All Walt Disney World parks are closed now, having endured their last day of operation yesterday before a 2- week, Coronavirus-induced closure. The Disney theme parks were initially expected to be closed through the end of March, but in lieu of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation to avoid gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks, that seems likely to be extended.
Another Disney-centric website, BlogMickey.com, shared photos and a video on Twitter from the fireworks show, where Josh D'Amaro, the president of Walt Disney World, made an appearance to say goodbye to guests alongside Disney cast members.
We will continue to stay in close contact with appropriate officials and health experts.
With the number of positive cases in Florida now reaching more than 130 as of Sunday evening (March 15), and three deaths from COVID-19 in Florida, we understand the need to close something as popular as the Walt Disney World Parks with growing Coronavirus concerns.
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Walt Disney World in Florida, Disneyland Paris Resort, and Disneyland Cruise Line are also closing during that period of time. Also on Tuesday, all retail stores in both Downtown Disney in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney Springs in Orlando, Fla., will shut down.
In addition, Disney-owned and -operated hotels at Walt Disney World Resort and Disney's Vero Beach will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20. As for ticket holders, Walt Disney World said those with annual passes to the park will get an extension based on the number of days the park is closed, while those with dated park tickets or unexpired multi-day park tickets with a start day of March 31 or before will get an extension until December 15.
Yikes. Let's hope Mickey and Minnie have been elbow tapping like they're supposed to! Here's a look at Disney World, which is a ghost town.