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Disney has been weathering some criticism recently for their handling of the theme park and resort closures due to COVID-19 in the United States. From refusing to suspend annual pass payments to only guaranteeing Cast Members pay through April 18th (despite the shutdown now lasting "indefinitely"), many have criticized how Disney has responded to this unprecedented situation. And though we don't have any updates about the above situations, Disney has announced a new bonus offer for guests whose vacations were impacted by the closure, a new policy is enacted for DVC Members, plus Disney has quietly stopped taking reservations for several months...

1. No reservations available for resorts or dining from now until June 1

Though Disney has said that their parks in the United States will remain closed “until further notice” they have also announced that they will only begin accepting reservations for dining and resorts for travel dates starting June 1 and later. Of course, they have added a caveat that if an earlier resort opening occurs, they will begin accepting earlier reservations, but with this recent update it looks like Disney is preparing for a VERY long closure.

2. Free dining deal offered for guests who re-book impacted vacations

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Guests who booked a vacation package or room reservation to stay at a Disney Resort hotel from March 16 through May 31, 2020 are now being offered a new deal that includes complementary free dining when they re-book their vacation. This offer not valid for reservations cancelled before March 1, 2020, and cannot be combined with other deals.  

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