Disney Closes All Theme Parks Worldwide Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
As coronavirus continues to be a concern for many travelers, Disney has decided to temporarily close its theme parks worldwide.
Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California; Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida; and Disneyland Paris all announced plans to suspend operations on Thursday. Disney Cruise Line also announced Thursday its plan to suspend all new departures beginning March 14 through the end of the month.
The hotels at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris will remain open until further notice, but hotels at Disneyland in California will close March 16.
Dining and shopping at Downtown Disney at Disneyland in California, Disney Springs at Walt Disney World, and Disney Village at Disneyland Paris, do not have plans to close as of now. Cast members will be paid during the shutdown, reps for The Walt Disney Company said.
Parks in Asia had already closed and plan to remain closed until the threat passes.
This is the latest on each Disney park and Disney Cruise Line.
Disneyland Resort: Anaheim, Calif.
Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure will close the morning of March 14 through the end of the month. Hotels will close March 16 to give travelers extra time to coordinate their plans. There were no plans to close Downtown Disney as of 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, beginning the morning of March 14 through the end of the month," Disneyland said in a statement on its website.
Disneyland will work with those looking to change or cancel their visits, and anyone with a hotel booking during the closure period will be refunded. To cancel your trip or for more information, call The Walt Disney Travel Company at 714-520-5050.
Walt Disney World Resort: Orlando, Fla.
Disney World in Orlando will close at the end of the day on March 15 and remain closed through the end of the month. Hotels plan to remain open, as do the restaurants and shops at Disney Springs, according to a statement released by Disney on Thursday night.
"In an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of our theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Paris Resort, beginning at the close of business on Sunday, March 15, through the end of the month," it said.
Disneyland Paris will close March 15 through the end of the month. Hotels plan to remain open, as do shops and restaurants at Disney Village.
A total of three people who work at the French theme park had tested positive for the virus as of Wednesday, The Sun reported. Previously, Reuters reported a maintenance worker at the park had tested positive for coronavirus but did not have any contact with guests.
Disney said it will "continue to stay in close contact with appropriate officials and health experts."
Tokyo Disney Resort
The Japanese park was the last of Disney’s Asian parks to shut its doors amid the outbreak of the coronavirus when it announced the closure last month. On Wednesday, Tokyo Disneyland said in a statement the park along with Tokyo DisneySea will remain closed through at least early April “out of consideration for the health and safety of our guests and cast members. We remain in close contact with related government agencies about the situation and will provide updates as the situation changes.”
The park’s planned expansion, originally scheduled to open on April 15, will also be postponed until at least mid-May.
Tickets purchased from Tokyo Disney Resort Online Reservations, the tickets website or from a Disney hotel, store, or partner hotel will be refunded or changed without a fee, according to the park.
Shanghai Disney Resort
As the outbreak began in China at the beginning of 2020, the Shanghai Disney outpost has been closed since Jan. 25, the first Disney park in Asia to do so amid the coronavirus outbreak. While the park said in a statement it remains closed “as we continue to closely monitor health and safety conditions and follow the direction of government regulators,” it added a “phased reopening” has begun.
According to the park, a “limited number of shopping, dining, and recreational experiences” with reduced hours have opened in Disneytown, the Wishing Star Park, and the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel. Additionally, the Disney Car and Coach Park and the Disneytown Parking Lot are also reopening.
As the park slowly reopens, Shanghai Disney will require all guests to wear masks, undergo a temperature screening, and show a Health QR Code when walking into a restaurant.
Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong Disneyland remains closed “as a precautionary measure in line with preventive efforts taking place across Hong Kong,” according to the park. The park has been closed since January.
“We are in close contact with health authorities and the government about the situation and will announce a reopening date once they determine it is advisable,” the park said in a statement.
For guests who purchased a standard park ticket, the park noted it is valid for six months from the purchase date but added the park “will assist in the refund” for guests who bought tickets or booked a resort hotel.
Disney Cruise Line
All new cruise departures will be suspended beginning Saturday, March 14, through the end of the month, Disney announced Thursday. Anyone with a cruise booked should call 800-951-3532.