Disney World, Disneyland Paris and Disney Cruises Suspending Operations Due to Coronavirus

The Walt Disney Company announced Thursday that the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Paris and the Disney Cruise Lines would be closed in response to the coronavirus.

The announcement follows news that the original Disneyland resort in Anaheim, California would close this weekend. Disney announced the closure of Disneyland despite California Governor Gavin Newsom announcing that large theme parks did not have to close their doors to guests. Wednesday, Newsom banned gatherings of 250 or more people, though he clarified Thursday that the ban did not apply to parks like Disneyland due to "the complexity of their unique circumstances."

There have been no reported cases of the coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19 at Disneyland, or any of the other Disney properties. The company announced that Disneyland Park and the Disney California adventure would close starting March 14, through the end of the month. Disneyland hotels will remain open until March 16, in order for guests to make arrangements to leave.

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Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida will be one of the Disney properties set to close on March 14. Gary Hershorn/Getty

Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Paris will also close on that date, according to a statement from the Disney company obtained by Newsweek. The Disney Cruise Line will also suspend trips starting that Saturday. However, not every part of Disney World and Disneyland Paris will be shut down.

"The hotels at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris will remain open until further notice. The retail and dining complexes, Disney Springs at Walt Disney World and Disney Village at Disneyland Paris, will remain open," The Walt Disney Company said. Disney also announced all cast members would be paid for the duration of the closure.

Outside of the parks, other divisions of the massive company are affected by the coronavirus. Disney asked employees at the film and television divisions to work from home if they are able, as well as employees at ESPN.

This is the fourth time in its history that Disneyland has closed. The park was shut down the first time for a national period of mourning after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, and again in 2001 after the attacks of September 11. The only other time the park closed was shortly after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, where the park was inspected for damage.

The number of coronavirus cases around the world has grown to at least 126,000 people, and has affected celebrities including Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. In the U.S., President Donald Trump has restricted travel from Europe.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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A graphic provided by Statista shows the global spread of the new coronavirus as of early March 12. Around half of the 127,000 afflicted have recovered, while over 4,700 have died. Statista

World Health Organization advice for avoiding spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Hygiene advice

  • Clean hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Wash hands after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the sick; before; during and after food preparation; before eating; after using the toilet; when hands are visibly dirty; and after handling animals or waste.
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  • Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth. Do not spit in public.
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Medical advice

  • If you feel unwell (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) seek medical care early and call local health authorities in advance.
  • Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments issued by health authorities and follow their guidance.

Mask usage

  • Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person.
  • Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
  • Masks are effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning.
  • Do not touch the mask while wearing it. Clean hands if you touch the mask.
  • Learn how to properly put on, remove and dispose of masks. Clean hands after disposing of mask.
  • Do not reuse single-use masks.