Disneyland Shuts Down Until End of March Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

Disneyland has closed its gates only three other times in history.

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Disneyland will close for the fourth time ever due to growing fears over the coronavirus pandemic.

The Anaheim, California-based theme park and adjoining Disney California Adventure will shut down on Saturday and remain closed until the end of March, Buzzfeed News reports.

A Disneyland Resort spokesperson issued a statement to the outlet:


Guests can contact Disneyland Resort in order to change or cancel their visits. Refunds will be given to people who have hotel bookings during this period.

Disneyland enthusiasts didn't react well to the news.

Disneyland is closed‼️‼️ pic.twitter.com/njzo9pjrkA

— jess (@AlldaywithJess_) March 12, 2020

Disneyland said pic.twitter.com/tOqwskpj5Q

— helen zaas (@seanpaulsimon) March 12, 2020

Me thinking of a way to sneak into Disneyland while they are shut down for the rest of the month pic.twitter.com/lODe1qGQfd

— Iris (@IrisssssDear) March 12, 2020

Disneyland never closed when Obama was in office. #JustSaying pic.twitter.com/mbAY5w5i2b

— Holy Schmidt ✝️🤡 (@Mrfurious32821) March 12, 2020

we started this year with world war 3 talk and now we’re in a worldwide pandemic because of the corona virus where the nba and nhl have suspended their seasons, tom hanks has corona, and disneyland just closed, 2020 is unbelievable https://t.co/Gdk9XpX17k

— ariana (@capsheroes) March 12, 2020

Not Disneyland too man... this virus going to far. Come on mane pic.twitter.com/UGmycrtru7

— Nick the Vampire Savior Queen (@HauntedSnowFox) March 12, 2020

Nah, Lord. Not Disneyland, too. That Coronavirus is a beast. pic.twitter.com/VJe9gCOLHt

— Jermaine (@JermaineWatkins) March 12, 2020

The decision was made on Thursday after California officials urged that gatherings of 250 or more people be postponed to prevent the virus from spreading, a method that’s being called "social distancing." However, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Disneyland wasn’t held to the same protocols because of “the complexity of their unique circumstances.” The governor shared that he had spoken with Bob Iger, executive chairman of the Walt Disney Company, about the situation.

The other three times that Disneyland has shuttered its doors was after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, the Northridge earthquake in 1994, and the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001. In 2014, Disneyland became the source of a measles outbreak, which ended up infecting 159 people in 18 states and the District of Columbia.

Tokyo Disney Resort closed on Feb. 28 and will remain shuttered through March 15. Shanghai Disney Resort and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort closed in January after the virus’ outbreak.

The pandemic has upset the operations of other major American institutions. The NHL has suspended games, the MLB has suspended opening day, the NBA has suspended its season, and the NCAA has canceled its 2020 tournament. In New York City, theaters on Broadway will be closed until the end of the month, and museums are shuttering as well.

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