BREAKING NEWS Walt Disney World Extends Closures

This evening, after the stock market closed, the @DisneyParksNews twitter account released a statement that the Walt Disney World and Disneyland closures would be extended until further notice and Disney cast members (not including operating partners) would be paid through April 18, 2020.

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While there is still much uncertainty with respect to the impacts of COVID-19, the safety and well-being of our guests and employees remain The Walt Disney Company's top priority. 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 Walt Disney Company has been paying its Cast Members since the closure of the parks, and in light of this ongoing and increasingly complex crisis, we have made the decision to extend paying hourly parks and resorts Cast Members through April 18.

Potential guests will also notice that the closure statement on the website has been changed to reflect the uncertainty of the reopening date. Earlier this week Orange and Osceola Counties which Walt Disney World is located in announced stay-at-home orders reaching through April 9th, 2020 at the earliest. Disney has said that it will continue to comply with all local, state and federal guidelines.

In addition the Disney Cruise Line is suspending all new departures beginning Saturday, March 14, 2020 through April 12, 2020.

This will surely disappoint many Disney travelers who need to cancel future vacations. However, the safety and well-being of both guests and Cast Members remains the top priority of the Walt Disney Company. All of us here at Walt Disney World for Grown-ups wish you and your family the best during this interesting time. We will continue to cover your favorite vacation spot, and look forward to the reopening of Disney Parks and Resorts. Until that time stay safe, stay strong, stay home.

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