Disneyland Paris and Florida theme park closing due to coronavirus outbreak

Disney theme parks in Florida, California and Paris are being shut due to the coronavirus outbreak, the company has announced.

Three employees at Disneyland Paris have tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement The Walt Disney Company said the move was being made "in an abundance of caution".

Hotels will remain open to give guests time to make alternative arrangements.

The company said: “In an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of our theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Paris Resort, beginning at the close of business on Sunday, March 15, through the end of the month.


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“Disney Cruise Line will suspend all new departures beginning Saturday, March 14, through the end of the month.

”The Walt Disney Company will pay its cast members during that closure period."

Yesterday California Governor Gavin Newsom recommended against gatherings of more than 250 people to help contain the spread of coronavirus.

Disney decided to close both of its Southern California parks after reviewing Newsom's guidelines "and in the best interest of our guests and employees," its statement said.


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The statement continued: “The hotels at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris will remain open until further notice

"The retail and dining complexes, Disney Springs at Walt Disney World and Disney Village at Disneyland Paris, will remain open.

“Domestic Walt Disney Company employees who are able to work from home are being asked to do so, including those at The Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Television, ESPN, Direct-to-Consumer, and Parks, Experiences and Products.

“We will continue to stay in close contact with appropriate officials and health experts.”

Disney will pay its employees during the shutdown and refund payments for hotel bookings, it added.

It comes after Disney announced it was delaying the release of live action blockbuster Mulan, originally scheduled for March 27.

Disney has now delayed its release until an unspecified date later in the year, along with horror films The New Mutants and Antlers.

The news came hours after A Quiet Place II and Fast & Furious 9 were both postponed. Another of 2020's biggest films, James Bond movie No Time To Die, has already been pushed back to November, having originally been set to arrive in April.

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