Most Disney Vacation Club Resorts Set to Reopen from COVID-19

Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort and Disney's Vero Beach Resort will reopen on June 15, 2020. The Disney Vacation Club properties at Walt Disney World will follow on June 22.  

Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

Disney has announced reopening dates for thirteen of the fifteen DVC resorts. Hilton Head and Vero  Beach will be the first to resume operations with guests welcomed beginning on Monday, June 15. All DVC locations at Walt Disney World will follow a week later on Monday, June 22. 

The June reopening dates will result in a closure of about 3 months following their mid-March shutdown. 

In a statement posted to the Disney Parks Blog, Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks stated that guests can expect "physical distancing as well as enhanced cleaning measures, along with a number of other safety and cleanliness protocols" as the resorts reopen. 

Earlier today Disney announced plans to reopen Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom on July 11. Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot are expected to follow on July 15. This potentially leaves resort guests without access to the theme parks for a period of 19 days. Many shops and restaurants at Disney Springs have now reopened with capacity limits, distancing measures and mandatory face coverings. 

Due to limited capacity at the theme parks, Disney is temporarily "pausing" new ticket purchases and hotel reservations in order to focus on Disney Vacation Club owners and Annual Passholders. Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is expected to begin reopening on June 22, however no dates have been revealed for reopening of other non-DVC hotels.

DVC owners may continue to make and adjust reservations. 

A new procedure will require guests to secure an advance reservation in order to visit the Disney theme parks. Additional details on this process will be available soon. 

The Orange County Recovery Task Force has approved Disney's reopening plans. Local health department officials recently toured Disney property and approved measures they plan to implement. Orange County Major Jerry Demings and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis must also approve the plan. Neither the mayor nor the governor is expected to object.