How Could Florida’s Self Isolation Order Impact Disney World Annual Passholders?

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Effective June 5, the Florida Department of Health announced that Executive Order 20-139 is requiring travelers entering Florida from the tri-state area of Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York would be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

The official Florida COVID-19 webpage states:

  • This Executive Order does not apply to individuals involved in commercial activity and students traveling for the purpose of academic work, internships, sports training and any other activity or program approved by the educational institution.
  • All persons isolating or quarantining will be responsible for all costs associated with their isolation or quarantine. This includes transportation, lodging, food, medical care and any other expenses to sustain the individual during their period of isolation or quarantine.
  • Roadside checkpoints are set up on interstates to check for potential COVID-19 cases coming into Florida from areas with substantial community spread of the virus. The checkpoints do not apply to commercial drivers or health workers.

In the Disney community, one of the biggest questions that has come out of this Florida self-isolation extension is how Walt Disney World annual passholders from the tri-state will be affected.

Although Walt Disney World Resort officials have not yet announced any official details about the status of APs from these states, here are some scenarios that could occur.

There may not be an Annual Passholder impact.

Florida’s tri-state self-isolation regulations are currently set to expire on July 7, prior to Disney World’s phased reopening date of July 11. If the Order does, in fact, end when it is slated to, WDW Annual Passholders from those Northeast states may not have their vacations impacted beyond Disney’s own policy changes, such as required reservations.

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There may be an Annual Passholder Refund.

Although Disneyland and Disney World Annual Passholders already have a refund option due to the temporary closure of the Disney Parks, there is the possibility of another refund option being added for those impacted by the tri-state isolation order.

These passholders could also potentially take advantage of the existing Disney refund policy.

In a previous article, we looked at ITM reader responses, where one fan shared this sentiment regarding an AP refund option:

“So since I’m an annual passholder from NY can i get a refund for the days that you’re not allowing me to enter the park? Or a heavy discount on my resort stay? Like you’re basically asking me for a minimum 3 week vacation at your resort, 2 weeks quarantine and 1 week Disney…but still aren’t going to guarantee me access into the parks with that resort reservation…..”

A refund beyond what what Walt Disney World is already offering to annual passholders will probably only occur if Florida Executive Order 20-139 is extended.

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There may be an Annual Passholder extension.

When The Walt Disney Company temporarily closed all six of their global theme parks, they extended all annual passes for the duration of the closure. In the event that the state of Florida extends its self-isolation requirement for those traveling from Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York, there is a chance that an additional passholder extension could be granted.

This would likely only apply to WDW Guests from those three states.

Stay tuned to Inside the Magic for the latest news from Disney theme park executives regarding APs and Florida self-isolation amid the coronavirus pandemic.

What do you think Disney World should do for annual passholders from Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York if Governor DeSantis extends his Executive Order past July 7th?

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