Disneyland Resort and Theme Parks to Close as Coronavirus Spreads

Closures will begin March 14

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Disney said on Thursday that it will close its Disneyland resort and theme parks in Anaheim, Calif. amid concerns of the novel coronavirus spread in the U.S.

“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, beginning the morning of March 14 through the end of the month,” a Disneyland spokesperson said in a statement. “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.”

The last time Disney shut down the park was after the terrorist attacks on September 11, and Disneyland has only close two other times prior: The national day of mourning after the JFK assassination and after the Northridge Earthquake in 1994, which was one of the most powerful ever recorded in North America.

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