By now, we have all heard the tough news. All 12-Disney Parks around the world have made the difficult decision to close their doors in an effort to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 or Coronavirus as we all know it.
More closures continue to be announced, including Disney Springs, Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, Downtown Disney at Disneyland, most Central Florida theme parks, and we know more and more closure announcements will continue to come as we all try to get a handle on this dangerous situation.
Upon the announcements of the parks closing, and with the uncertainty of when exactly they will reopen, locals, passholders, and vacationing guests flocked to the parks to get the last bit of magic they could before the parks were closed for an unforeseen future.
The large gatherings amidst the social distancing urging from the CDC was not met by all with understanding. One of the scorners, granddaughter of Disney co-founder Roy O. Disney, Abigail Disney, was very vocal about her disappointment in the people that chose to gather in mass to say goodbye to the parks.
In a Twitter post, she shared a picture of the crowds at Magic Kingdom Park waiting to say see ya real soon to the Happily Ever After Fireworks gathering in the hundreds in front of Cinderella Castle. Warning! Adult language content ahead:
Are you fucking kidding me?? https://t.co/I568XuhCpF
— Abigail Disney (@abigaildisney) March 16, 2020
The Dis-twitter community had a lot to say on the issue as well with many polarizing comments, some cheering the guests that shared the magic for others, while many scorned them for being irresponsible taking part in such large gatherings.
We all handle crises in different ways. For some of us, retrieving and hunkering down comes easily, understanding the severity of the situation. While for others, trying to hang on to the last bit of normalcy for as long as we can is the only way to handle these horrific situations.
Let’s remember to be kind to each other in our choices and with our words in these difficult times. Disney chose to remain open a little longer, guests chose to attend a goodbye for now gathering. It’s not a perfect situation, but we can choose to be kind and continue to spread magic in these difficult times.
Sending positive thoughts to all our Inside the Magic community. Make the best choices you can not only for your own health but also the health of those you come into contact with and keep washing your hands! Also, be sure to keep checking back as we work hard to keep bringing you all the Disney Magic and Disney news during this time.
What are your thoughts on the mass gathering that happened on the last day of the parks being open? Would you have attended if you had the chance or rather stayed away? Let us know in the comments!