In a statement released to social media, Disney Parks has announced that Walt Disney World will close it’s four theme parks due to concerns related to Coronavirus. The closure will begin at the close of business Sunday March 15 and the parks will stay closed through at least the end of March.
Earlier today Disneyland announced it would close. Disney has also shuttered it three Disney on Broadway musical productions. The Disney Cruise Line will close on Saturday March 14. Disneyland Paris will close on March 15.
According to a statement released by Disney, they are closing in “an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our guests and employees.”
The Walt Disney Company plans to pay its cast members during the closure period.
Hotels at Walt Disney World are expected to remain open until further notice. Additionally, the retail and dining complex, Disney Springs, will remain open.
Disney states it will continue to stay in close contact with appropriate officials and health experts.
Update March 13 9:30am ET — Walt Disney World has now released answers to frequently asked questions about the Coronavirus related closures for those with tickets, resort stays, dining reservations and annual passes.
Update: Universal Orlando Resort has also announced it will close at close of business on Sunday March 15.
Previously Disney Parks had announced that it would implement cleaning procedures in the parks and stay in contact with local and federal officials as to the best course of action.
This is a developing story. Please stay tuned for updates including the official notice from Walt Disney World