While the world was seemingly put on hold over the past few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some hospitality companies are starting to welcome guests again. Whether it be timeshare resorts, restaurants or retail stores, the entertainment section of our lives definitely took a hit. However, the United States is lifting restrictions on a state-by-state basis, and some states on a county-by-county basis. Below is the latest updates regarding timeshare resorts and travel.
Disney Parks Reopening
In late May, Disney shared its plans to reopen parks and resorts across the United States. Fortunate for eager travelers, Shanghai Disney and Disney Springs reopened on May 20.
Undoubtedly, these two openings have paved the way for many other theme parks across the globe with regards to how they will go about reopening.
It is expected that the Walt Disney World resort hotels will reopen June 22 with Walt Disney World parks reopening beginning July 11. When the parks reopen, guests who are three years of age and up will be required to wear masks as well as have their temperature checked prior to entering the park. It is expected that guidelines similar to this will be implemented at other venues across the United States.
Disney released this statement regarding ticket sales: “At this time, we are temporarily pausing new ticket sales and Disney Resort hotel reservations… Existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders will be able to make reservation requests in phases before new tickets are sold; we’ll be reaching out to these guests soon to provide additional details.”
Disney Vacation Club Reopening
On June 10, 2020, Disney shared its further intentions to promote a safe environment for all guests when they return to the resort hotels. Traveling amidst the COVID-19 pandemic has been a hotly debated topic, but many resorts are confident with their plans to get back to normalcy.
Disney is going to promote online check-ins when available as well as clean every guests room every other day. In their blog, they detailed that DVC members will receive the same cleaning procedures as pre-COVID-19.
Disney Vacation Club shared a blog and infographic detailing their plans to keep things sanitized as groups of guests return. Many members are looking forward to getting their vacation plans back in order, as many have been auto-canceled since the pandemic began. Speculation has risen among guests in regard to which types of vacations are being canceled first.
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Hilton Grand Vacations Club Reopenings
Similar policies and regulations are being implemented at Hilton Grand Vacation Club resorts. All employees are required to wear masks. Additionally, signs are posted around the pools decks and entrances asking guests to keep a six-foot distance to maintain social distancing guidelines. Not to mention, cancellations are being made daily to make sure the resorts are not overwhelmed with guests at any given time.
- Hilton Grand Vacations at SeaWorld
- Las Palmeras, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club
- Parc Soleil by Hilton Grand Vacations Club
- Hilton Grand Vacations Club at the Flamingo
- HGVC International Drive Resort
It’s important to note that any reservations made through a third-party or vacation exchange company will need to contact the original booking provider. Any reservations made through June 30 will receive a full refund of Points and Open Season fees for cancellations. Resorts in the United States have been reopened in states like Florida and South Carolina, but be mindful that some amenities may still be closed. This includes restaurants, pools and gyms.
Wyndham Destintations Updates
Wyndham Destinations resorts have also started reopening. The company is creating new guidelines for safety. These guidelines are designed to keep both guests and employees safe. Additionally, resorts are contacting guests about reservation cancellations via email. If you have a reservation, Wyndham will contact you regarding its status.
According to the company, it is upholding a flexible cancellation policy until June 30th, 2020. Any parties who have a confirmed arrival before that date will have 24 hours to cancel for a full refund. On its website, Wyndham announced that owner reservations will be given priority over all other reservation types for the time being.
Here is a list of a few Wyndham resorts that are open now:
- Wyndham Bonnet Creek
- Club Wyndham Beach Street Cottages
- Club Wyndham Majestic Sun
- Wyndham Orlando International
The company is keeping an updated list of resorts and when they will open. By monitoring the localities of resorts, Wyndham is deciding which ones are safe to open and when. California and Hawaii resorts have not yet announced any reopening plans yet. Currently, Hawaii is requiring any persons entering the states to self-quarantine for 14 days. This policy remains in effect until June 30, 2020.
Marriott Vacation Club
At this time, all of Marriott’s Orlando resorts are open with limited amenities and availability. Marriott Vacation Club members are returning to a “Next Level Of Clean” experience. This means the resorts are taking extra care in cleaning the rooms and amenities for the safety of everyone.
Additionally, reservations more than 60 days out can be canceled without penalty. Members will receive a full refund on their points in these cases. What’s more, Marriott weeks owners will receive an Interval International week deposit in their account for future use, with a reduced exchange rate of $99.
Marriott Resorts Open Now
- Marriott’s Lakeshore Reserve
- MVC Oceana Palms
- Marriott Crystal Shores Marco Island
- MVC Grande Vista
- Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club
- Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club
- Ocean Pointe by Marriott Vacation Club
Holiday Inn Club Vacations
With guest safety top of mind, Holiday Inn Club Vacations resorts will begin reopening June 15. However, due to the changing nature of COVID-19, this date could be moved. Many of the guest favorite resorts are open, including Orange Lake and the Desert Club in Vegas.
More intense cleaning measures are being added to every resort. This includes hand sanitizing stations, social distancing guidelines in high-traffic areas and frequent room cleanings. Not to mention, the resort is even implementing new door seals when you arrive so you can have peace of mind your room has been cleaned for you.
Considering Selling Your Timeshare?
During these unprecedented times, you may be thinking differently about timeshare. If you are ready to sell your ownership, we can help. If you are experiencing financial difficulty regarding your maintenance fees, you may be able to join our TOGO program. This one-of-a-kind program offers timeshare owners cash to help cover the cost of maintenance fees.
To get started, contact us at [email protected] or call 877-883-2214. Additionally, as we look forward to the future, you can search for timeshare rentals and timeshare resales: book now and travel later. Learn more about how to buy a timeshare with us.
At Timeshares Only, we’ve been helping people post their timeshares for sale for over 20 years. Not to mention, we are members of ARDA and put our work into providing reputable timeshare services you can count on. To read our statement regarding COVID-19, click here.