Disney Shuts Its Doors Due To Corona Virus Outbreak

Precautions across the world amidst the pandemic have resulted in all Disney theme parks closing for the moment.


With Coachella’s postponement, a number of sporting fixtures being canceled and filming for Netflix specials shut down, its no surprise that Disney has been added to the list of companies taking precautionary measures amidst the global Coronavirus pandemic, which has now affected more than 158 countries around the world.

Having announced last weekend that the renowned theme parks in California, Florida, Paris, and Tokyo will be closed, expectedly until the end of March, though the situation may change depending on current health advice.

Since opening in 1955, the California branch has closed for only the fourth time, despite Disneyland Paris and Disney World hotels remaining open until further notice in other parts of the world.

Disney’s statement (as of last week) claimed: ‘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. 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.’

For those who have already booked tickets to any of the destinations around the globe, Disney has agreed to ‘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’.

The Disney Cruise Line has also issued travel alerts and has suspended all departures from 14 March, in lieu of the theme park closures, until the end of the month at least.

Adding that ‘Disney will continue to pay cast members during this time’, another silver lining has recently been revealed as the brand has decided to donate excess food from the park to Second Harvest Food Bank in Orange County, a help to the increased need of food that has occurred due to this outbreak. This is only added to the 20,000 + meals Disney donated to the food bank last year.

So, whilst the situation remains dire, and the park closing only adds to the looming pessimism over the world right now, Disney is maintaining steps in ensuring fair and equal treatment and help to as many as they can.


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