The Disneyland Resort will comply with California state guidelines regarding the COVID-19 outbreak; the fourth time the park has closed completely in its 64 year history.
In a statement issued to Variety, Disney said, “While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Disneyland Resort, after carefully reviewing the guidelines of the Governor of California’s executive order and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, beginning the morning of March 14 through the end of the month. The Hotels of Disneyland Resort will remain open until Monday, March 16 to give guests the ability to make necessary travel arrangements; Downtown Disney will remain open. We will monitor the ongoing situation and follow the advice and guidance of federal and state officials and health agencies. Disney will continue to pay cast members during this time.” Currently, wait times in the at the two Disneyland resort theme parks remain fairly high for a rainy day in Southern California with E-ticket attractions like Space Mountain posting 100-minute waits.
The move to close follows criticism online after California Governor Gavin Newsom gave Disneyland and a few other theme parks an exemption from the order to halt gatherings larger than 250 people; noting their “unique” situations. That uniqueness seems to have changed in a handful of hours.
Variety also notes Disney parks in Asia closed as the outbreak began in January with certain entertainment facilities in those resorts recently reopening. The parks themselves remain closed, however.
Closing Disneyland — and presumably LA area theme parks Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and Universal Studios Hollywood — will be part of an effort to clamp down on the spread of the virus. Additionally, Governor Newsom signed an order allowing the state to take control of hotels and hospitals as it prepares for the outbreak.