Disney now closed indefinitely: What to know about theme park closures around the world

Mar 27, 2020

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the extended closures.

I never thought we’d see the day that Disney parks around the world would all be closed at the same time, but it happened. And now, due to escalating coronavirus concerns, it’s going to last longer than initially planned.

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The Disney theme parks in the U.S. and Paris were originally announced to close through March 31, but that date has now been pushed back to … indefinitely.

The Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, Shanghai Disney and Hong Kong Disneyland have already been closed for weeks and remain closed with no set reopening date.

Here’s what you need to know about the closure of Disney World, Disneyland and beyond.

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Disney World closure

The Walt Disney World Resort in Florida closed on Sunday, March 15, and will now remain closed until further notice.

While not initially included in the closure, the Disney World resort hotels are also all now closed to guests, as is the Disney Springs shopping and dining area.

(Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)
Animal Kingdom Lodge and other resort hotels will remain open for now (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

Disneyland closure

In California, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park originally closed the gates due to coronavirus concerns on March 14, and have now also extended the closure until further notice.

The three Disneyland Hotels (Disneyland Hotel, Grand Californian and Pixar Pier) are also closed.

Disneyland released the following statement on March 27:

“As a result of this unprecedented pandemic and in line with direction provided by health experts and government officials, Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed until further notice.”

The statement goes on to state that hourly parks and resort cast members will be paid through April 18.

Disneyland Paris closure

Disneyland Paris closed on March 15, and was initially set to be closed until March 31. While we have not seen an extension of that closure at this time, one is expected.

Disney Cruise Line suspension

Disney Cruise Line will suspended new sailings from March 14 through at least March 31, though additional suspensions are expected.

Everything you need to know about Disney park closures

What happens to existing tickets

Multiday tickets that were already in use are automatically extended for use through December 15, 2020. Entirely unused tickets can be put toward the purchase of a future ticket at a later date if you cannot use the tickets by Dec. 15. Any special event tickets (Early Morning Magic, Villains, etc.) purchased for use from March 16 to 31 will be automatically refunded. We expect that date range to be expanded to include all dates where Disney is closed.

Annual pass expirations will be extended by the number of days the park is closed.

What happens to FastPass+ and dining reservations

All FastPass+ and Disney Dining reservations that were set to occur during the announced closure will be automatically canceled and/or refunded. (And yes, I fully know how much that stings for those who worked so hard to line everything up perfectly.)

Disney World Resort hotels

Disney World Resort stays during the park’s planned closure can be canceled or changed until the check-in date. If you do nothing and do not utilize the stay, it will be automatically canceled and refunded. There will be no cancellation penalties for Disney Resort stay changes through June 30, 2020.

When will the parks reopen?

No one knows. At this point, there’s no set reopening date. The parks in Asia have already been closed for several months, so it is anticipated that the U.S. parks will be closed until it is safe to reopen. Tokyo Disneyland has announced it will be closed at least through April 20.

Universal Studios extends closure

The U.S. theme park closures are not just Disney-specific, as Universal Studios in both Florida and California closed on the same dates as the Disney theme parks and have now announced extended closures through at least April 19 for both the theme parks and resort hotels.

Universal is extending season passes by one day for every day the parks are closed. Hotel reservations and packages purchased between March 4 and May 1 qualify for a Stress-Free booking policy, which means they may be modified or canceled with no fee at least 24 hours prior to arrival.

Those with unexpired, unused tickets can use them up to 365 days from when they were purchased, or the value can be applied toward a new ticket purchase.

Other U.S. theme parks that are temporarily closed

Many other theme parks around the nation have also announced similar closures. Here are a few parks that have temporarily shut down:

  • Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California: Closed March 14 through mid-May, as of a March 20 announcement.
  • Dollywood: Closed and with hopes to open in mid-May.
  • SeaWorld: Closed on March 16 at least through the end of March.
  • LegoLand: Closed at least through April 15.
  • Six Flags: Closed at least through the end of March.

TPG will continue to provide updates on major travel-related closures and cancellations.

Featured image by Summer Hull/The Points Guy.

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