Because of the Coronavirus outbreak in China, Shanghai Disneyland and Disneytown are closing. Get all the details plus read the official statement from Disney.
We don’t usually cover international Disney news, but we feel the closing of an entire Disney theme park is something to discuss.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak in China, the park will be closed beginning January 25, 2020 (local time). There is no reopening date announced. However, in an official statement, Disney said it will be working closely with the local Chinese government. A reopening announcement will be made when it’s safe for guests to visit again.
Shanghai Disney Resort will assist in the refund for guests who have purchased tickets for admission to Shanghai Disneyland, have booked a resort hotel, or have booked tickets for Beauty and the Beast Mandarin Production.
This comes right in the middle of the busy Lunar New Year Festival. This is a very popular time for Shanghai Disney, kind of like our Christmas or 4th of July busy seasons.
Read the full statement from the Shanghai Disneyland website below:
In response to the prevention and control of the disease outbreak and in order to ensure the health and safety of our guests and Cast, Shanghai Disney Resort is temporarily closing Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown including Walt Disney Grand Theatre and Wishing Star Park, starting January 25, 2020.
We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and be in close contact with the local government, and we will announce the reopening date upon confirmation.
Shanghai Disney Resort will assist in the refund for guests who have purchased tickets for admission to Shanghai Disneyland, have booked a resort hotel, or have booked tickets for Beauty and the Beast Mandarin Production through the original ticket purchase channel, and we will introduce the detailed procedure and guidelines via the resort’s official platforms as soon as possible.
We wish our guests a healthy and happy Spring Festival!
Shanghai Disney Resort
January 24, 2020
Hong Kong Disneyland
Additionally, it seems that Hong Kong Disneyland is taking precautions but is not closing. All face character meet-and-greets have been suspended. However, full-bodied characters are still meeting.
We will keep you updated if Hong Kong Disneyland temporarily closes due to health and safety reasons.
How to Stay Healthy
This is the time of year when viruses spread very easily. It is a good idea to plan and prepare for any type of outbreak. Frequently washing your hands with soap is your best defense. Carrying hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes are also a good idea as well.
You can bring face masks for every member of your travel party and make sure you take your vitamins! And, of course, if you are feeling unwell, it may be wise to cancel your trip and seek medical attention.
Christina has many more tips for keeping healthy while at Disney. Check them out HERE.
We at Kenny the Pirate are hoping everyone stays healthy this winter, both here in the United States and abroad.
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