In an announcement from the Walt Disney Co, The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida will temporarily close in response to the COVID-19 virus. The closure will go into effect Sunday, Mar. 15 and continue until further notice. Disneyland Paris Resort will also temporarily close and Disney Cruise will suspend all new departures.

“Out of 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. Disney Cruise Line will suspend all new departures beginning Saturday, March 14, through the end of the month,” the company said in a statement.

Cast members will continue to be paid during the closure and hotels at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris will remain open until further notice along with the retail and dining complexes at Walt Disney World and Disney Village at Disneyland Paris. 

This announcement comes on the heels of reports that Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., would temporarily close starting Saturday through the end of the month. 

Domestic Walt Disney employees are asked to work from home including those at The Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Television, ESPN, Direct-toConsumer, and Parks, Experiences and Products.

—Jennifer Swartvagher

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