Disneyland closes due to coronavirus
Starting with announcement from Californian health experts that mass gatherings should be postponed or cancelled statewide to slowdown the spread of Covid19. The advice was gatherings with 250 people or more should be cancelled or rescheduled, this was made unclear by comments from Governor Gavin Newsom if that would include theme parks such as Disneyland and Universal Studios.
Several hours later Disney published an update to clarify that they would be temporarily closing their California parks beginning on Saturday 14th March 2020. This will be only the 3rd closure of the park since it opened on the 17th July 1955. The previous 3 occasions were after September 11 attacks, the 1994 Earthquake and for a national day of mourning following the assassination of JFK in 1963.
The full press release is shown below
While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Disneyland Resort, after carefully reviewing the guidelines of the Governor of California’s executive order and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, beginning the morning of March 14 through the end of the month.
The Hotels of 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.
Disneyland Resort will work with guests who wish to change or cancel their visits, and will provide refunds to those who have hotel bookings during this closure period. We anticipate heavy call volume over the next several days and appreciate guests’ patience as we work hard to respond to all inquiries.
Please contact The Walt Disney Travel Company for questions and cancellations at (714) 520-5050.