The Walt Disney World Resort has officially delayed the reopening of some of its most popular resorts. Four of these resort hotels will not reopen until after this summer is over.
There appears to be a connection to this delay and Disney’s decision to give its Annual Passholders more and more park passes for the rest of July, August, and September, especially after Disney made it clear that they have not increased the capacity levels of any park.
The resort hotels reopening include the following:
- July 29: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
- Aug. 24: Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
- Sept. 21: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Oct. 4: Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- Oct. 14: Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
- Nov. 1: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Both the Polynesian and Art of Animation resorts were originally scheduled to reopen on August 12. Disney’s Yacht Club is also not reopening until the end of August.
Disney’s Beach Club Resort was supposed to reopen with Disney’s Yacht Club, and Disney’s BoardWalk Inn was originally supposed to reopen on October 1. However, they both appear to have been removed from the schedule.
While the exact cause of the delays remains unknown, this opens up park pass availability to a more accessible audience. No longer needing to save Disney Park Passes for Disney Resort Guests that would have been staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village or Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney can now offer its Annual Passholders more chances to visit their favorite theme parks.
As of the writing of this article, only the weekend of August 8 sits completely booked up, and multiple parks remain available for every other day in August and September except for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. EPCOT is also the only park available on the weekend of August 1st.
Extra park passes are just the latest way Walt Disney World has attempted to provide extra magic to its Annual Passholders. The mega-resort recently increased the discount to give Annual Passholders up to 30% off merchandise throughout the property. Annual Passholders also had their passes extended for an additional month.
If you are still looking to make the most out of your Annual Pass and are looking to book your next trip to Walt Disney World, our friends at Academy Travel are standing by to help. Academy’s agents know what it takes to help you take the biggest possible advantage of your Passholder status and organize the most magical trip possible.