Walt Disney World Resort has just confirmed that its two water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, will remain closed for the time being. Disney has plans to reopen one of the two water parks in March 2021.
The Disney World website features the following information for Annual Passholders and single-day theme park ticket holders:
While Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park remain closed at this time, pending government approvals, we currently plan to reopen one of the two Disney water parks on March 7, 2021.
Like the other areas of Walt Disney World Resort, we will welcome back Guests and Cast Members to our water parks in a responsible way, with a plan focused on health and well-being. We will provide more details on our phased reopening plan, including a decision on the specific water park that will be reopening first, at a later time. This reopening date may change and if it does, we will let Guests know what to expect in a future update.
We realize that some Guests with existing tickets and some Annual Passholders are impacted by this update. We are offering options to Guests with an existing Premier Passport, Platinum Plus Pass, Water Parks Annual Pass, Water Parks After 2 Annual Pass or tickets that include the Park Hopper Plus Option or Water Park & Sports Option.
Ticket Add-Ons If you have a ticket that includes the Park Hopper Plus Option or Water Park & Sports Option, we are offering options including:
Ticket Modification: Tickets, as well as Disney Resort hotel packages with tickets, may be modified. To discuss your options, please call the Disney Reservation Center at (407) W-DISNEY or (407) 934-7639, or contact your travel professional. Ticket Cancellation: If you do not want to use your ticket, you also have the option of cancelling your ticket or package. To discuss your options, please call the Disney Reservation Center at (407) 566-4985, or contact your travel professional. Ticket Usage: You may use your current date-based ticket with the existing add-on options at other experiences available during your visit. At this time, Guests can purchase new tickets that include the Park Hopper Plus Option or Water Park & Sports Option for admission March 7 and later. We will resume sales of Water Parks Annual Passes and 1-Day Water Park Tickets at a later date.
Water Park Tickets We will automatically extend unused, unexpired 1-Day Disney Water Park tickets through December 31, 2021. As an alternative, Guests may instead choose to cancel their ticket. To choose this option, please call (407) 939-2732. If you are unable to visit by December 31, 2021, you may apply the value of a wholly unused ticket toward the purchase of a ticket for a future date.
Water Park Annual Passes Water Parks and Water Parks After 2 Annual Passes will be automatically extended for the period in which both water parks were closed. As an alternative, water park Passholders may instead choose to cancel their pass. To choose this option, please call (407) 939-2732.
Platinum Plus and Premier Annual Passholders We will automatically be issuing our Platinum Plus and Premier Annual Passholders with water park access a partial refund. Find out more information on how this refund is calculated.
We will continue to monitor the constantly changing environment and its impact on the state of Florida as we find the right time to welcome back even more of our Guests and Cast Members.
Prior to today’s announcement, The Walt Disney Company and Disney theme park officials had remained quiet about the state of Disney world’s two water parks, except to cancel After Hours events at Typhoon Lagoon.
Although the news of this extended Disney World water park closure is somewhat surprising, it is worth noting that the winter months are the slowest for these two theme parks. They are also the two most challenging Disney World parks in regard to the mandatory face mask rule.
It is likely that Disney is hoping to reassess the pandemic situation as Spring in Florida arrives, hence the proposed March 7 reopening date for either Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon (though Disney did not say which would reopen on that date).