Disneyland Resort cancels hotel reservations through October 24

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer

Disney has begun sending emails to guests with hotel bookings though October 24 that their reservations have been canceled. This is just the latest in a series of postponements for the reopening of the three Disneyland Resort hotels, and comes a day after California governor Gavin Newsom said in a press conference, "We don’t anticipate in the immediate term any of these larger parks opening until we see more stability in terms of the data," and that his administration feels "there’s no hurry to put out guidelines" for the reopening of theme parks.

In this week's Disneyland Resort Update, we noted that the Disneyland Resort has also moved its earliest hotel reservation date back again, and is only accepting reservations starting on or after November 1, 2020, at the Grand Californian Hotel, Disneyland Hotel and Paradise Pier Hotel.

A notice on the Disney website states that the Disneyland Hotel is still undergoing refurbishment, although reservations are available. Prices start at $371 per night at the Paradise Pier Hotel, $499 at the Disneyland Hotel, and $657 at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel. However, we expect Disney will push those dates back again following this latest round of reservation cancellations.

Disneyland is opening reservations for hotel stays in November.  MousePlanet file photo.

Based on the way the Walt Disney World Resort handled phased reopening, our partners at Get Away Today still recommend that vacation planners hoping to visit Disneyland in 2020 or early 2021 make a hotel reservation before the resort announces a reopening date. When the Florida resort opened its new theme park reservation system, it gave customers with existing hotel reservations and tickets priority in selecting theme park dates.

Get Away Today tells us:

"While we still don't have an opening date for the Disneyland Resort, we imagine they will implement a similar reservations system. Once an opening date is announced, guests may not be able to book a new reservation or tickets for a period of time. Because of this, we are highly encouraging anyone who is interested in visiting the Disneyland Resort this year, to book as soon as possible.

We are recommending that our guests rebook for dates during two of our favorite times of the year: Halloween Time or Holidays at the Disneyland Resort. Additionally, if your readers are more comfortable traveling next year, we are accepting new reservations throughout 2021 as well."