Much of the global news has been saturated with talks about social distancing, and closures to help “flatten the curve“.
There has been mobilization of significant response around the world, including the closure of some gathering spaces, to which Disney is not immune. The big question for many is how will the current situation affect Disney around the world? Here’s what we know.
As you no doubt have heard, the coronavirus has been spreading globally. The respiratory illness causes fever, coughing, and shortness of breath, and extreme cases have resulted in deaths as well.
On March 11th, United States President Trump announced a 30-day temporary ban on travel from some European countries to the United States, starting midnight on Friday, March 13th. While there are exceptions, you can check the full list of restrictions and countries affected for travel here.
Additionally, on March 15th, the CDC released recommendations that, for the next eight weeks, “organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the U.S.”. Click here for more information from the CDC.
Disney World: Currently Closed Until Further Notice
Beginning on March 17th, Disney closed all of its owned and operated locations at Disney Springs. Additionally, Disney owned and operated hotels at Disney World closed at 5 PM on Friday, March 20th.
As far as transportation, all Disney World transportation was suspended starting the morning of Wednesday, March 18th. Disney’s Magical Express continued transfers to and from the Orlando International Airport through Friday, March 20th.
On March 17th, Governor DeSantis announced a statewide closure for bars and nightclubs in Florida for the next thirty days. While we don’t yet know what this will mean for many Disney locations, we will keep this post updated as we learn more.
Additionally, Orlando International Airport, where many travelers fly into for their Disney World trip, has issued precautions going forward for travelers. The airport has confirmed that they have added additional hand sanitizer stations around the area, and have implemented more frequent cleanings. You can read their full list of precautionary procedures here
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure: Currently Closed Until Further Notice
On March 12th, Disneyland announced that both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure would be temporarily closing starting the morning of March 14th through the end of the month. As of March 27th, that closure has been extended “until further notice.”
Additionally, the hotels of the Disneyland Resort closed after March 16th, giving guests a little extra time to make travel arrangements. On March 15th, Disney further announced that all Disney owned and operated locations at Downtown Disney would be closed beginning March 17th.
For guests that have plans at the resort during this time period, you may call The Walt Disney Travel Company at (714) 520-5050.
On March 19th, Governor Newsom of California issued a statewide “stay at home order” that requires everyone to remain home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get healthcare, or go to an essential job. As of now, this order is in effect “until further notice” and we are unsure of the effect it will have on Disneyland Resort.
The virus originated in Wuhan, China — a city approximately 550 miles west of Shanghai Disneyland. With a relatively quick spread at the beginning of the year, it wasn’t long before local governments made calls for any large assemblies of people to be canceled.
Shanghai Disneyland: Currently Closed Indefinitely
The first major effect on Disney was with the closure of Shanghai Disneyland, a park that is majority-owned by the Government of China. The park shut it’s doors on January 25th, the weekend of Lunar New Year. Since then, the resort has reopened Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, Wishing Park, and Disneytown with limited operations as of March 9th.
At this time, it is unknown when Shanghai Disneyland itself will reopen.
Hong Kong Disneyland: Currently Closed Indefinitely
Hong Kong Disneyland, a park majority-owned by the Government of Hong Kong, has temporarily closed as well. At this time, no update has been given for a date of reopening.
Tokyo Disney Resort: Currently Closed Through April 19th
The first response we heard in neighboring Japan was that extra precautions were being taken within the Tokyo Disney Resort. According to Bloomberg, many Cast Members were wearing masks, some of the characters refrained from hugging guests, and character photo ops were limited.
And now, the final Asian Disney park has closed as of February 29th. The Oriental Land Company-owned Tokyo Disney Resort was originally set to remain closed through March 15th. However, with the continued spread of the virus, the closure has now been extended through early April.
On March 27th, Tokyo Disney Resort again extended the closure of the parks, this time with a “planned reopening of April 20 or beyond.” In this announcement, Tokyo Disney also notably closed the four Tokyo Disney Resort Hotels, which until this point had been open and operating with modified offerings.
Disneyland Paris: Currently Closed Through End of March
On March 12th, Disneyland Paris announced that they will be closing the park starting after park hours end on Sunday, March 15th, and remain closed through the end of the month. Soon after it was announced that the resort’s hotels, retail and dining complexes, as well as Disney Village will all be closing as well.
On March 12th, Disney Cruise Line announced that they would be suspending all new departures beginning Saturday, March 14th, and lasting through the mid-April.
Click here to read about Disney’s announcement of the temporary closure of Disney Cruise Line departures
Disney’s Aulani Resort: Currently Closed Through End of March
On March 20th, Aulani Resort announced that it would temporarily closing through the end of the month.
We will continue to update this post as we learn more.
Want to learn more about the Disney Parks closures?
- The Disney Parks Closures: Here's Everything We Know
- Here's Everything That Disney World is Refunding Due to the Temporary Closure
- Here's Everything That Disneyland is Refunding Due to the Temporary Closures
- Here's Everything That the Disney Cruise Line is Refunding Due to Suspended Itineraries
- Should I Cancel My Disney Trip? Taking a Closer Look at Our Most FAQ
- Flattening the Curve: Why Disney is Closing Everything
- All the Times That Disney World and Disneyland Have Closed Throughout History