Magic is suspended: All Disney parks around the world closing due to coronavirus concerns
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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the additional closures.
What was probably once thought impossible is happening. All Disney parks around the world will be closed at the same time due to coronavirus concerns.
Thursday afternoon, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park in California made the call to temporarily close the gates due to coronavirus concerns beginning Saturday, 14 March through the end of March.
Disneyland has released the following statement on Thursday:
While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Disneyland Resort, after carefully reviewing the guidelines of the Governor of California’s executive order and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, beginning the morning of March 14 through the end of the month.
The Hotels of Disneyland Resort will remain open until Monday, March 16 to give guests the ability to make necessary travel arrangements; Downtown Disney will remain open. We will monitor the ongoing situation and follow the advice and guidance of federal and state officials and health agencies. Disney will continue to pay cast members during this time.
Disneyland Resort will work with guests who wish to change or cancel their visits, and will provide refunds to those who have hotel bookings during this closure period. We anticipate heavy call volume over the next several days and appreciate guests’ patience as we work hard to respond to all inquiries.
Please contact The Walt Disney Travel Company for questions and cancellations at 714-520-5050.
Then Thursday evening, announcements were made to close the remaining open Disney Parks — the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Paris from the end of the day on 15 March through 31 March. At the same time, it was also announced that the Disney Cruise Line would suspend new sailings from 14 March through the end of the month.
The hotels at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris will remain open, as will Disney Springs at Disney World and Disney Village at Disneyland Paris.
Universal Studios Hollywood made its own closure announcement:
The health and safety of our team members and guests is always our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution and in response to the guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health, Universal Studios Hollywood will temporarily close beginning Saturday, March 14. The theme park anticipates reopening on March 28 as we continue to monitor the situation.
Universal CityWalk will remain open. We will provide timely updates as conditions evolve.
With Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, Shanghai Disney and Hong Kong Disneyland already closed, this means that every Disney park around the world will be closed at once. With Disney setting the pace, we expect to see additional theme parks closures around the country.
TPG will continue to update on major travel-related closures and cancellations.
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