Europe's largest tour operator cancels all Disney vacations because new COVID-19 regulations would 'significantly impact the experience'

Jun 26, 2020 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Friday June 26, 2020 11:20am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

TUI, Europe's largest tour operator, has today cancelled all vacations to Florida from the United Kingdom and Ireland until December.

In a statement TUI said, "The decision has been made following new health and safety measures implemented at Walt Disney World to ensure the safety of its guests. These changes would significantly impact the holiday experience for many TUI customers who plan their magical and often once in a lifetime Florida holiday.”

Further the company said that it, "commits to only operating holidays where it’s able to guarantee an enjoyable, relaxing and safe holiday without significant changes at their destination."

Customers are being offered options to delay their trip, receive a refund or changing their destination.

When the parks reopen, Disney will be requiring face masks, temperature screening, social distancing, and significantly reduced operating hours and entertainment.

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sullivan.kscott14 minutes ago

It’s a native dominant county (Blackfeet Nation). Limited population, but they’ve done 930 doses/1,000 total population as of Monday.

sullivan.kscott18 minutes ago

I’m interested to see how my state shakes out. Right now, the “blue” counties don’t have near the uptake of the “red” ones. And, as I’ve mentioned a few times in the past couple weeks, it’s Gallatin and Missoula Counties (Bozeman, Missoula as “big” cities) that have driven our recent plateau. They aren’t vaccinating as quickly as Yellowstone (Billings). We’ll see how it settles, though, as the aforementioned counties and cities are decidedly younger, and it wasn’t until recently that the majority of their populations were eligible. Luckily for our region as a whole, acceptance by the native populations has been remarkably high across all age brackets (16+ were eligible from day one). It’s why our early percentages were so high. ND has one of the better vaccine dashboards out here, and their younger populations are showing a pretty steady curve still for uptake, so I think they’ll at least still get there in the areas that matter (congregate oil/energy production housing, Fargo, Grand Forks)

mmascari1 hour ago

If I'm seeing it right, Montana has the most dots above the graph, with one way up in the state name. Either some county is doing stellar, or there’s a county so small that one clinic got everyone. Either way, good for the county that dot represents.

mmascari1 hour ago

It’s not all bad. Red Kansas looks good. The blue parts of Georgia look just as bad as the red parts.

DisneyCane1 hour ago

We shall see when all is said and done. Rural is certainly less likely to get vaccinated but not necessarily due to politics. It will be interesting to compare the final percentage of Vermont to Montana.

GoofGoof1 hour ago

That looks worse than I expected. I was hoping the polls were just wrong :(

mmascari1 hour ago

The Florida graph is interesting. There’s 1 red bubble way up top, high vaccine rate. All the blue, grey, and a bunch of red in the middle. Then a bunch of red down at the bottom. Without knowing which bubble is which, let’s just assume @DisneyCane is from that red bubble way up top.

DisneyCane1 hour ago

Polling has not been reflected in reality thus far. Acceptance rates in the Dakotas and Montana have been as high or higher than a lot of opposite side states. Thus far the lower acceptance is younger people. Unless there had been a major and unnoticed shift in thought in the last few months, that demographic tends to be in the supposedly vaccine accepting philosophy. As an aside, group #1 gets manipulated just as much as #2.

Sirwalterraleigh1 hour ago

that actually lines up with politics worse than I thought... And is both comical and infuriating

mmascari1 hour ago

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/04/17/us/vaccine-hesitancy-politics.html It’s not universal, but there’s a definite lean in many of the graphs. For instance, Mississippi looks the same for all. Nationally there’s a trend though.

Sirwalterraleigh1 hour ago

we can stopped when it’s not longer true... the polling data shows hesitancy to fall mostly in two categories: 1. communities with a long history of mistrust of public directives...with good reason in most cases 2. those with recent misguided political influence that is rarely accurate and always manipulative. You need to learn two valuable sayings: “it is what it is” and “work the problem” “Don’t shoot the messenger” works too

DisneyCane1 hour ago

I don't know if I'd call it a trickle in Palm Beach County. The Publix appointments still fill up pretty quickly. Maybe at DOH sites it has so it's good to publicize the "no wait" aspect.

DisneyCane2 hours ago

Can we please stop this narrative that the people of a certain political affiliation are ruining it for everybody? So far, no actual acceptance data shows a huge swath of one political "side" not getting vaccinated. This far, the lower percentage vaccinated are the younger age groups. In FL, 82% of 65-84 year olds have been vaccinated and it keeps creeping higher. There are plenty of the evil side in that age group and likely 90% will end up getting vaccinated. My circle of friends contains almost all from this side and all but one had gotten vaccinated pretty much as soon as they were eligible. The young tend more towards the other side and they are the ones that are leaving appointments unused. Part of it is indifference due to low personal risk and part is likely that they think it is hard to get an appointment so they don't try. Maybe they should just go to walk in everywhere like the flu shot. I'm sure part of it is the low risk combined with the side effects of shot #2. As I joked with my wife, I gave myself a fever so I don't get a cough. For somebody in their 20s or 30s they are probably more likely to feel bad from the vaccine then they are to catch COVID and feel worse.

GaBoy2 hours ago

Ahh. Saw the edit. And yes.