Cinderella Castle 50th Night
  • On Nov 17, 2022
    Christopher from MA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What would happen if one of us tested positive for COVID during our stay at a Disney World resort? My wife and I are both vaccinated, but what would we be required to do, and how would it affect our vacation plans and budget? Thanks!

    Hiya Christopher - welcome to planDisney!

    While operations at Walt Disney World Resort have largely returned to what many of us would consider "normal" there are still numerous health and safety protocols in place for both Guests and Cast Members. It's important to know that these policies and protocols can change at any time in response to changing conditions, and for this reason, it's always a good idea to visit the Know Before You Go page before, well ... you go, and to also keep an eye out for other communication from Walt Disney World Resort via email, phone, and the My Disney Experience Mobile App.

    Currently, if someone in your party experiences symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 during their vacation, they will be asked to isolate. I've not personally had this experience, though I do know that these situations are typically handled on a case-by-case basis by the Cast Members on the ground. If you are staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel, a positive COVID-19 diagnosis would likely require the impacted Guest to isolate in their room or move to and isolate in a separate room from the rest of their party. This would be facilitated by the Cast Members at the Resort, and may also impact close contacts.

    As I said, these situations are handled by Cast Members as they arise, and as everyone's situation is a bit different, how they are handled may vary a bit too. From what I've heard from Guests who have had these experiences, it sounds like Disney Cast Members do everything they can to go above and beyond helping these Guests, which may include assisting with altering or rebooking impacted plans, hopefully limiting any impact on your budget. Mickey and his pals want you to stay healthy, and they also want to see you again so you can experience parts of your vacation that were impacted! Stay positive, follow Cast Member instructions, and this unlikely scenario shouldn't be too difficult to handle.

    Christopher, I hope this helps set your mind at ease a bit about any upcoming vacation you might have. As I mentioned, while you can view the formal policy on the Know Before You Go page, Cast Members will assist you and your party to minimize the impact of these situations.

    I hope you visit soon - the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration is swirling pixie dust around the parks until March 31, 2023!

    Ryan J.
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Meet the Panelist: Ryan, Ohio

Hi, everyone! I’m Ryan from Ohio and am so happy that you’re here! By day (and most nights and weekends), I'm a business professor mentoring the next generation of leaders. In my free time I love outdoor activities and traveling with my family and friends, scarfing down ice cream, and, of course, all things Disney! I can’t wait to help your crew plan a magical Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Ryan

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