COVID-19 Timeshare Resort Opening Updates
Information Updated May 27, 2020
As more areas reopen businesses and the resort industry emerges from the darkness of the COVID-19 pandemic, good news continues to filter in about timeshare resorts and destinations as the U.S. heads into the summer.
If the beach turnouts from the Memorial Day weekend are any indication, people are ready for a vacation. Numerous media reports showed images of crowded beaches in places such as Ocean City, MD and swimming areas in Osage Beach, MO. June 1 has been targeted for reopening for destinations such as the Florida Keys and the U.S. Virgin Islands among other places. Even Hawaii is looking ahead for an early June reopening for businesses it deems "medium-risk", although the 14-day quarantine period for in-bound tourists has been extended through at least the end of June.
Meanwhile, there is great news for the central Florida area as the theme parks are opening back up. LEGOLAND Florida is the first to reopen its doors starting June 1, while Universal Studios has been given the green light to reopen all of its three parks beginning June 5. SeaWorld has requested a June 11 start date from local and state leaders. Disney has offered to open beginning July 11, also subject to state and local government approval. Social distancing will be the norm, with temperature checks and face masks required and some benefits, such as character interaction with visitors at Disney, off-limits for now.
More timeshare brands are releasing details of their plans to increase cleaning and hygiene efforts in their resorts as they countdown to reopening. Diamond Resorts recently announced its Diamond Standard of Clean program following announcements from brands such as Bluegreen Vacations, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Wyndham and Hilton Grand Vacations. Even Breckenridge Grand Vacations was highlighted in the Denver-area news due to its use of UV light to disinfect timeshare units.
Opening dates for the leading timeshare resort brands continue to remain fluid, but below are the latest dates based on information available from corporate offices.
Timeshare Resort Status Updates
- Bluegreen Vacations – a majority of Bluegreen club timeshare resorts are now open, with most of the remaining closed resorts due to reopen by this weekend. Exceptions are Hotel Blake (renovations), The Suites at Hershey (June 4), Mountain Run at Boyne (June 11), The Club at Big Bear Village (June 14), The Innsbruck Aspen (June 15), and The Soundings Seaside Resort (August 1). Still no official word on South Mountain Resort. Most club associate resorts are open with Petit Crest Villas at Big Canoe due to open tomorrow. The vast majority will be open by June. Specifics can be found at https://www.bluegreenowner.com/featured/travel-advisory-resort-status.
- Capital Vacations – Capital has a list of its closed resorts available on its COVID-19 preparedness page at https://www.capitalvacations.com/covid.php. Beyond that it is referring members and owners to the local municipalities in which their resorts are located for updated restriction information. Resorts not listed are presumed open.
- Club Wyndham - Wyndham continues the phased reopening of its resorts, with most resorts in Florida and all South Carolina resorts now open. Many more resorts in Missouri, Nevada, Tennessee and Texas are due to open on June 1. For more information regarding resort reopening status, please visit https://clubwyndham.wyndhamdestinations.com/us/en/covid-19-information/list-of-impacted-resorts.
- Diamond Resorts – Diamond has changed the reporting of its resorts to now only report the status of its currently closed resorts with estimated reopening dates. Resorts not listed at https://www.diamondresorts.com/covid-19-update are presumed open. A handful of resorts in California, North Carolina and Mexico are due to reopen by this weekend. The remainder of its U.S.-based resorts that are still closed are scheduled to open by the end of June.
- Disney Vacation Club – Great news for Disney fans as DVC has announced the phased reopening of Disney timeshare resorts beginning with its Vero Beach and Hilton Head Island resorts on June 15. All Disney timeshare resorts at Walt Disney World are scheduled for a June 22 opening. Company executives have requested a reopening date for Disney World theme parks beginning July 11, and that date is subject to state and local government approval. Go to https://disneyvacationclub.disney.go.com/ for more info.
- Hilton Grand Vacations – Most Hilton timeshare resorts in Florida and South Carolina are now open, with the remaining Florida and South Carolina resorts and all Nevada resorts due to reopen by at least June 11. Notable closures continue to be Hawaii and New York City resorts. Details can be seen at https://www.hiltongrandvacations.com/en/travel-alert.
- Holiday Inn Club Vacations – Smoky Mountain Resort in Gatlinburg and South Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach are now open. Orange Lake Resort in Orlando and Cape Canaveral Beach Resort are scheduled to open tomorrow. Following these resorts, the next date marker is June 4 for Galveston Beach Resort, Galveston Seaside Resort and Hill Country Resort – all in Texas. See more resort info at https://holidayinnclub.com/safe-travels/resort-updates.
- Marriott Vacation Club – All Marriott timeshare resorts in Florida are open, with the exception of Marriott Vacation Club Pulse South Beach, and all South Carolina resorts are open. Many more MVC resorts are looking to June 1 to open. Find out more at https://hub.vacationclub.com/resort-updates/.
- Vistana Signature Experiences – Sheraton timeshare resorts are open with the exception of Sheraton Mountain Vista and Sheraton Lakeside Terrace Villas at Mountain Vista which are due to open this weekend. In addition, Sheraton Steamboat Resort Villas is due to reopen June 1. All U.S.-based and Mexico-based Westin timeshare resorts are due to reopen by Monday. Keep in mind that Westin Hawaii resorts are currently open only for Owner and Exchanger arrivals and still subject to the 14-day quarantine restriction for arrivals into Hawaii.
- Westgate Resorts – June appears to be the time when the majority of Westgate timeshare resorts will be back in operation. Aside from a handful of Florida resorts and a couple in Arizona and Tennessee, most are still closed. More specifics for individual resorts can be seen at https://www.westgateresorts.com/coronavirus-travel-advisory/.
- WorldMark – All WorldMark timeshare resorts are open in South Carolina and Florida, with the exception of Fort Lauderdale resorts. Select resorts in Idaho, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas are due to open by Monday. More information is at https://www.worldmarktheclub.com/news/covid19_impacted_resorts.shtml.
Information Updated May 20, 2020
State and local governments continue to allow businesses to reopen during the month of May, with an estimated 48 states announcing the lifting of certain restrictions relative to their specific jurisdictions. This is obviously good news for timeshare resorts across the country, as the Florida Keys are the latest to announce the reopening of businesses with this famed stretch of islands opening beginning June 1. This comes on the heels of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware announcing restricted beach access in parts of their respective states beginning Memorial Day weekend. Meanwhile, water parks and amusement parks in Wisconsin Dells are due to reopen this weekend, with resorts expected to follow suit. Beaches and parks continue to open across Florida, with restaurants now allowed to open to 50-percent of in-dining capacity. The iconic community of Miami Beach is due to begin its Phase 1 reopening efforts today.
As the momentum builds for timeshare resorts to reopen, the major brands are detailing their new enhanced hygiene protocols to manage cleaning and public safety efforts. Bluegreen Vacations has announced its updated sanitation procedures, details of which can be seen here, while Holiday Inn Club Vacations shared its Safe Travels program. Wyndham Destinations recently announced its Vacation Ready program, while the Hilton CleanStay program rolled out for Hilton Grand Vacations.
Below is a list of the leading timeshare companies in the U.S., with estimated opening dates based on publicly available information from their corporate offices.
Timeshare Resort Status Updates
- Bluegreen Vacations – All Bluegreen club timeshare resorts are planning to reopen by at least May 31, with the exception of Mountain Run at Boyne (June 3), The Suites at Hershey (June 4), The Innsbruck Aspen (June 15) La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino (June 15) and The Soundings Seaside Resort (August 1). There is still no reopening date announced for South Mountain Resort. Most club associate resorts are either open or scheduled to reopen by June 15.
- Capital Vacations – Capital has a list of its resort closures available on its COVID-19 preparedness page at https://www.capitalvacations.com/covid.php and is referring members and owners to the local municipalities in which their resorts are located for updated restriction information. Otherwise, they have not listed opening dates for their resorts.
- Club Wyndham - Wyndham has announced a phased reopening of its resorts beginning May 26 starting with resorts in Florida and South Carolina. For more information regarding resort reopening status, please visit https://clubwyndham.wyndhamdestinations.com/us/en/covid-19-information/list-of-impacted-resorts. Wyndham has also extended its flexible cancellation policy to members with vacaton arrival dates through June 30.
- Diamond Resorts – Diamond will begin a phased reopening of its U.S.-based resorts on May 21 beginning with resorts in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Their remaining U.S. resorts are scheduled to open by the end of June. More Information is at https://www.diamondresorts.com/covid-19-update.
- Disney Vacation Club – One good piece of Disney-related news is the opening today of the Disney Springs retail district - with 44 shops and restaurants reopening under revised social distancing procedures. Otherwise, no new updates as Disney is accepting future resevations for its hotels from July 1 and later. All DVC timeshare resorts remain closed until further notice.
- Hilton Grand Vacations – Most Hilton timeshare resorts in Florida are either open or are scheduled to reopen by May 21, as is the District by Hilton Club in Washington, D.C. and most South Carolina resorts. Nearly all of the HGV resorts based in the U.S. are scheduled to reopen by June 4, with the notable exceptions of California, New York and Hawaii-based resorts. Details can be seen at https://www.hiltongrandvacations.com/en/travel-alert.
- Holiday Inn Club Vacations – HICV has moved up its phased reopening date to May 21 beginning with Smoky Mountain Resort in Gatlinburg and South Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach. Its flagship Orange Lake Resort in Orlando is scheduled for a May 28 opening. See more resort info at https://holidayinnclub.com/safe-travels/resort-updates.
- Marriott Vacation Club – For those resorts that are not already open, MVC begins its staggered resort reopenings on May 21 beginning with the majority of its Florida resorts. Find out more at https://hub.vacationclub.com/resort-updates/ .
- Vistana Signature Experiences – All Sheraton timeshare resorts are open only for Owner and Exchanger arrivals with the exception of Sheraton Mountain Vista and Sheraton Lakeside Terrace Villas at Mountain Vista which are closed until May 31. Westin timeshare resorts are closed until the end of May except Westin Kierland Villas and all Hawaii resorts, which are currently open only for Owner and Exchanger arrivals, keeping in mind the 14-day quarantine restriction for arrivals into Hawaii.
- Westgate Resorts – A handful of Westgate resorts are open with some onsite amenities closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Most are still closed, with Westgate River Ranch Resort, Westgate Cocoa Beach, Westgate Pained Mountain, and Harbour Beach Resort due to open this weekend (May 22). Most of the remaining resorts still closed are scheduled to reopen in June or by July 1. More specifics for individual resorts can be seen at https://www.westgateresorts.com/coronavirus-travel-advisory/.
- WorldMark – WorldMark has announced the start of its phased resort reopenings starting May 26 beginning with its South Carolina and Florida timeshare resorts. The majority of its resorts are due to reopen by the end of June. More information is at https://www.worldmarktheclub.com/news/covid19_impacted_resorts.shtml.
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We will be updating this page as more information becomes available. Some states have been criticized for orders relating to COVID-19 that have been vague when it comes to impacting resorts, especially considering the unique nature of timeshare resorts that fall under real estate and not standard hospitality regulations. Therefore, we also encourage readers to contact their resorts directly to see what plans are in place for reopening, especially for owners in so-called independent legacy resorts that may not have the benefit of resources available to the brands.