UPDATED! The Global Disney Park Closures: Here’s Everything That We Know

Much of the global news has been saturated with talks about social distancing, and closures to help “flatten the curve“.

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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

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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.

Disney Springs

Click here to read more about the reopening of Disney Springs

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.

Cinderella Castle

Read more about the reopening of Disney World here!

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.

Main Street Station at Disney World

Read more about the advanced reservation system for Disney World here!

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.

Disney’s Riviera Resort is Disney Vacation Club’s newest property

Read more about the reopening of Disney’s Resort Hotels here!

According to reports, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach Water Parks will not be reopening as part of the initial phase.

Typhoon Lagoon

Read more about Disney’s water parks 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.”

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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.

Courtesy of Disney Parks News Twitter

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.

Asian Parks

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.

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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.

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Click here to read more about the reopening of Shanghai Disneyland!

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.

Hong Kong Disneyland ©Disney

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.

Tokyo DisneySea ©Disney

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.

Tokyo Disneyland: Celebrate! ©Disney

Read more about the reopening of Tokyo Disney Resort’s Ikspiari Shopping Mall here!

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.

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Click here for Disney’s announcement on Disneyland Paris’ temporary closure

Disney Cruise Line

Currently, all Disney Cruise Line departures have been cancelled through late July.

Disney Cruise

Click here to read more on the latest cancellations for Disney Cruise Lien!

We will continue to update this post as we learn more.

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