Big Disney news was revealed this morning during The Walt Disney Company’s 2020 annual meeting of shareholders. But Bob Iger and Bob Chapek couldn’t take part in a company call without addressing the global threat of coronavirus.
“We’re all sobered by the concern we all feel for everyone affected by this global crisis,” The Walt Disney Company Executive Chairman Bob Iger said as he started off the call. He added, “Disney has been through a lot, including wars and economic downturns and disasters. We are incredibly resilient. Our future has always been bright and it remains so for good reason.”
Disney fans know that there are several Disney Parks and Resorts around the world, and many continue to be affected by closures and coronavirus concerns. Shanghai Disneyland park is still closed — it was the first international Disney park to close due to the spread of coronavirus. Hong Kong Disneyland remains closed, and Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea will remain closed into April, it was just announced.
In Europe, the thread of coronavirus continues to loom over the Disney Parks in France, with a total of three Disneyland Paris employees diagnosed with coronavirus. Still, the Disneyland park and Walt Disney Studios park at Disneyland Paris remain open.
In the U.S., the Disney Parks and Disney Cruise Line continue to monitor the coronavirus situation on the home front and internationally. Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida remain open and operating as usual, while they have announced that they have been implementing procedures for the health and safety of guests and Cast Members. Disney Cruise Line also continues sailings, although they have become more lenient on cancellations and are not permitting certain passengers to sail.
At this time, it is unclear of coronavirus concerns in the U.S. have affected attendance at Disneyland Resort in California (which includes Disneyland park an Disney California Adventure park) or Walt Disney World Resort in Florida (including Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom).
Inside the Magic will continue to update our website as more information regarding coronavirus and the Disney Parks becomes available. For now, read more about coronavirus on the official CDC website and stay up-to-date with our coverage here.