Walt Disney World Coronavirus / COVID-19 Reopening Plans

Last updated 24 June 2020

Breaking: Walt Disney World has just announced their forthcoming reopening plans for the Resort Hotels, and sadly it’s not good news for Port Orleans fans. It was already known that the Fort Wilderness campground and the majority of the DVC Villas were due to open on 22 June, and now Animal Kingdom’s Jambo House Villas, Pop Century and the Contemporary Resort have been slated for 11 July to coincide with the theme parks’ re-opening. A number of other resorts now have staggered dates from then through to 14 October, but neither of the Port Orleans locations even have a date listed as yet, indicating that Disney do not expect to re-open them before Halloween at the very earliest. Guests with existing bookings who still wish to visit Walt Disney World should expect to be relocated to other Disney Resort hotels.

Update 24 June: Disney just released the WDW Resort hotel rates for 2021, and Port Orleans (along with the All Star Resorts, Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodge) do not have any availability listed for the entire year. Whether this means that Disney is just not releasing any booking availability until they have announced confirmed re-opening dates, or if they genuinely do not expect some or all of these resorts to reopen for perhaps another 12 months, is unclear at the moment.

The new park-entry reservation system opens online on the My Disney Experience website (not the app) at 7am EDT on 22 June for guests with existing hotel bookings as long as they also have valid park admission passes linked to their account. [Update: it broke, you may have to wait a while to get in] On 26 June Annual Passholders without hotel reservations will be able to book reservations, but there is a limit of three booked dates held at any one time. On 28 June off-site guests with any other ticket types will be able to make reservations. All of these bookings are subject to availability due to park capacities, and sadly we can expect a pre-reservation system to remain in place for the foreseeable future — perhaps until September 2021.

This website is somewhat different to the multitude of general Disney-related resources around the internet in that we focus specifically on matters relating to the two Port Orleans resort hotels and their guests. There are many other sites that cover the rest of Walt Disney World in minute detail and I don’t see the point in trying to duplicate all that information here.

However in these unprecedented times, as Walt Disney World tries to slowly extricate itself from its enforced closure since mid-March, I’ve collated some notes from official sources to help provide a brief summary of how the initial re-opening plans are progressing, and in particular how the resort experience may alter over the short to medium term. These plans are being tweaked and adjusted daily though, so please check back regularly.

The above is just a brief summary of the currently understood reopening plans, for more information please keep an eye on local blogging sites who are posting updates multiple times a day, such as WDW News Today, Kenny the Pirate, and of course the official Walt Disney World website and Resorts page.