Posted on November 10, 2020
Disney Vacation Club has announced that its last remaining closed timeshare resort, Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, will begin a phased reopening on December 6. Grand Californian will only reopen to DVC members, as the resort will remain closed to hotel guests for the foreseeable future.
The move comes as Disney Vacation Club executives have been grappling with the fallout of the COVID restrictions instituted by the state of California. These restrictions have kept the resort closed since mid-March due to the COVID pandemic. The Disneyland theme park, Disney California Adventure Park and Disney hotels related to the parks will remain closed pending approval from local and state government officials.
Restaurants and other amenities at the Grand Californian will be modified or unavailable, with details relating to COVID protocols to be released as the reopening date gets closer. More information regarding the announcement can be seen by clicking here.
The Grand Californian reopening announcement comes after the successful November 1 reopening of the Aulani Resort on Oahu, following the relaxing of COVID quarantine restrictions by the state of Hawaii.
Disney officials have not yet released the rationale behind this latest decision to reopen. The obvious speculation centers on the approaching holiday season and the unique structure of Disney’s membership-based platform to allow the reopening, which would differ from standard hotels.
However, the timing is curious considering that Disney has also announced that DVC annual fees are set to increase an average of five percent in 2021. Dues for Grand Californian owners will go up about 6 percent next year, with the largest increase hitting Disney Vero Beach owners at over 10 percent.
It certainly wouldn’t be a good look for Disney to announce a rate hike at the same time one of their marquee timeshare resorts is closed. At least now DVC can say that all of their resorts are either open or plan to be open by the time 2021 rolls around. And those annual fees are due. More details on the individual resorts and their expected fee increases can be seen here.