Coronavirus Outbreak: Disneyland Closes its Gates Temporarily
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Disney too has now ordered a temporary closure of its theme parks
Matters across the world are getting serious now as more and more countries are reporting cases of coronavirus, which has also claimed several lives. While people are taking precautionary measures, governments of some countries are trying to help their citizens in terms of testing as well as cancelling any events that were scheduled so as to stop the spread of the disease. Many concerts and movie releases have already been postponed, but this time around, the happiest place on Earth is about to close its gates. According to CNN, Disneyland will not be hosting any visitors and is temporarily shutting down.
The Walt Disney World which is Disney's flagship theme park resort in Orlando, Florida will be shutting down because of the global pandemic. The company also announced the closure of Disneyland Paris and the suspension of all new departures with the Disney Cruise Line. As of now, 11 of Disney's theme parks have been shut down across the globe because of the coronavirus. A spokesperson for Disney 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."
Soon after Disney announced its closure, Universal Studios also decided to temporarily close its theme parks, starting on March 15 as well. While the theme parks have been closed, the hotels at Disney World and Disneyland Paris will remain open till further notice. However, it is also important to note that the pandemic is causing the tourism business to hit an all-time low, especially for Disney. More and more flights are also being cancelled as countries have temporarily banned travel to and from certain other countries.