Disney Announces Closures At All Parks Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Disney Closures Coronovirus

Update: 3/28/2020, 8:00AM

Disney has announced that it would be extending closure of its two US resorts “until further notice.” Parks, hotels and other Disney Resort amenities will remain closed during this time. For information on modifying travel plans, park tickets, annual passes and more, see the full operation notices below.

See Disney’s full operations notice here. 

See Disneyland’s full operations notice here.

Update: 3/22/2020, 8:00AM

On Saturday, March 21, Disney announced the planned closure of their Hawaiian Resort, Disney’s Aulani. Closure of Disney’s Aulani Resort will begin at 5:00PM on Tuesday, March 24 and continue through Tuesday, March 31. 

See Aulani’s full closure notice here.

Update: 3/17/2020, 8:00AM

Disney announces that Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort will also close on March 20 at 5:00PM through the end of the month. Disney’s Aulani Resort remains open.

Update: 3/16/2020, 8:00AM

Disney announces that all Disney owned and operated hotels at Walt Disney World and Disney’s Vero Beach Resort will close at 5:00PM on March 20 through the end of the month.

Additionally, all Disney owned and operated locations at Disney Springs will close on Tuesday, March 17 through the end of the month. Select restaurants and retail locations will remain open at Disney Springs. Check specific locations for hours of operation prior to arrival.

See Disney World’s full operations message here.

Hotels at California’s Disneyland Resort will also close at 11:00Am on March 16. Owned and operated locations at Downtown Disney will close at 8:00PM on March 16 as well.

See Disneyland’s full operations message here.

Original Article Posted: 3/13/2020, 9:00AM

On Thursday, March 12, 2020, Disney announced it would be closing its theme parks in California, Florida and Paris until the end of the month. The temporary closures will begin at park closing on March 15th and will extend until March 31st. These new closures will mark the first time all 11 of Disney’s theme parks around the world have closed concurrently. While the announcement came as a surprise to many, Disney is doing their part to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, that has quickly swept across the globe.

Click the following link to read Disney World’s official announcement

A Message From DVC Shop

The team at DVC Shop is committed to helping our customers make any necessary adjustments to their travel plans and bookings made through DVC Shop Rentals. Our thoughts go out to anyone who has been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Director of DVC Shop, Seth Nock, made the following announcement on Thursday in regard to Disney’s park closure.

DVCShop.com is committed to taking care of our customers in this trying time. The Disney resorts and Disney Springs are still open. In light of Disney World and Disneyland closing, we want to let our clients know that anyone traveling between today and March 31 who took our alternative travel coverage will receive a refund of their rental fees. You can still go on your trip as we will not be canceling your reservations, unless you ask us to (but you will be getting a refund anyway). Anyone who did not take our alternative travel protection, if you choose not to travel, we will work with the member to find alternative options.”

What Is There To Do At Disney World During the Closure?

While all four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom) and Disney’s water parks will remain closed from March 16th through March 31st, many other attractions will remain open, providing guests with a myriad of entertainment options outside of the parks. 

Resort and Hotels

All Disney World Resorts and Hotels will remain open until further notice. Guests can likely expect shops, restaurants and spas at the resorts to remain open as well. Some activity schedules may be altered for the safety of guests and staff.

If you’re in the Orlando area during the time of the closure try spending an afternoon poolside at one of Disney’s various resort pools. 

A few guest favorite pools are:

  • Stormalong Bay, Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort
  • Lava Pool, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort 
  • Samawati Springs Pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidani Village
  • Copper Creek Springs at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Disney Springs

Disney World’s main shopping, dining, and entertainment district will also remain open, providing guests various forms of entertainment. Restaurants, cafes, shops and attractions such as bowling and movie theaters have not announced any closures.

Boardwalk Area

The Boardwalk area will also remain open as a place for guests to enjoy dining and various forms of entertainment like boat rides and bicycle rentals. 

Other Disney Attractions

There have been no announced closures of other attractions offered at the Walt Disney World Resort. These attractions include:

  • Golf
    Disney World is home to three 18-hole golf courses, a 9-hole course and a FootGolf course which will all remain open. Practice your swing during a relaxing day out on the green.
  • Standard and Surrey Bicycle Rentals
    Glide along trails and promenades around WDW on a leisurely bike ride. Disney offers seven standard bike rental locations and six surrey bike rental locations where guests can hop on a bike and see a different side of Disney.
  • Kayaks and Motorized Boat Rentals
    Hop on a boat at one of Disney’s boat rental spots and spend a relaxing afternoon on the water. Kayak rentals are available at the Fort Wilderness Resort while motorized boats can be rented at several marinas around the resorts.
  • Horseback Riding, Pony Rides, Wagon Rides
    Spend an exciting afternoon horseback riding or taking a ride through the Fort Wilderness Resort on a horse drawn wagon or carriage.

Keep in mind that we urge guests to follow all recommended precautions when participating in any of the above attractions in regard to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Continue to check Disney’s resort operation announcement page for updates on closures at the Walt Disney World Resort.

DVC Shop Editorial Team

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