As Disney Parks and Resorts continue to evaluate how they handle operations in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, they have decided to make further adjustments to their current offerings at Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, and other Disney properties.
Disney has now made the decision to temporarily close all of the Disney owned and operated locations — including shops and restaurants — at Downtown Disney and Disney Springs beginning Tuesday, March 17, through the end of the month. For example, this means retail locations like World of Disney on both coasts will be temporarily closing. If any guests want to visit non-Disney locations at Disney Springs or Downtown Disney, they are advised to call the location ahead of time to find out the specific operating hours for that location.
Disney has also stated that all Disney owned and operated hotels at Walt Disney World Resort, as well as Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20, through the end of the month. We previously reported that character dining would remain open, as well as boat transportation from resorts to Disney Springs. However, since the resorts are temporarily closing, these offerings will no longer be available.
Disney reiterates that all of the decisions to temporarily close Disney properties are made with the safety and well-being of guests and Cast Members in mind. Every Cast Member and employee who works at a Disney owned and operated location will continue to be paid through the end of March.
Disney also shared in the announcement that all North American Disney Stores will also temporarily close. You can read that story here.
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We at Inside the Magic continue to keep all Disney guests, Cast Members, employees, and every member of the Disney Parks and Resorts family in our hearts at this time. As Disney has stated, the decision to temporarily close Disney properties is made according to recommendations from the CDC and local governments. While it is hard to imagine life without the Disney Parks operating every day, we know that the health and safety of everyone has to be top priority. We look forward to the day the parks and resorts reopen.
You can stay informed about coronavirus by visiting the official CDC website.