Walt Disney World Now Projected to Remain Closed Through Mid-April Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Concerns

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We’re currently on day three of life in the post-Walt Disney World closure era, and we’re already turning to obscure Disney Channel movies to keep us entertained in the meantime. Whether you’re stuck working from home or among the brave service workers that are bringing us medical care, food, and other necessities during these trying times, you’re probably already daydreaming about your next Disney trip. When Disney Parks announced it was closing both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, the projected reopening date was April 1, leaving parks closed through the remainder of March. However, new CDC guidelines and significant financial losses for the company may further delay reopenings on both coasts.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, analysts are warning that Walt Disney World theme parks could be closed well into mid-April. With losses of $25 million during the 18-day closure period over in Disneyland Resort alone, an extended closure could cost the overall company over $1.4 billion dollars in revenue over the next two financial quarters:

Research firm MoffettNathanson published an analyst note Tuesday that gives a grim overview of how the coronavirus pandemic will hurt the Walt Disney Company. Disney did not immediately respond to comment Wednesday.

“We expect the closure to extend for another two weeks into April as the country scrambles to get this virus contained,” the analyst note said of Disney.

Meanwhile, Disney stock, which traded last year at more than $150 per share at one point, has fallen steeply. It’s currently trading at about $85 per share, down 8%.

“Putting it all together, despite the fall in Disney’s stock price to date, we think the combination of COVID-19 impacts and an ensuing recession will cause unprecedented pain here,” the note said. “Making matters worse, Disney has taken on a more than average amount of debt to acquire Fox and has entered a period of lower cash flow generation due to their pivot into” streaming services.

As a reminder, the latest CDC guidelines recommend against public gatherings of over 50 people for the next 8 weeks, which could very well extend the closure past April. Between that, financial constraints, and the recently-initiated mass exodus of all current Disney College Program participants, it’s likely that Walt Disney World is in for a far long closure than previously expected. Just keep calm and keep streaming Disney+, everyone…

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 pandemic’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.

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Julieta
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Julieta

Oh God! I have tickets for April! I´ve been planed this vacations when I was a kid. This news is so sad… Damn coronavirus!!!

Sandy
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Sandy

Same here

Brandon
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Brandon

Same here!!

Jason Williams
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Jason Williams

Me too, starting on the 11th. I have heard that they have found some drug combos that get rid of the virus, maybe that will help them open the beginning of April.

Lea
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Lea

No That is Not going to happen. There is no drug combos curing the corona Virus at all to date–Sat., March 28th. Disney World says Mid April and to most of us that means: April 15 and beyond. The Numbers of Corona Virus are still mounting in numbers all over…Every Day…this is far from Over. Florida currently ranks #6 in the Nation for a Hot Spot…thanks to all the fleeing New Yorkers who never know any better than to keep infecting other people and other states. New York Currently ranks # 1 with 55,000+ cases and 800+ deaths. You can… Read more »

Jason K
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Jason K

This is a nightmare ;(

Les Geller
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Les Geller

Patience. This too shall pass.

robert
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robert

A nightmare that they are closed and you can not go? Or this virus situation is a nightmare? People are losing jobs, and lives.

Adam Graff
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Adam Graff

Do we know when the parks will make the official announcement? We have a trip April 8th-13th, and they haven’t changed anything on the MyDisney experience, especially with our 4Park Magic Tickets.

Xantra Baker
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Xantra Baker

Adam it’s May they are staying closed all the way through April.

Mike
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Mike

I’d reschedule that trip.

Danielle R KONASZEWSKI
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Danielle R KONASZEWSKI

We have a trip the 2nd-9th I hope they let us know as soon as possible

disney visitor
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disney visitor

they said if it does stay closed thru april our tickets would be good thru dec 15th 2020

Lea
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Lea

No One Can Answer Anyone At Any Given Time. This is far…from over. Many many new cases showing up over night.

Jolene
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Jolene

Is this official yet , because I am a travel agent , & was on the phone with our Disney rep yesterday , & the projected dates were still April 1st? Disney’s official website still says closed until March 31st?

Xantra Baker
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Xantra Baker

Yeah it was April 1st but the CDC said no keep closed till April and reopen in May.

Scott
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Scott

On March 15th, The CDC recommended no mass gatherings for 8 weeks . The CDC did NOT say Disney World must stay closed for 8 weeks. It’s March 19th, four days later, and Disney World still officially lists April 1st as their reopen date . The CDC recommendation is not law and does not prohibit Disney from reopening. I’m guessing Disney is taking a wait and see approach. Things are happening very fast with the corona virus . We are mass distributing tests and getting a better sense of where our infection level stands . We have basically shut the… Read more »

Paul Zimmerman
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Paul Zimmerman

I project it will be May sometime before they reopen at the earliest.

Justin Staub
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Justin Staub

I mean, this is essentially what the CDC has said, right? No crowds of 50+ until May 10th (8 weeks from the announcement). That HAS to be the “opening bid”, right?

Lea
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Lea

I agree with this projection.

Robert
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Robert

Other breaking news I’m sure will happen: Disney to increase costs of everything by 50% when it reopens. Because the Bobs are all about the Benjamins and they need to recover their billion dollar loss somehow.

Paul Zimmerman
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Paul Zimmerman

And ending free bread and water at table service restaurants.

Nick
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Nick

They’ll have to rely more on locals to fill the parks for a while so I’m predicting the exact opposite. I think we’ll see discounts.

Aaron
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Aaron

Wait… you think they’ll increase prices with lower demand? They won’t increase prices. They’ll probably have to lower them to encourage people to come to the parks. People aren’t going to want to travel for a good year after this clears up.

Sophie
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Sophie

They would never lower prices. No matter the cost people go. No lie. They’ll create ways to charge more. Attendance was down approximately 2 years ago and they raised pass holder prices, etc. They’re creative with their reasoning.

Lea
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Lea

There is talk about A Corona Virus outbreak again this Fall-Winter. We must be prepared for it the next time.

Louise
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Louise

There is NO doubt about it and then the other parks will too because Disney did. It ‘always’ happens, 95% of the time.

Tammy Marie Marcellus
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Tammy Marie Marcellus

I have a vacation coming in august. Hopefully they are open at that point

Shondeen Garcia
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Shondeen Garcia

well with all this going on ppl may not go to theam parks in a while because financially ppl will not pay 140 for a ticket so i hope you guys drop the price

Mike G
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Mike G

As long as it’s back open by the end of June I’ll be happy

Xantra Baker
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Xantra Baker

Mike they said in the middle of May they will reopen.

Ray
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Ray

This is NOT what they said

Disney Fan
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Disney Fan

Are they still doing construction, or will this push back all the openings for next year. If they are still doing construction maybe things will be done quicker

Shawn Miller
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Shawn Miller

Like idiots they have stopped construction. There was no reason for that as they would be uninterrupted all day and night. Could have completed early

Aaron
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Aaron

They just stopped construction. Yesterday I believe

James
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James

Disney fan you are forgetting that the construction workers have to abide by the limitations of the number of people that can gather together at one time…

Mike Moore
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Mike Moore

Vacation club members lose points if they were not banked that is what I was told

Capped
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Capped

DVC has communicated what will and won’t happen. Log in and see for yourself. Very few
will lose points.

Karen
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Karen

Yes when i called that’s what the cast member told me …which is crazy ..they need to make accommodations

Walt
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Walt

Maybe Disney can use this time to rethink that horrid, monstrosity of a color scheme that they choose for their MK castle. It just doesn’t fit the Magic Kingdom but, rather, like more like a Lot Vegas casino.

IronMouse
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IronMouse

or Disneyland?

Caleb
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Caleb

Sad times 😭. It is more important that we get the coronavirus figured out so we don’t keep spreading it. Stay safe everyone!

William
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William

And just when I was about to start training again to be a new Cast Member in Disneyland Resort, this happens. I was so ready to do my part to make a Guest’s stay magicial, but now….
Sigh

Well, we’ll get through this somehow, and when I do finally get to put my NameTag back on, I’ll want to do my part to make the clouds of this Cronavirus Crisis a thing of the past in the minds of our guests

Rodney Simonson
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Rodney Simonson

One Disney vacation cancelled, moved to May 1. Do not threatem me.😎

Xantra Baker
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Xantra Baker

Rodney Mine is the first week of June I’m am staying calm.

Ben shapire
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Ben shapire

No one is threatening go book your flight and have the risk of catching Covid 19

Stephanie Davis
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Stephanie Davis

Nothing is official yet until it is announced. Let’s hope they can reopen on April 1st but if not they will make the necessary arrangements and accommodations for all involved

Pam
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Pam

You all are in denial … this pandemic is barely ramping up in North America & it will get way worse for a long time before it gets better! It could be months. Until there is a vaccine (a year to 18 months away) health professionals are also predicting that even if the virus dies down by summer, it could come back again in the fall! There is just no predicting … there are too many unknowns. All schools will likely continue to be closed for the rest of the school year … there is no way Disney properties will… Read more »

Gary
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Gary

We have a trip planned beginning May 6. I think I’m going to reschedule it to November.

Randall
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Randall

Imagine the headlines if they reopen the parks while the pandemic is still official. I have WDW plans for mid-April. Already canceled my flight since they are now offering full refund. Prices for flights going down anyway. I’ll book later if it’s a go.

Wild Star
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Wild Star

Won’t open till next year it’s now a 10 person minimum and Disney has furlough all there cast members there’s no one left.

Ben shapire
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Ben shapire

Guys please mindfu, people are suffering from this virus… With that being said you might want to cancel your trips until further notice. No need to panic whether your trip will happen when this virus is killing thousands of people

Ben shapire
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Ben shapire

With the concerns of the virus you all should cancel and stay home this isn’t a matter whether well I had my trip planned people are losing lives and losing their family members Disney will be closed and who knows if they actually extend it if they do don’t be surprised this cornonavirus is really taking a toll on people’s lives so I think the parks can wait

Vanessa
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Vanessa

Your self-righteousness is not helpful. People are terrified and they are also frustrated. Keep in mind that while, yes, thousands of people are dying, there are many, many more whose lives have been upended.Everyone is doing their part to stop the spread, but that doesn’t mean everybody has to be joyful about it or sit around mourning and being somber all the time. It is normal to want to push negative, morbid thoughts out of your mind and think about something happy and reassuring in times like this. No one wants to think about the devastation lasting for months and… Read more »

Ben shapire
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Ben shapire

Well there was just man who recently died from the virus and was visiting Disney parks and universal parks
Everything he touched equals contamination
But hey to each is own people will find out quickly what’s ahead

Jessica
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Jessica

But you all don’t have to sound like you were born with silver spoons in your selfish mouths. If you want to take your mind off stuff go play a board game or hell go volunteer out there. I am a nurse who is high risk of dying from this shit, currently quarantined away from my family, and I doubt I will make it to our Disney trip we had scheduled for May due to Coronavirus. So take your complaining about high prices and no free bread or having to cancel your trip and be freaking grateful for what you… Read more »

Ann
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Ann

The parks can wait – if Disney promises to return vacation club points that you cannot use back to your account – to make you whole. I was told mine would expire on July 31, 2020. And there is no availability in May and June and July.

People have the right to be annoyed about upcoming vacations that cost thousands. If you do not like hearing that, stay off social media. Pretty sure everyone knows the severity of the virus, your comments aren’t needed.