Shannon Ford and Peter Scheidle are back to cover some of the latest news impacting DVC Members. Moonlight magic events were canceled for 2020. WDW Park Hours Shorten; however, the quarantines are lifted for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
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Travelers from New York area are no longer required to quarantine in Florida
New Yorkers traveling to Florida no longer will be required to quarantine when they arrive in the Sunshine State. Gov. Ron DeSantis quietly rescinded an executive order Wednesday that stipulated travelers from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut must isolate themselves for 14 days to limit the spread of COVID-19. The change could be beneficial to tattered tourism businesses that are trying to recover from the pandemic, particularly with the fall travel season approaches. But New York still restricts travelers from Florida, which means many New Yorkers who resettled here still face a predicament.
Moonlight Magic Events Cancelled Through 2020
“With the safety and well-being of our Members, Guests and Cast always top of mind, Disney Vacation Club continues to evaluate our upcoming slate of Membership Magic events and make necessary adjustments. Moonlight Magic events previously scheduled for April through the end of 2020 have been canceled. Thank you for your patience and kindness as we all navigate the challenges surrounding COVID-19.”https://disneyvacationclub.disney.go.com/discounts-perks-offers/member-events/moonlight-magic/
Disney World has delayed or indefinitely postponed reopening dates for several hotels
Walt Disney World began a phased reopening of resort hotels on June. 22, but has made it clear that all reopening plans are subject to change. Proposed reopening dates have now been pushed back or postponed indefinitely at a number of Walt Disney World Resort hotels. First reported by Scott Gustin and now confirmed on the Walt Disney World website, and Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and Disney’s Beach Club Resort reopening dates have been delayed indefinitely.
Meanwhile, the following resorts have had their reopening dates pushed back:
- Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort will now open on Oct. 4 (previously Aug. 12).
- Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will now open on Nov. 1 (previously Aug. 12)
- Note that while the BoardWalk Inn, Beach Club Resort, and Polynesian Village Resort reopening’s have been delayed, the Disney Vacation Club components of these resorts both reopened to guests on June 22.
- According to the Walt Disney World website, resort reopening dates are “subject to change and Guests’ reservations could still be modified to other Disney Resort hotels if needed.”
Disney Vacation Club is currently offering significant Developer Credits
Disney Vacation Club is currently offering significant Developer Credits on Riviera Resort and Aulani. However, the incentives don’t stop there. Incentives are also being offered on several sold-out resorts. They include, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Bay Lake Tower, Copper Creek, Old Key West & Saratoga Springs.
Walt Disney World Park Hours Reduced Effective September 8
Beginning September 8, 2020, the four parks at Walt Disney World will see operating reductions of 1-2 hours each. When the Disney parks reopened in July, each began operating under a standard daily 10-hour schedule. But as children return to school in the fall–virtual or otherwise–crowds are expected to decline further. As a result, parks will be open to guests fewer hours each day. Effective September 8, the daily schedule will be as follows:
- Magic Kingdom: 9 AM to 6 PM
- Disney's Animal Kingdom: 9 AM to 5 PM
- Disney's Hollywood Studios: 10 AM to 7 PM
- EPCOT: 11 AM to 7 PM
As of August 7th, Disney has once begun exercising their Right of First Refusal (ROTR) on Disney Vacation Club Resale Contracts. DVC Resale Market indicated a VGF and an SSR contract were bought back.
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