With the entirety of the Walt Disney World Resort effectively shutting down by the end of this week due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic concerns, many were wondering what would happen to the various ongoing construction projects throughout the parks and resorts. Well, it appears that all construction operations have come to a halt in light of the closures.
According to reports from the Orlando Business Journal, The Walt Disney Company has shuttered construction operations at Walt Disney World, according to the head of the region’s top construction trade organization.
It wasn’t immediately known if construction workers will be paid or when construction operations will resume, said Mark Wylie, president and CEO of the Central Florida chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors Inc.
Wylie expects other Central Florida construction sites to shut down, as well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended March 16 that events of 10 or more people be canceled or postponed.
“They’re going to be closing a lot of construction sites,” Wylie said of the Central Florida region. “It’s already having a terrific impact on the economy.”
Disney wasn’t immediately available for comment, but it’s definitive that all ongoing projects, from simple makeovers like the Cinderella Castle project, to large themed resorts like the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, and even new upcoming attractions, like TRON Lightcycle Run in the Magic Kingdom and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in EPCOT, will be further delayed. In terms of time periods for the setbacks, the Orlando Business Journal reports:
“Everything from feasibility to pricing, discounting and construction. This will halt the construction on these projects and delay everybody. What will the delays be — is it one to three months? We don’t know,” said Dennis Speigel, founder and CEO with International Theme Parks Service Inc., Cincinnati-based theme park consulting firm.
While a number of projects we’re all excited for will inevitably be delayed, this is for the safety of all workers and contractors building these new park additions. And for those of you who were afraid Spaceship Earth might’ve been re-done during the closure… it may still be untouched by the time we get back. No official statements have been issued regarding ongoing construction at Disneyland Resort, but it’s likely work on the upcoming Avengers Campus, which was slated for a July 18 opening, has also been impacted.
We’ll be keeping our eyes on developments here in Florida and in California, as well as in Paris, and Tokyo, Shanghai, and Hong Kong regarding the COVID-19 outbreak’s effect on Disney Parks operations and beyond. For all of the latest Coronavirus-related Disney Parks news throughout the ongoing pandemic, continue to check here.