Update: Disney theme parks have announced that they will remain closed until further notice.
The parks only had plans of remaining closed until March 27 in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus, but Disney announced that they have plans to shut down the entire property indefinitely.
“While there is still much uncertainty with respect to the impacts of COVID-19, the safety and well-being of our guests and employees remain The Walt Disney Company’s top priority,” said The Walt Disney Company in a statement shared by Variety.
“As a result of this unprecedented pandemic and in line with direction provided by health experts and government officials, Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed until further notice.
The Walt Disney Company has been paying its cast members since the closure of the parks, and in light of this ongoing and increasingly complex crisis, we have made the decision to extend paying hourly parks and resorts cast members through April 18.”
On March 12, news that both Disneyland and California Adventures will be shut down for the entire month of March came just hours after Governor Gavin Newsom advised against large gatherings. Though California’s theme parks were considered exempt from the new policy that went into effect Wednesday evening, Gov. Newsom noted that he spoke with Disney’s executive chairman, Bob Iger, about the potential dangers of keeping the park open.
This sudden closure marks the fourth time in Disney parks’ history; the theme park also halted all operations while mourning the loss of President JFK, the 1994 Northridge earthquake, and after 9/11.
Guests are welcome to The Walt Disney Travel Company at 714-520-5050 with any questions.
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