Even the most magical place on Earth is not immune to the coronavirus pandemic.
On March 12, Disney announced plans to close all of its theme parks worldwide, which generated a staggering $26.2 billion in revenue for Disney in 2019. This includes all resort hotels and Disney-owned and operated locations at Disney Springs, as well as the Disney-operated locations at Downtown Disney.
In an post shared with DCP cast members (CPs), all participants are required to collect their belongings and depart their housing complexes by March 18 at 11 a.m. Guests are encouraged to make arrangements to depart by then. Both US Disney resorts, in Orlando, Florida, and Anaheim, California, respectively, are closed at the time of writing for the duration of March. But other tenants in the shopping and dining district can decide whether to remain open or adjust operations per the California governor's executive order on crowd sizes.
All CPs will be paid through the end of the month, and weekly housing "rent" deductions will be waived, effective immediately.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday recommended that gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled until May.
In an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our Guests and Cast Members, we have closed the theme parks and water parks at Walt Disney World Resort from March 16 through March 31, 2020.
The Disney parks closure goes into effect today and affects all parks worldwide as well as Disney cruise lines, which will not sail until the company decides to lift their ban.