It has been announced that Walt Disney World and Disneyland will remain closed until “further notice”. That leaves rescheduling on many people’s minds. This honestly makes me happy, since it shows that people are looking to the future and past the current crisis.
That automatically leads to the question, when is the best time to reschedule for? This is one of those questions that does not have an answer, because we are in unknown territory at the moment.
Currently you can make FastPass+ reservations at Walt Disney World starting on April 10. That does not mean anything. Orange and Osceola Counties (Walt Disney World is in both) have stay-at-home orders in effect until April 9 at 11:00pm. I have seen people (not here) base their rescheduling on that date. Don’t do it, Walt Disney World will not be open by April 10.
If I were rescheduling a Walt Disney World vacation right now, I would not consider anything earlier than this coming fall. Even if Walt Disney World does open before that, it will take a while for operations to return to some semblance of normal. There will be growing pains. I wouldn’t want to spend all that money on a vacation when many things might not yet be up and running.
When thinking about rescheduling, ask yourself what your trip is supposed to be all about. If there is a special date such as a birthday or anniversary that you want to celebrate at Walt Disney World, then go ahead and take a chance. If there is an event going that hasn’t been canceled for the dates that you’re looking at, consider it. I’m still hoping that I’ll be able to go to Anaheim in August for Star Wars Celebration, which would include a stop at Disneyland. I haven’t canceled or rescheduled yet.
Risk takers might want to try for earlier dates. There is nothing wrong with that. Just be prepared to have to reschedule again.
If you have to reschedule, consider booking for a time that you haven’t visited before. If you had to cancel your Spring vacation, think about visiting during the holidays. If you usually come for the Flower & Garden Festival, consider the incredible Festival of the Arts instead. This could be the perfect excuse to shake up your vacation routine.
Remember that anything that you hear at this point is just a guess. I have heard that things will be up and running again in anywhere from a few weeks to 18 months. We just don’t know. The one thing that we do know in all of this is that we need to be careful, and to listen to the guidelines that we’ve been given. Playing it safe is the best way to end this crisis. Only then will the Disney Parks across the planet be operational again.