Disney releases new statement on 'Planning Your Disney Parks Vacation'

May 22, 2020 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Friday May 22, 2020 1:02p mET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has today released an update from Guest Relations at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort with regards to planning a Disney Parks vacation.

Specifically, the post reiterates that timings for reopening may shift despite accepting bookings for July.

Here is the full post:

Dear Guests,

It’s an understatement to say that the past few months have been a challenging time for us all. As we navigate the longest park closures in our histories, we’ve loved hearing your kind words of hope and seeing how you’ve made your own Disney memories at home has uplifted and inspired us all.

During this time, we know it can be difficult to plan your Disney vacation. Now more than ever we’re longing for the opportunity to come together with family and friends to escape, to celebrate, to re-do missed milestones, like birthdays and anniversaries and to make new Disney memories.

Given the current uncertainty as to when we will reopen Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort, we’ve had to periodically adjust the schedule for the ability to book hotel reservations at our resorts. While we’re currently accepting reservations starting in July 2020 at both resorts, as this situation evolves, timing may continue to shift.

As we continue to follow guidance from government and health care officials regarding how we’ll be able to reopen our parks and resorts in a responsible way, we may also need to make real-time adjustments to booked experiences, park tickets and park passes.

Please know that if any reservations you may have made need to change, we will work with you to make the necessary modifications.

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to check out the recent blog post from our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Pamela Hymel, on how we’re planning for re-opening our parks and resorts.

Our focus remains on the safety of the entire Disney community. Be sure to keep checking our websites for more details, and stay tuned for more information right here on the Disney Parks Blog.

We appreciate your understanding and patience as we navigate this unprecedented time together. We continue to be moved by the incredible support and passion our guests have shown for our Disney family, and we hope to see you real soon.

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StarWarsGirlLess than a minute ago

It is kind of a pain with the testing requirement. I'm going to a concert on Friday. There's a vaccine/test requirement. I have to get the test at a lab before the show (because they won't accept the Binax Now ones) and finding one that I can schedule with has been a pain. I think I'm probably just going to go to Urgent Care to get it and then take the Binax Now one anyway so I have both. They do have testing at the show. I can see why this would be a major issue for Disney, especially with the number of kids attending (kids under 12 must also have a negative test for this concert) As a sidenote, yes, I have gotten the shot. I got the first shot a few weeks ago and won't have my second shot until Saturday, so not quite enough time to be considered "fully vaccinated". Unfortunately, I only qualified for Moderna because of medical reasons.

Lilofan3 minutes ago

The new CEO Chapek is also sometimes referred to as "Cheapek".

mmascari9 minutes ago

There's a lot of leeway ground being covered by "just as easily". The vaccinated is significantly less likely to be infected to begin with. But, if we ignore this and only talk about those who breakthrough. The vaccinated is going to be contagious for significantly less time. But, if we ignore this and only talk about during that shorter time. The vaccinated is going to have a smaller viral load. But, if we ignore this and only talk about the most infections vaccinated timeframe. So, it's just as easy for the vaccinated to spread only in the significantly smaller window and for way less people. Still, it's correct that especially in areas of high transmission, the vaccinated should be taking the same precautions. That guy should have been wearing a mask. Since, even "less likely" and "less time" doesn't help much when the raw number it is less of is so large that the lower number is also a large value in the absolute.

StarWarsGirl9 minutes ago

Same especially since kids can't get vaccinated right now and there's more than a few in WDW. This would also make sense given that the 5-11 approval for Pfizer appears imminent; gives even more people a chance to get the shot.

DisneyCane11 minutes ago

I doubt they would want to spend the money to deal with a vaccinated or negative test to enter rule unless it was government mandated. Easier to just keep the indoor mask requirements which people seem to be dealing with ok.

mmascari16 minutes ago

In fact, they were explicitly directed to not consider other countries while evaluation the question. To the point that they were told they would effectively be stopped and their mic turned off if they directed the discussion to include vaccinating other countries instead of just looking at the question being discussed about general approval for everyone for a third shot of Pfizer. People forget about the open comment period, but it's part of the process, just like at a school board meeting. And, just like at a school board meeting, anyone can sign up and get their 3 minutes to say just about whatever they want to say. Even if they show up and just spout conspiracy theories for their entire 3 minutes, they'll get to speak for that time. It's kind of wild. Now, what was truly wild and novel, was the second question. The meeting discussed all the options, and then they voted on the question at hand, "general full approval of a third dose for everyone". Not just EUA, but the full deal general approval. That's why it got the "no" vote, it was too big, not enough data, and not clearly "better" for that population. Then came the wild part. They took a 15 minute recess and the FDA sort of said "hang out and we're going to go write a brand new question on the fly and have you vote on that one too". That's where the question about high risk people and occupations came from, and I think only for EUA too. Meaning the second vote was a recommendation to approve an EUA for a third dose of Pfizer to high risk people or people in high risk environments. That passed easily. Being both EUA, not full, and targeted at higher risk meant that a lot less data was needed for the risk/reward math. It'll be interesting to see what the FDA decides to do with the two recommendation votes and what the CDC decides in it's own meetings too. It's probably a super safe bet that they follow the second question. The first, they could follow too or they could decide to just ignore it, but I doubt it at least for now until there's more data.

GoofGoof53 minutes ago

I saw that fully vaccinated EU and UK visitors will be allowed back to the US in November too. Edit: I think this is just a rumor right now, but reports are the White House may issue the new travel rules as early as today and it will include allowing international travelers who are fully vaccinated back into the United States.

GoofGoof54 minutes ago

If I had to guess I’d say they may be targeting January when the crowds die down and the deadlines for all CMs to be vaccinated has expired. One thing to keep an eye on is CA. If DLR implements a fully vaccinated or negative test rule it could be considered in FL too. Could be. I think polling is moving that way and if public sentiment continues to evolve it may happen at some point.

Lilofan54 minutes ago

Florida takes high rankings nationally again besides tourism. Miami International Airport is #1 in the nation in terms of highest numbers of TSA employees ( 500 TSA ) testing positive for Covid. Tampa ( 370 TSA ) is #4 , and Orlando International ( MCO) is #5 reported by Orlando WESH news. It is not reported how many MCO TSA #s.

Disstevefan11 hour ago

Draw crowds back. That’s a good one. Masks or no masks, the crowds will be there.

disneygeek901 hour ago

I'm personally fine with them riding it out a bit longer. We saw what happened last time everyone threw the masks off the second the numbers were even remotely acceptable. Of course, if vaccination was required to enter, I'd be more than happy to have masks optional.

GoofGoof1 hour ago

Not sure they need any help drawing crowds back. Hotel rooms are hard to come by and/or expensive for the Fall into Winter starting 10/1. I think Disney would probably prefer to loosen some additional Covid restrictions but they have been conservative all along and I wouldn’t expect that to change now. I could see them bringing back character meet and greets once they can definitively state that all CMs are vaccinated, but that’s a few months out still. Maybe by Christmas. The fact that they are expecting larger crowds for the 50th into the busy holiday season may result in keeping indoor masks a little longer.

Heelz23151 hour ago

^^The question will be if/when it drops back that low what will Disney do? I would think to help draw the crowds back in sell the fact things have improved and are safe to come. Hopefully the indoor masks (seeing they're the only theme park that requires them) will be removed.

GoofGoof1 hour ago

I did see a TV interview where they confirmed there were no recorded cases of myocarditis. As @Heppenheimer said, small sample size but still good news.