Update: Disney World’s website now states that the temporary closure of the theme parks will begin on Monday, March 16. Walt Disney World was originally announced to be closing on Sunday, March 15. However since then, Disney has update the Walt Disney World website and My Disney Experience app to reflect the new closure date, March 16. Disney’s original announcement of a March 15 closure date can be seen in the Tweet below.
Walt Disney World just announced that it would be closing due to coronavirus concerns. As coronavirus spreads throughout the world, Disney has opted to close down its U.S. parks for the health and safety of guests and Cast Members.
The official announcement states that Disney will be closing the theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort from Monday, March 16, through the end of the month. Disneyland Paris will also be closing, and Disney Cruise Line will be suspending all new departures beginning Saturday, March 14, through the end of the month.
Hotels at Disney World and Disney Springs will remain open until further notice.
— Disney Parks News (@DisneyParksNews) March 13, 2020
Disney’s decision to close the Walt Disney World parks came not long after the company announced the closure of Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. Disney shared on Thursday that Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park will be closed through the end of March as coronavirus continues to spread through southern California. You can read the full story here.
Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood also announced today that they would be closing their theme parks in Florida and California as coronavirus continues to spread.
Given the decisions the company is making to close the theme parks and the precautions taken so far, it’s clear that Disney is truly keeping the health and safety of guests and Cast Members in mind in making this call. We hope everyone continues to protect themselves as best as they can and we are keeping everyone affected by coronavirus in our thoughts.
Inside the Magic will continue to update our website as The Walt Disney Company releases more information regarding the park closures. If you have any concerns regarding your Walt Disney World vacation during this time, reach out to the Authorized Disney Vacation Planner you booked with or contact Walt Disney World Guest Services.