Coronavirus: Disney Closes Parks


As a result of the coronavirus and California banning events with larger than 250 people, Disney has announced its theme parks in California are closing from March 14 to the end of the month.

Update #2: Disney announces Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort will be closed until further notice.

Update: Disney has also announced it is closing its Florida and Paris parks:

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Disney did note that hotels will remain open through March 16 to give time to make travel arrangements and also that Downtown Disney will remain open.

The company also let it be known that during this time they will be paying their cast members.

Disneyland coronavirus announcement:

Update on Disneyland Resort Operations

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.


Wednesday saw Califorinia Governor Gavin Newsom announce the ban, which has also caused the cancellation of the WonderCon comic convention.

The coronavirus has also seen film release dates delayed, including James Bond, FF9 has been delayed a year and A Quiet Place 2 has seen its release date postponed.

Likewise, major events have been canceled or postponed including current seasons for the NBA and MLB, with the NCAA also canceling at its upcoming March Madness basketball tournament.

Tom Hanks and his wife have also tested positive for the virus.

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