Oped: Why Hasn’t Disney Announced Anything Regarding Reopening Or Extended Closures?

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As I sit here and anxiously await Disney Parks to release a statement regarding either the official reopening news or the, more than likely, news of an extended Park closure — It had me thinking. Not when Disney Parks will make an official announcement but more of a why has Disney not yet said anything. And here are my thoughts.

Disney Is Still Playing Catch Up

The official news of both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort came within hours and shocked many. It caused a panic of quick phone calls, trying to rebook vacations, cancel vacations, etc. And I guarantee you Disney is still, to this day, trying to play catch up. Maybe Disney has decided to wait until the last possible second to try and eliminate as many of the older phone calls and vacation re-bookings as possible before they open up a new wave of phone calls, cancellations, and re-bookings.

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Disney Wants To Make Absolute Certain Before Making Decisions

Or maybe Disney Parks is trying to wait for the very last moment so the company can collect as much information as possible on the current spread so they can make a more extended closure announcement than Universal Studios has just done.

Doing this –would remove the news cycle from repeating itself every couple of weeks and help eliminate the “false hope” of the theme parks reopening for those who have April reservations.

Magic Kingdom
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Everything We Know So Far

So regardless if Disney has officially made an announcement, here is what we know thus far.

According to their official websites, Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort are set to open on March 31, 2020. However, according to Orlando Sentinel, the Orange County government has recently confirmed that Walt Disney World Resort is included in the order under an Orange County stay-at-home order. This order was put in place to stop the spread of the current outbreak.

And we also learned that, according to Orlando Sentinel, there is an analyst report from JPMorgan, which is now estimating that the temporary closures of Disney theme parks in Anaheim, California, and Orlando, Florida, could extend until May 1, 2020. This is mainly due to the recent recommendation from The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which says there should be an 8-week ban on all public gatherings.

When do you think Disney Parks will reopen to the public? Let us know in the comments below.

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