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.
The Status of Each Global Disney Park
Disney World: Magic Kingdom & Animal Kingdom Reopening July 11th, EPCOT & Hollywood Studios Reopening July 15th
On May 20th, Disney Springs began its first phase of reopening, opening third-party locations. A week later on May 27th, Disney-owned stores and restaurants followed with their own openings at the shopping and dining complex.
Also on May 27th, Disney World issued their proposed reopening dates, requesting to reopen in phases with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11th, with EPCOT and Hollywood Studios reopening on July 15th. So far, the proposal has been endorsed by Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, and will next go to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for approval.
If approved, the reopening will include an advanced registration system, wherein guests who wish to visit Disney World upon reopening will need to obtain an advance reservation. While exact details have not yet been released, the system sounds similar to what we saw in Shanghai Disneyland.
In their proposed reopening, Disney has also indicated that they are looking to reopen Disney Vacation Club Resort Hotels, as well as Fort Wilderness Resort & Campgrounds, beginning on June 22nd. While they have not confirmed which hotels will be opening later, Disney has noted that they will be reopening more of their hotels on July 11th.
According to reports, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach Water Parks will not be reopening as part of the initial phase.
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: Re-Opened on May 11th
On May 11th, Shanghai Disneyland began its initial phased reopening, with limited capacities, as well as health and safety precautions in place.
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, Shopping District Reopening June 1st
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 temporarily closed as of February 29th. The most recent news came when Japan lifted their state of emergency on May 25th, 2020. The day after, Tokyo Disney Resort announced that they would be reopening their Ikspiari Shopping Mall on June 1st.
Disneyland Paris: Currently Closed Until Further Notice
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. At the end of March, Disneyland Paris released a similar message to Disneyland and Disney World, that they would be closed until further notice.
We will continue to update this post as we learn more.
Want to learn more about the Disney Parks closures?
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- 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