Disney World and Disneyland Paris are closing
Following the announcement of Disneyland closing, the Disney company announced Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris would also be closing on Sunday, March 15, through the end of the month. This includes the Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios parks in France, and the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach parks in Orlando, Florida.
The Disney Village and Disney Springs shopping and dining areas and the multiple hotels on each property will remain open, ABC, which is owned by Disney, said. Disney Cruise Line will also suspend new departures as of March 14 for the remainder of the month.
Disneyland to close
Disneyland in Anaheim, California, is shutting down beginning Saturday and continuing throughout the month as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic persists, Disney Parks announced Thursday afternoon.
The decision was made “in the best interest of our guests and employees,” the company said in a statement after California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) issued an executive order in response to the public health crisis. Newsom removed the waiting period for unemployment and disability benefits for state residents who lose work as a result of the outbreak, and he gave the state the power to commandeer hotels and other facilities for patient treatment.
“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,” the company said in the statement, which also asked for customers’ “patience” due to the number of calls expected.
While the park will close Saturday, the hotels at Disneyland will remain open through Monday to allow guests extra time to change their travel plans.
Meanwhile, Disney World in Orlando, Florida, will remain open. The site employs more than 75,000 people making it the largest single-site employer in the United States.