The Walt Disney Company announced that all its Disney Theme Parks across the world will close, including Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris, as a result of the Coronavirus threat.

Disney World and Disneyland Paris will shut its doors at end of business on Sunday, 15 March.

Cruises Are Cancelled

The Disney Cruise Line also will also suspend all departures after 14 March. The parks and the cruise line will be closed through to the end of the month.

We recently reported the closure of Disneyland theme parks in California and now the other US and Europe based Disney theme parks have followed suit.

The hotels at Disney World and Disneyland Paris will remain open until further notice, however. And the Disney Springs and Disney Village shopping areas also will remain open.

The Disneyland hotels will remain open until Monday. Downtown Disney is also remaining open until further notice.

All Resorts Will Close

This is quite the historic moment – that all of Disney’s theme parks around the world will be closed, for the first time ever.

In other parts of the world, Disney has closed its parks in Shanghai, Japan and Hong Kong.

Universal Studios Also Closes

Universal Studios Hollywood will also temporarily close its doors and expects to reopen on 28 March.

“The health and safety of our team members and guests is always our top priority,” said a Universal Studios spokesperson. “Out of an abundance of caution and in response to the guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health, Universal Studios Hollywood will temporarily close beginning Saturday, 14 March. The theme park anticipates reopening on 28 March as we continue to monitor the situation. We will provide timely updates as conditions evolve.”

Are you surprised Disney and Universal has closed its doors? Tell us in the comments below.

  • Our Xmas gift to the kids 2019, was a trip to Disney Paris July 2020. So gutted, but it has to be done. Safety first


  • For the safety it’s essential so good on them for doing it early


  • It’s for the best at this time


  • Sad but it’s for the best


  • Great move


  • This initially surprised me, but it does make sense. It’s about protecting many people as possible.


  • They need to do what is necessary


  • good thing Disney probably have a bit of a buffer in their profit and loss to cover these closures, other businesses wouldn’t be in the same position – this is really a good time to try and remember to support small business as best you can – online shopping whilst in isolation sounds pretty good to me!


  • I didn’t find it a big surprise but I do wonder how the economy will survive with so many things closing down.

    • No surprise indeed. The economical impact will be massive ! I wonder what will happen when they start to close food factories and food supply becomes scarce


  • I’m not surprised to hear of theme parks everywhere closing. It’s about the only way to help keep people safe. I’ve never heard of this before and I’m sure it is going to affect a lot of people for a long time


  • This will have such a huge impact on all businesses


  • The world goes crazy, this will have a massive economical impact !


  • This is huge! I can’t believe so many events are being shut down- not to mention Disney!


  • It’s great. We don’t need it to spread any further. Good on them for thinking before profits


  • I’m pretty surprised, but in reality it’s a good thing to stop the spread of the virus


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