Disney, Universal to close theme parks due to fears about coronavirus


Disney and Universal will officially be shuttering the doors to their theme parks for the remainder of the month due to coronavirus.

Disney announced yesterday that it will be temporarily closing their Disneyland Resort in California through the end of the month, saying:

“In the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of Disneyland Parks and Disney California Adventure, beginning the morning of March 14 through the end of the month.”

“The Hotels of the Disneyland Resort will remain open until Monday, March 16 to give guests the ability to make necessary travel arrangements; Downtown Disney will remain open. We will monitor the ongoing situation and follow the advice and guidance of federal and state officials and health agencies. Disney will continue to pay cast members during this time.”

Disney then followed up that announcement that it would likewise be closing Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Paris Resort, saying that doing so is “in the best interest of our guests and employees.”

Universal Studios Hollywood has also announced plans to close through March 28 in an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus, and, per InsideUniversal.net, Universal Orlando Result will temporarily close its theme parks beginning at the end of the business day on Sunday, March 15.

As with their Southern California location, Universal CityWalk will remain open amid the closure, as will Universal Orlando’s hotels.

“We have created flexible programs for those guests who have booked travel packages or tickets with us. Guests can call this number for more information:  877-801-9720.   A core group of team members will continue to work on site.  Hourly team members will be paid for any work scheduled through the end of March,” reads the statement from the company.

Overseas, Universal Studios Japan is temporarily closed through Sunday, March 22, 2020. On that date, the company will reassess things and see if an extension is necessary.

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