UPDATE: Disneyland Paris has closed to the public from a Saturday 14th March 2020. It was decided for the closure date to be moved forward two days after recommendation from French government.
Disneyland Paris will temporarily close its gates to the public from 16th March as a precaution to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, it has been announced.
French government have recently advised that all large gatherings in the country to be postponed to decrease the likelihood of COVID-19 spreading to members of the public, specifically those most vulnerable. As Disneyland Paris is the No. 1 tourist destination in Europe, seeing tens of thousands of guests every single day, the decision has been made for the resort to temporarily close to help combat the spread of the virus.
In an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of our theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Paris Resort, beginning at the close of business on Sunday, March 15, through the end of the month.
Official statement from Disney
Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park will close from Monday 16th March until the end of the month. Although Disney Village and the Disney Hotels will remain open, guests with trips planned during this timeframe are being advised not to travel to the resort. Those currently in the resort have also been recommended to make arrangements on getting home within the next two days. Cast Members will be paid during this forced downtime.
Safety is the first of the Four Keys of standards for any Disney park, meaning the health and wellbeing of guests and Cast Members must always take priority above all else.
The decision to close Disneyland Paris comes after several limitations, restrictions and cancellations were made throughout the past week. The Princess Pavilion and face characters were the first to see an indefinite pause of operation with enclosed spaces such as Single Rider queues next. On Wednesday it was announced that the 13th March Annual Pass exclusive event Disneyland Park Adventures had been cancelled, with announcement that all shows, parades and nighttime spectaculars were not to run coming hours later.
Disneyland Paris was announced to be closing due to the outbreak at the same time as Walt Disney World Resort in a global statement by Disney. In January both Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disney Resort announced they would close for an unspecified number of time. Tokyo Disney Resort has also closed in an prolonged suspension which has been extended until at least April. Yesterday, mere hours before DLP revealed its closure, Disneyland Resort in Anaheim started they too will be closing until the end of the month. This means, from 16th March 2020, every Disney resorts in the world will be closed at the same time.
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