BREAKING: Walt Disney World Resort Closing Temporarily Over Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

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With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shutting down most events and theme parks throughout the country, Walt Disney World Resort has announced it will temporarily close after Sunday, March 15 out of an abundance of caution for their Cast Members and guests.

The closure is stated to last through the end of the month, but Walt Disney World officials have noted that they are monitoring the developments. Walt Disney World hotels are slated to remain open during this time, as is Disney Springs. Cast Members will continue to receive payment throughout the closure period.

This is the advisory currently posted on the Walt Disney World website. If calling in to cancel or modify your reservation, do be patient as phone lines are experiencing lengthy waits, and online portals are also glitchy from increased traffic.

This was the official statement released by Disney Parks and Resorts, and Disney Cruise Line regarding the closures.

The decision to close comes days after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order declaring a State of Emergency because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Walt Disney World Resort is just the latest Disney resort to close over the pandemic. Shanghai Disney Resort was the first to close, but has recently opened up areas of the resort not including Shanghai Disneyland. Currently, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Tokyo Disney Resort remain closed. Disneyland Paris was also announced closed alongside the Walt Disney World closure announcement.

Guests with packages booked through the Walt Disney Travel Company may currently reschedule for a “future date in 2020” without having to pay the $50.00 change fee.

On Thursday night, our very own Tom Corless made a statement regarding the day’s news:

Keep reading WDWNT for continuing coverage of this ongoing story.

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Matthew has been a writer for WDWNT since June 2018. He probably should have realized he was a Disney Parks fan when he tried to make a model of the Horizons building in middle school shop class. (It didn't go well.) He is also a huge Muppet fan, and can also be found on ToughPigs.com. You can email Matthew at [email protected]

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Juliana Garcia
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Juliana Garcia

What about guests that cant travel at a different date in 2020. Will they get refunds?

allandd
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allandd

ABOUT TIME! Disney was greedy to stay open this long. Really. Sad it took the state to shut it down. No amount of hand gel can counter huge crowds of people together. They could have limited entries, not ‘smooshed people together on rides’ But NO, they wanted to remain unsafe. Disney has a pristine image, but it does not put safety of customers over their bottom line ever.

S lee
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S lee

🤦🏼

S lee
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S lee

Then don’t go one less person in the parks who don’t need to be there cause they are soooooooo negative.

Jesse Reyes
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Jesse Reyes

I was there this last weekend before the shut down. There were no huge crowds at all. No “smooshing” of people anywhere. Very short lines for the rides and hand cleaning stations everywhere. It was a very nice day.

Cinthia Basque
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Cinthia Basque

What happen with these who stay off site and bought tickets months ago , if parks still closed at the time of their stay? (April for us)

Kristen S.
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Kristen S.

Everyone is freaking out over a stupid flu virus that can be dodged if you wash your hands and have proper hygiene! If people used common sense, we wouldn’t have to close Disney! Why make the cast members at Disney Springs suffer??

Jake
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Jake

Absolutely ridiculous. It’s a common cold / flu. Get over it

Wendy Mealing
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Wendy Mealing

Imagine the pure emotion that guests and cast will have when those gates open again. Hopefully on April 1 as scheduled. We are scheduled to go down April 1 for 10 days. The world needs that care free happy and magic so bad right now. And hitting main street after 16 days of closure is going to be amazing.

Ashley
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Ashley

Walt Disney World has surpassed disappointment in their irrational closing of “the rides” to only announce but you can still eat, sleep, shop, and swim here…. wow! Thanks for contributing to the scare tactics at such a pathetic level that people are left scratching their heads trying to make sense of nonsense.

Shari Pate
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Shari Pate

We have been calling all morning to cancel our reservation at the Beach Club, is there any other way to cancel the reservation besides calling?

Shannon Nutt
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Shannon Nutt

Is there a link on your Disney Account online to cancel? If not, you have to call them. But I would throw them an email as well, saying you tried to call but can’t get through.

Nasty Boi
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Nasty Boi

Can you not do it online or on the app?

Raxel7851
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Raxel7851

I rescheduled my French Quarter reservation online with the My Disney Experience App. I did see a box to click if you wanted to cancel a reservation.

Nasty Boi
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Nasty Boi

SafeD begins with me

Phillip Ratter
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Phillip Ratter

Turning a negative into a positive, trying to be optimistic….

Are the construction crews going to keep working during the closure? If so, that could be a positive thing. Imagine a two week break, where Guests come back and LIKE MAGIC (sorry, I had to) a lot of construction is further along or finally completed. Without the need to worry about the crowds everyday, I’d think things might move along better. Construction could continue unaffected, since they don’t interact with the Guests anyway.

Just a random though in my head, trying to see the bright side for once.

Amy
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Amy

I’m wondering the same!

RebeccaMcK
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RebeccaMcK

Take care and stay safe, everyone at WDWNT. And everyone everywhere, really.

Sarah
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Sarah

Is Cape May Cafe still going to be open next weekend for character breakfast?

Gwenn
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Gwenn

Why are WDW resorts, transportation and disney springs still open?

Neal
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Neal

Exactly, if Disney truly cared about all our and their staff safety the whole place would be locked down

Jason K
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Jason K

Honestly, It will likely be closed for MOTNHS.
#RipDisneyWorld

Emily
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Emily

Curious if the pools are open at the Disney hotels during the park closures? Anyone know?