UPDATE, April 2, 2020: After closing indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, Disneyland and Walt Disney World have begun taking new reservations again. In statements on their respective websites, they announced that guests who want to modify their existing travel dates or plan a future trip can start making reservations starting June 1. They assured guests that they can modify their bookings if the parks open before or after that time. For more flexibility, they’re also waiving Disney-imposed change and cancellation fees for reservations through June 30.
In the meantime, Disney fans can enjoy the happiest place on earth at home with this virtual viewing of the newest Disneyland parade.
March 13, 2020: To prevent the spread of the highly contagious novel coronavirus, many sites and institutions that draw large crowds are temporarily shutting down. Dozens of schools in the United States have canceled classes. Last week, the Louvre, which thousands of people visit daily, closed its doors following a staff walkout. As some of the most popular attractions in the world, Disneyland and Disney World will close this week to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19.
On Thursday, Disney announced that though there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Disneyland Resort, beginning the morning of March 14, Disneyland Park and California Adventure will close through the end of the month. It will be Disneyland's fourth closure since it opened. Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland Paris will close by the end of March 15 through end of the month. Disney Cruise Line will suspend departures starting March 14 until the end of the month.
Disney parks in Asia shuttered their doors earlier this year. In February, after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked all elementary, middle and high schools in Japan to close until late March, Tokyo Disneyland announced it was temporarily closing its parks from February 29 to March 15 as a precautionary measure. The parks, which include Tokyo Disney Sea, are scheduled to reopen on March 16. Legoland Japan and Sea Life Naoya have also been closed since February 29, 2020. The reopening date is scheduled for March 16.
In China, where COVID-19 was first detected, two Disneyland resorts have been closed since January 26. Shanghai Disney announced its temporary closure on January 25. But as coronavirus continues to spread, Shanghai Disney hasn’t announced a reopening date. Guests who bought tickets during the time of its closure will automatically receive a refund. Hong Kong Disneyland has also been closed since the end of January. Like the Shanghai location, it also doesn’t have a reopening date. But since the expiration date of unused tickets between January 27 and March 31 will extend to August 31, maybe the parks hope to re-open by summer.
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