Following in suit with their other franchises around the world, Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando will be temporarily closing due to COVID-19.
“In an abundance of caution, and in the best interest of our Guests and Cast Members, we are proceeding with the closure of our theme parks at Waly Disney World Resort, beginning March 16, through the end of the month,” the company announced on the Disney World website.
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However, for the time being, Disney Resort hotels and Disney Springs will remain open. Cast members will also continue to receive payment during the closure period.
Tickets that have not yet expired with unused days, or tickets for specific dates during the closing period, will automatically be extended for usage through December 15, 2020.
Additionally, guests who purchased tickets for Disney After Hours, Disney Villains After Hours and Disney Early Morning Magic during this period will receive full refunds.
Universal Studios in Orlando will also be closing temporarily.
“Out of an abundance of caution and to assist with our nation’s preventive efforts, Universal Orlando Resort will temporarily close its theme parks,” the company posted to its website.
“The closure is effective Monday, March 16. We anticipate remaining closed through the end of March – but will continue to evaluate the situation.”
Like Disney World, Universal Orlando’s hotels, as well as the Universal CityWalk, will stay open.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has put a halt to Disney’s tourism business in a big way.