Just days after universal studios announced that they will remain closed due to the coronavirus, the Walt Disney Company has released a statement saying that both Disneyland and Walt Disney world will remain closed until further notice.
The company also states that they will be paying their hourly parks and resorts cast members through April 18. Sadly, it looks like the parks will remain closed through all of April but cast members may take a hit.
Below is the state the Walt Disney Company released today:
While there is still much uncertainty with respect to the impacts of COVD-19, the safety and well-being of our guests and employees remains 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.
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The U.S. parks have been closed since March 15, with the parks overseas being closed since January/February. Shanghai Disney Resort has slowly opened restaurant and shopping locations, though their theme park remains closed.
For annual passholders who are on payment plans, Disney has stated that payments will continue but will extend the expiration dates of passes through the length of parks closure. The company also has other things in the works to compensate their guests. As of now their is now official opening dates for any of the Disney parks across the globe.