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‘See You Real Soon’: Disney World Officially Closes Its Doors Amid Coronavirus

Truly a historic day, the last of the Disney Parks, Walt Disney World, closed last night due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Currently, the park will remain closed through March 31, 2020. Check out a video and a photo of the March 15 park closing from USA Today below:

As Disney lovers waved goodbye to Walt Disney World, which closed Sunday night in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the company announced that several park-adjacent hotels, dining and shopping experiences would also shut down. SEE VIDEO HERE.

The additional closures include Disney-owned and -operated locations Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California, and Disney Springs in Orlando, Florida, both of which will shut down Tuesday (March 20, 2020). Non-Disney tenants in those locations “will make decisions on whether to continue or adjust operations,” read an announcement from Disney Parks shortly after midnight Monday morning. 

Walt Disney World Resort and Vero Beach Resort will close at 5 p.m. on Friday to allow existing guests to make other arrangements. All Disney stores in North America will close Tuesday. 

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Guests gather on Main Street USA, in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in the final minutes before the park closed, Sunday night, March 15, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Photo Source: USA Today

“We will continue to monitor the situation and maintain regular contact with the appropriate officials and health experts,” the Twitter announcement added. It did not include any projected re-opening dates. 

Meanwhile, Walt Disney World wrapped up Sunday night, welcoming guests in Orlando for the final time before closing its doors – the final Disney park to do so over coronavirus concerns. The closure, which was announced Thursday, is scheduled to continue through the end of the month.

Huge crowds turned out to watch the Magic Kingdom’s last fireworks show and waved goodbye to Mickey, Minnie, their friends and Disney World President Josh D’Amaro (wearing a Mickey glove of his own). 

Source: USAToday.com

About Mike and Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 15 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.