Disneyland Resorts have announced they are closing the California park due to COVID-19.
The closure marks only the fourth time the park has closed since opening in 1955. Other times have been 9/11, the morning after JFK’s assassination and the Northridge earthquake.
Disneyland Resort hotels will stay open until March 16 so guests have time to make other travel arrangements.
“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,” Disney 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.”
Later in the day, they also announced that the parks in Florida would be closed.
“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,” the statement said.
The added that Disney Cruise Line will suspend all new departures beginning March 14 until the end of the month. Cast members from all Disney parks will continue to be paid during the closure.
Disney has also closed its parks in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo.