, don’t cancel or reschedule yet. Wait for your fears to come true. Because once Disney confirms an extended closure period into April, then there is no reason to doubt that you will get the same special treatment when you now have to cancel or reschedule without consequence.
Waiting for Disney’s word will save you money.
Better understand your Disney Trip
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More FAQs Regarding Disney Parks Closures
- FAQ: How Can You Get A Refund Or Cancel Your Disney Trip?
- FAQs: Everything We Know About Disney’s Responses to the Coronavirus Outbreak
- When Will Disney World and Disneyland Reopen? Everything We Know For Sure So Far!
- Rescheduling a Disney Trip: Will Disney Offer Incentives to Rebook for a Future Visit?