Disney World, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, SeaWorld and LEGOLAND closing over coronavirus

Disney World, Universal Studios closing over coronavirus

(AP/Gray News) - Walt Disney World in Florida and DIsneyland Paris are joining Disneyland in California in closing this weekend because of concerns over the spread of the new coronavirus.

Disneyland Resort said in a statement Thursday that the resort and Disney California Adventure that are next door to each other in the Los Angeles suburb of Anaheim will close on Saturday and remain closed through the end of the month.

Meanwhile, Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris will close at the close of business on Sunday.

The resort says hotels at Disneyland in Anaheim will remain open until Monday so guests can make travel arrangements. Hotels at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris will remain open until further notice.

Disney Cruise Line is also suspending departures beginning on Saturday.

The Walt Disney Company says it will continue to pay cast members during this period.

Other Disney employees, including those who work at Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Television and ESPN, are being asked to work from home if possible.

Shortly after Disney World in Orlando made the announcement it would be closing, Universal Studios joined suit, closing its theme parks at the end of Sunday, March 15. Universal said they anticipate staying closed through the end of March but will continue to evaluate the situation.

Universal Orlando’s hotels and Universal CityWalk will remain open.

Out of an abundance of caution and to assist with our nation’s preventive efforts, Universal Orlando Resort will...

Posted by Universal Orlando Resort on Thursday, March 12, 2020

Friday, Busch Gardens in Tampa, SeaWorld in Orlando and LEGOLAND Florida all said they would cease operations starting March 16 and continuing through the end of the month.

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Posted by Busch Gardens Tampa Bay on Friday, March 13, 2020

An update on park operations during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. For more information please visit http://spr.ly/61801SU8y

Posted by SeaWorld Orlando on Friday, March 13, 2020

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