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This week, something happened at Disney World that hasn’t happened in more than 2 years

It’s something we’ve waited for for a very long time, and it has finally happened. As of this week, every single Walt Disney World Resort Hotel is open for bookings to Guests staying at the central Florida Parks for the first time since the pandemic resulted in an almost four-month closure of the Walt Disney World Resort from March 2020 to July 2020.

2 years later: The day Walt Disney World closed for COVID-19

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When Disney World reopened in mid-July 2020, only a few of its resort hotels had reopened their doors along with the four theme parks. Since that time, the Resort Hotels have opened as part of the Walt Disney World Resort’s phased reopening, but never have all the Disney Resort Hotels been open simultaneously since before the pandemic began.

This week, Disney World announced the reopening of one of its Value Resorts, Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, located in the Disney’s Animal Kingdom area of the Disney World property. The All-Star Sports Resort reopened yesterday, meaning that every single one of Disney World’s Resort Hotels is open for the first time since March 2020.

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On Disney World’s webpage for the All-Star Sports Resort, Disney has posted a reminder for Guests:

“Disney Resort hotels will begin a phased reopening. As we open these hotels, a number of health-and-safety measures will be in place. Additionally, some experiences such as housekeeping services and resort activities have been modified or may be unavailable.”

Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort offer Guests the fun of a sports-themed Resort Hotel at a value-level nightly rate.

Walt Disney World Resort invites Guests to “get in the game at this Resort hotel that salutes the world of competitive sports, including baseball, basketball, football, surfing and tennis. Go the distance and don’t be afraid to celebrate your inner fan amid sporty décor starring some of your favorite Disney characters.”

Beach-themed Surfboard Bay pool offers cool blue water and giant surfboards that stand close to it

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Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort features a variety of ways to enjoy family time together, including themed pools, like the Grand Slam pool and the Surfboard Bay pool. There’s also a jogging trail, an arcade, a playground, and space for movies under the stars in the evenings. In between the parks and activities at the Resort, grab a snack or lunch at the End Zone Food Court.

For more information about Disney’s All Star Sports Resort, click here, or visit the Walt Disney World website for more information about any of the other more than 25 Disney World Resort Hotels.

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!