Disney World reopens some of its hotels after the corona virus closes

Disney's Riviera Resort is one of several hotels that have reopened at Disney World. (File))

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Walt Disney World reopened some of its resort hotels Monday after they closed in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts such as Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, Disney’s Riviera Resort and the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort welcomed guests for the first time in three months.

Guests will notice several changes in the resorts, including new health and safety measures because of the ongoing pandemic. Hotel guests aged 2 years and older are required to wear face masks in public areas of the hotel, except during swimming or dining.

Whenever possible, guests are encouraged to use the online check-in system to reduce contact. Disney will also introduce new cleaning procedures in the rooms.

Some facilities are also not available during the first reopening.

Disney World has also set reopening dates for its other resort hotels, but warned that the dates could change “due to the fluidity of the current environment.”

The schedule is as follows:

  • July 10 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas-Jambo House, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • July 29 – Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • August 12 – Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • August 24 – Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
  • September 21 – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • October 1 – Disney’s BoardWalk Resort
  • October 14 – Disney’s Coronado Springs Resorts

Disney World’s theme parks will open to the public again next month. Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom will reopen on July 11, followed by Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15.

Visitors must make a reservation to visit the parks. The new reservation system launched on Monday.