2021 Disney Resort Bookings Now Available

 

After months of anxiously waiting, we are beyond thrilled to announce that 2021 bookings are now available at Walt Disney World! With all of the parks opening up within the next week, we’re starting to see magic return to Orlando, and we can’t wait to get back to planning amazing experiences for our families again. With so much to look forward to, there has never been a better time than now to begin planning your family’s next trip to the most magical place on earth.

Availability at Walt Disney World Resorts in 2021

We’re happy to say that both resort packages and individual ticket packages have been released from January 1st, 2021 all the way through September 27th, 2021. The resorts opening for the initial booking period are listed below.

Some of Disney’s Villa properties, such as the Disney Vacation Club Properties, are only available 11 months in advance, but most are available to be booked through next September. There are a few resorts that have yet to announce their opening date, but as certified Disney Travel Agents, you can always check in with us for the latest updates. 

Many of our favorite off-property resorts are available for 2021 bookings as well, including the Four Seasons Orlando, the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, and the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes. When you book these resorts through Katie Bean Travels, you will receive our Virtuoso amenities at no extra cost, including room upgrades (subject to availability), free daily breakfast for two, early check-in/late check-out (subject to availability), resort credits, and more.

The Following Resorts are Available:

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort 
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge 
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge 
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House 
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village 
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort 
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas 
  • Disney’s Boardwalk Inn 
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas

  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort 
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort 
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort 
  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort 
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa 
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort 
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort 
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows 
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort 
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort 
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa 
  • Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts 
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
 

Park Reservations

With Disney’s new park reservation system, all guests will need both tickets AND a park reservation to enter the parks. As soon as your tickets are locked in, your friendly Disney Concierge at Katie Bean Travels will assist you with making sure you have the reservations you need. With the parks operating at limited capacity, it’s now more important than ever before to begin planning your trip as far in advance as possible, so don’t hesitate to reach out to your concierge today.

 

There’s no denying that the past few months have provided their fair share of challenges, but we’re so excited to be able to create magic for our families again. Once you’re ready to book your next vacation, please reach out to your concierge team at Katie Bean Travels, we can’t wait to start creating the next unforgettable experience for you and your family!  

2021 Bookings FAQ

Q: What changes will Disney be making to their resort packages?

A: Although park tickets and resorts are fully available, there are a few things that will be missing in 2021’s resort packages. The most notable of these is the Disney Dining Plan, which is currently unavailable for all bookings. 

Another change will be the lack of complimentary Magic Bands at the resorts. In the past, all guests staying at a Disney resort received a complimentary magic band with their stay – however, beginning in 2021, this will no longer be offered. Instead, guests will be able to use the Digital Key feature on the My Disney Experience app to access their rooms. Magic Bands will still be available for purchase, and pre-existing Magic Bands can be used as well. Guests who would prefer not to use their cellphones can request a complimentary “Keys to the Kingdom” card, which will function as their room key.

Q: When Will Disney Dining Plans return?

A: Disney has not yet announced a return date for their Dining Plan options, as social distancing requires a few changes to the way restaurant reservations are being handled. We are hoping to have more information regarding dining plans by the end of the summer.

Q: Will all of the amenities we normally expect at Disney resorts be available next year?

A: Each of the Disney resorts will be opening at reduced capacity, and there will be some new safety measures in place, such as enhanced cleaning standards, social distancing, and hand sanitizing stations placed throughout the resort. For the initial opening period, most resort restaurants, pools, and fitness centers will be open and available to guests, with the notable exception of Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts. Transportation to and from the parks will still be provided at reduced capacity. FastPass+ and Extra Magic Hours are not currently available. High-contact offerings such as group fitness classes, character experiences, and campfires will not initially be offered. 

Walt Disney World Resorts will also be offering more touch-free experiences than ever, including a new chat function on the My Disney Experience app that allows you to easily contact a cast member during your stay. We also encourage all families to use contactless forms of payment and take advantage of the online check-in offered on the app.

Q: How will resort dining experiences be affected?

A: During the initial opening period, character dining experiences will not be available, with the exception of Topolino’s Terrace located at Disney’s Riviera Resort for a modified character dining option. However, most restaurants will be open. Many resort restaurants will be offering mobile-ordering services. For more information about mobile ordering, please click here.

Q: Will I need to wear a mask at the resort?

A: As of right now, Disney is requiring the use of face coverings in all public spaces at the resorts, including around the pool, for all guests ages 2 and up. Exceptions will be made for those swimming in the pool and those eating or drinking.

Q: Will Club-Level Service be available?

A: Due to social distancing restrictions, club-level service is not currently at any of the Disney resorts. They have not yet announced when this restriction will be lifted.

Q: I purchased tickets in 2020 that I wasn’t able to use. Will I be able to use these tickets next year?

A: Definitely. If you already have park tickets, we can book your resort as a room-only reservation. All previous tickets purchased for 2020 have automatically been extended through September 26th, 2021.

Q: When will tickets and resort packages open up for the rest of 2020?

A: Disney has not yet released an update on when we’ll be able to book tickets and resort packages for the remainder of 2020. They will be announcing more information on this later this summer.

Q: Will Park Hopper Tickets be available for 2020 and 2021 resort packages?

A: One of the highlights of Disney’s recent announcement was the return of park hopper tickets in 2021, which are currently unavailable for 2020. Park hopping is one of our favorite ways to experience the parks, and we are beyond thrilled that Disney is bringing this back for next year. We are hoping park hopper tickets will be brought back later this year, but no date has been set at this time.

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