With more and more things reopening at the Walt Disney World Resort, many guests were left wondering what the fate of the water parks would be for the remainder of the year. Disney has now provided some guidance on when the water parks will be reopening.
Theme Park Closures
On March 17th, Disney World closed it’s gates for what was expected to be a two week timeframe. Those two weeks, quickly snowballed into 4 months as the novel coronavirus plowed through the nation.
Now that Walt Disney World has reopened to guests, there have been many new protocols in place to ensure the safety of guests and Cast Members.
At that time of it’s reopening, it was clearly not possible to safely open Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach water parks and Disney hasn’t provided any update on when we might seem them reopen, until now.
Water Park Reopening
Disney has now updated it’s Water Park Reopening Policies and according to the official Disney World website, Disney plans to reopen on of it’s water parks on March 7th, 2021!
While Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park remain closed at this time, pending government approvals, we currently plan to reopen one of the 2 Disney water parks on March 7, 2021.
If you would like to read an awesome comparison of Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Blizzard Beach water parks, check out Rebecca’s article HERE!
Important Information for Annual Passholders
With all of the changes happening at the Walt Disney World Resort, many Annual Passholders were left wondering what they should do with their pass now that many of the perks that made it worth while were removed.
For those guests who have decided to keep their Annual Pass active, Disney has issued a statement that they will be issuing a refund to all Platinum Plus and Premiere Passholders.
“Since Guests can’t visit the Water Parks right now, we will be automatically issuing Platinum Plus and Premier Annual Passholders with water park access a partial refund”
Platinum Plus Passholders:
If you are a Platinum Plus Passholder, this refund amount is based on the price difference between the price you paid for your Platinum Plus Pass and the price of a Platinum Annual Pass prorated by the number of days left on your pass prior to water park reopening, according to the details as to when partial refunds apply and how they are calculated.
If you are a Premier Passholder, you will receive a pro-rated refund based on the difference between a Walt Disney World Platinum Plus pass compared to the price of a Platinum pass prorated by the number of days left on your pass prior to Water Park reopening (excluding any additional extensions you may be eligible for due to the continued closure of Disneyland Resort) according to the details as to when partial refunds apply and how they are calculated.
Passholders on the Monthly Payment Program:
For those on the Annual Pass monthly payment program, please note you will receive a lump sum refund as noted above; however, your ongoing monthly payment will not change.
Refunds will be automatically processed for your pass(es). You do not need to take any additional action. Refunds to the original form of payment can be expected by late October through early November 2020. If the original form of payment is not available, you should expect a check by late November.
How Much Will I Be Refunded?
If you are a Platinum Plus or Premier Annual Passholder with a valid pass, here’s how your refund will be calculated:
The refund amount, if any, for each pass is unique and based on factors such as: new or renewal, refunds to date, and activation date.
If you are a Platinum Plus Passholder, this partial refund amount is based on the price you paid for your Platinum Plus pass compared to the price of a Platinum Annual Pass at the time of your purchase prorated by the number of days left on your pass from 7/11/2020 – 3/6/2021.
New Platinum Plus Passholders will receive $0.27 per day
Platinum Plus Passholders who renewed will receive $0.23 per day
- If you are a Premier Passholder, you will receive a pro-rated refund based on the difference between a Walt Disney World Platinum Plus pass with water park access, compared to the price of a Platinum pass, pro-rated by the number of days left on your pass from 7/11/2020 – 3/6/2021. (Excluding any additional extensions you may be eligible for due to to the continued closure of Disneyland Resort.)
- This partial refund will be automatically processed for your pass(es). You do not need to take any additional action.
- If you have further questions, concerns or unique circumstances, please contact V.I.PASSHOLDER Support for assistance. We appreciate your patience as we answer all inquiries.
We are so excited to see the light at the end of the tunnel for the water parks reopening. While everything is subject to government approval, we now have a date to look forward to!
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