Disney has announced that all Disney Stores in North America will be temporarily closing in an abundance of caution as coronavirus continues to spread worldwide.
Per the most recent update from Disney:
In line with state and federal guidance, in an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our guests and cast members, we are proceeding with the closure of all Disney stores in North America, beginning March 17. Guests can continue to visit shopDisney.com.
In the announcement of the temporary closure of North American Disney stores, Disney shared that they will continue to monitor the current situation and maintain regular contact with the appropriate officials and health experts during this time. However, Disney did not share how long this temporary closure will last or when the Disney Stores of North America will reopen.
— Disney Parks News (@DisneyParksNews) March 16, 2020
The announcement of the temporary closure of Disney Stores came in conjunction with Disney’s decision to temporarily close Disney-owned hotels at Walt Disney World and Disney-owned storefronts at Disney Springs at Disney World and Downtown Disney at Disneyland. You can read that story here.
When Disneyland and Walt Disney World first announced that their theme parks would be temporarily closing, they were projected to reopen on April 1. However, the most recent recommendation from the CDC states that group gatherings of 50 or more should be limited for the next 8 weeks. At this time, it is unclear if the CDC’s suggestion against crowds will have a significant impact on Disney’s decision to reopen the theme parks sooner, or if Disney will end up following the CDC’s recommendation.
Inside the Magic will continue to update our website as more information about Disney operations becomes available. We continue to keep everyone at The Walt Disney Company and everyone affected by coronavirus in our thoughts.
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