Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin now fully closed due to coronavirus

Mar 25, 2020 in "Walt Disney World Swan Resort"

Posted: Wednesday March 25, 2020 11:50am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is now fully closed through March 31 2020 due to coronavirus impacts.


From last week, the resort was operating with the Dolphin wing closed, with all guests accommodated in the Swan wing. Dining was available at Il Mulino Trattoria and Java. But as of midday March 24, the entire resort closed.

Here is the latest info from the hotel:

In order to better serve our guests during the temporary closure of Walt Disney World Theme Parks and hotels, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin will close effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 12:00pm EST through March 31, 2020.

For guests with existing reservations for any future arrival date, including reservations with pre-paid rates that are typically more restrictive, we will allow full changes or cancellation without a charge up to 24 hours prior to arrival, as long as the change or cancellation is made by March 31, 2020. Please note that any changes to existing reservations will be subject to availability and any rate differences.

For guests making new reservations for any future arrival date, including reservations with pre-paid rates, from today until April 30, 2020, we will allow the reservation to be changed or cancelled at no charge up to 24 hours before your scheduled arrival date. Please note that changes to the reservation will be subject to availability and any rate differences.

Please note that this policy does NOT apply to travel associated with a group booking. Guests who booked via online travel agents or other third-party travel professionals are advised to contact their booking provider for information on their policies.

We will continue to make adjustments to our operations as appropriate and look forward to welcoming guests back as soon as it is advisable. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

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Chi8427 minutes ago

I ventured into a Macy's yesterday and overheard a woman say something like "Those vaccines don't work. Why do you think all you hear about is people getting COVID after being vaccinated." I just checked my local news this morning and found an article about the "shock" of getting COVID after being vaccinated - it gave numbers on how many people (tens of thousands) got sick in the two weeks after getting the second shot. If you read all the way to the end, it does say that the numbers were from a time when people were not considered fully vaccinated and that the vaccines become more effective over time. The media is doing all it can to create drama - I wish our leaders would start getting serious about clearing up the misperceptions they cause.

Kevin_W31 minutes ago

I'd guess CDC has a bit of lag in their data. Throughout the pandemic, their website has (sadly) been less useful than many others from university and news media.

ImperfectPixie43 minutes ago

Yes, they do. They haven't closed once because of positive cases (even when transmission was known to be in school), but there have been students and employees quarantined off and on all year.

CaptainAmerica56 minutes ago

Do they not have contact tracing? When our school district has a case, they identify close contacts and have them test and quarantine. They only had to close the schools for one day because a case came up late at night before they had time to complete the contact tracing, and they did remote learning for the week after Thanksgiving because of high community (non-school) spread. Other than that, they've been full time in person since September 1.

ImperfectPixie1 hour ago

The kids have been back in hybrid since September. My youngest is in a separate autism program, so he's been back in person the full 5 days a week, but there are only 6 kids in his class...and zero spread there. There HAVE been transmissions occurring during school in the high school grades even in hybrid.

CaptainAmerica1 hour ago

Why wouldn't Bloomberg match CDC?

GoofGoof1 hour ago

They are also the easiest group to vaccinate. Outside of kids who are home schooled they all have to go to the same location daily so just show up at the high schools or middle schools with the vaccines and you can bang out 20-30M extra doses administered with no effort. The FDA still needs to approve the amendment but that should happen really soon, hopefully before school ends for the year in places that end earlier.

ImperfectPixie1 hour ago

Neither. As Seabreeze said, it's a statewide mandate. I get that the kids in the city are suffering in a big way educationally, and even my son (who enjoyed the online days) was getting lax towards the end, but the data for our town shows that the teens are being the most irresponsible right now (not to mention the town threatening to close the skate park for the FOURTH time because the kids are just refusing to mask and distance). One of the big problems early in the pandemic were the comparisons to the flu and the fact that the numbers on the CDC website for flu deaths are literally estimations using a formula that is seriously out-dated, causing the estimates to be way overblown. (A well-credentialed doctor from Boston did some research about this issue and wrote about it.)

GoofGoof1 hour ago

Bloomberg’s chart is updated as of yesterday. The 7 day avg is still at 3M and hasn’t been below that since April 1. There has been a decline in the last week or so as the avg has dropped from 3.4 down to 3.0. https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/covid-vaccine-tracker-global-distribution/

Sirwalterraleigh1 hour ago

teens are the most wreckless segment of the population with socialization/mobility. They need to be taken care of ASAP. Children masquerading like adults.

Sirwalterraleigh1 hour ago

time will tell. If vaccinations and case numbers look good...they will push to ease some restrictions for the summer beach season (July 1)...if possible the shore towns drive about $4 billion in annual tax revenue in the state...that’s a very large chunk of municipal budgets and they won’t want to keep things tamped down if they can justify not doing so.

GoofGoof1 hour ago

The good news here is any day now the vaccines should be approved for kids 12-15 and so all teens will be able to be vaccinated. I think this is a big deal and will greatly help slow the current spread. I know when I bring up younger teens being vaccinated others here disagree and feel that teens are irrelevant in the vaccination effort, but we can agree to disagree on that. My kid’s district is doing the vaccines right at the High School during school hours. They are only doing 16+ now but plan to do a second round once the younger kids are approved. From what I’ve heard the acceptance rate is very high. It’s one instance where teenage group think works to benefit society.

DisneyFan321 hour ago

So nobody knows NJ will lift mask mandates and social distancing yet? What month they will lift mask mandate and social distancing?

sullivan.kscott1 hour ago

It only matters because the observation is simple on that chart published every day. The national picture the CDC publishes includes everyone with one or more shots and doesn’t really show the steady state of one dose only (at least on the main vaccine dashboard for mobile). Montana’s dashboard is horrific for diving into the woods and finding demographic data or the “dose gap” I’m referring to here. ND, and I’m sure others, fall somewhere in between. I like the ones that show not only 18+ and 65+, but break down decade age data as a percentage. So, of course one state doesn’t win until we all do. Our data is at the state and county level, and should be used to make decisions and “rally the troops.”