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Disneyland, Disney World, Disneyland Paris set to close over coronavirus

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Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris are temporarily closing in light of the global coronavirus pandemic. Disney has already closed theme parks in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Disneyland Resort in California is temporarily closing Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure from March 14 through the end of the month.

Downtown Disney will remain open, while three hotels – the Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier and the Grand Californian – will stay open until March 16.

In a statement, Disney Parks said that although “there have been no reported cases” of COVID-19 at Disneyland Resort, it will close “in the interest of our guests and employees”.

Disneyland Resort closing from March 14

“Disney will continue to pay cast members during this time,” added the statement posted to Disney Parks News on Twitter.

Disney also announced that Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris will close on March 15 through the end of the month.

This includes Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios in France, and Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach in Florida.

Disney World, Disneyland Paris close from March 15

“In an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of our theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Paris Resort, beginning at the close of business on Sunday, March 15, through the end of the month,” the statement reads.

Disney Village at Disneyland Paris, Disney Springs in Florida, and hotels in both Paris and Florida will remain open. Disney Cruise Line will suspend new departures from March 14.

“We will continue to stay in close contact with appropriate officials and health experts,” said Disney.

Earlier this week, Disneyland announced the opening date of Avengers Campus, and unveiled the name of its new Spider-Man attraction, WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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