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I know we’re not the only ones in this position. We have (or rather had) a summer planned with several vacations and short trips. Now that I have a kid in high school, we’re no longer traveling during the school year. So, we try to cram in as much travel as possible in the summer.
Our first big trip was to be at the end of May to Disney World and Universal in Florida. We were going to leave the day after school let out and be there on my son’s Sweet 16 birthday. Unfortunately, we are
canceling postponing this trip.
With the way things are now, I just don’t see Disney World or Universal up and running by the end of May. Disney cast members in the U.S. are furloughed. The Disney parks in Asia are still closed. If the U.S. parks do open in May, I believe they will be open with serious limitations (like reduced park capacities, modified character experiences and changes to ride queues).
Why Not Wait to Make this Decision?
Many people are waiting until the last minute to postpone or cancel a trip to get a better feel for the situation as it gets closer. In most cases, that is a good idea.
However, our situation was unique because we rented DVC points for our stay. Our contract clearly stated that our money was nonrefundable no matter the reason. Thankfully, the DVC owner was willing to work with us under these unusual circumstances. She was willing to move our reservation to another date later this year or bank our points to use next year.
The only date we were willing to switch to later this year was Thanksgiving week. And, we really weren’t thrilled about that week due to high crowds. Many people had already postponed and rescheduled for Thanksgiving week, so our resort options were very limited.
We decided to postpone until 2021. Due to DVC banking rules, we had to bank the points by the end of March in order to be able to use them in 2021. So, we made the decision last week to pull the plug and reschedule.
Canceling All the Pieces
Lodging: Thankfully, we’re not out any money for our DVC date change. Our points are banked until we make a reservation for 2021 11 months in advance. I had also reserved a room at Loews Royal Pacific Resort, and the refund has already hit my credit card.
Park Tickets: We already purchased Disney park tickets. We should be able to retain the value of those tickets to use next year and pay the extra difference for the price of next year’s tickets. We had not yet purchased Universal park tickets.
Flights: For our flights to Florida, we used BA Avios for AA metal for 4 of us and AA miles for the 5th ticket. I need to call British Airways, but we will be able to cancel and get our miles back for those 4 tickets. Our only loss will be the $5.60 in taxes per ticket. We will also call AA to get the miles redeposited (hopefully without a fee, as some folks have reported). For our return flight, I paid cash for tickets on Spirit. Our flight home was canceled, so I have already requested a refund (not a flight voucher, since I’m not sure Spirit will survive).
Disney Dining: Six months before our trip, I made many Disney dining reservations for our trip. I canceled them all without penalty.
Canceling all of these things was not nearly as fun as booking. Womp, womp, sad trombone.
The Silver Lining
The silver lining to postponing this trip is that there will (hopefully) be even more new things open by the time we go. The new Space 220 restaurant should be up and running, as well as the new Ratatouille ride.
Plus, the entire trip is almost entirely already paid for with the lodging, park tickets and miles refunds. Woohoo.
I haven’t told my younger kids yet about this vacation postponement. They will be devastated. But, they will be ok. We all will.
Have you canceled or postponed any upcoming trips yet?
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.