Disney has announced that our beloved Disneyland theme parks will be closing due to the coronavirus outbreaks. The announcement came following the postponing and cancelling of large scale events such as Coachella, SXSW and the famous NBA season.
The parks will be closed for the rest of the month starting from March 14th.
Disneyland Resorts are closing due to the coronavirus outbreak. Theme parks will remain closed for the remainder of the month.
Resort hotels will remain open until March 16th so that guests have a chance to make any needed travel plans, however theme parks will be temporarily closed from the 14th onward.
This will be the fourth time in Disneyland’s history that all resort operations will cease, the last time being just after the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
Disney released a statement regarding the close,
“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.
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.”
Disney also stated that they will assist guests who wish to change or cancel their bookings. Refunds will also be provided.
The California Disneyland closure follows a new California policy regarding mass gatherings due to the virus outbreak. Although, theme parks in Hong Kong and Shanghai have also been closed, resulting in a loss of $280 million in revenues.
California Governor Gavin Newsom stated,
“Late last night, California put out a new policy on mass gatherings and engaged in deep conversations with Disney and other companies about how to meet it. Using that policy, Disney made the right call in the interest of public health and agreed to shut down its California parks. Expect more announcements like this shortly.”