Disney has become the latest tourism brand to waive change fees in response to the coronavirus. You may already know by now that Disney announced that it will be temporarily closing its parks from March 16 until the end of the month. In addition, the Walt Disney Travel Company will be adjusting its policy for change fees for all customers who have booked Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort vacations. The waiver only applies to bookings made directly through the Walt Disney Travel Company. Guests are now free to move their reservations to any future dates in 2020 without incurring the $50 change fee that usually applies. No end date has been given for the waiver period just yet.
Guests who have booked vacation plans that are eligible for the waiver will lose the waiver if they cancel their vacation plans. The waiver only applies for rebookings. Disney has also updated its policy for customers who have purchased travel insurance. Guests are currently permitted to modify their arrival dates without losing coverage up to 24 hours before a planned arrival. Disney has stated that it will keep this policy in place until further notice is given. We also know that all Disney Resort hotel reservations can be changed or cancelled up through June 30 without any penalties.
Disney is also extending all Walt Disney World Annual Passes by the number of days the park is closed. Passes with renewal dates that fall within the closure window will also receive renewal extensions. Pass accounts will be updated to reflect the changes in the coming weeks. You can stay updated on Disney's response to the coronavirus on the official Disney updates page.