Walt Disney World theme parks closed until further notice

Mar 27, 2020 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Disney has announced this afternoon that its domestic theme parks, which include both Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California, will remain closed until further notice due to the impacts of the coronavirus.

In the statement, Disney also confirmed that the company will continue to pay its "hourly" Cast Members through April 18 2020. It isn't clear what the pay situation will be for salaried Cast Members.

The company originally announced on March 13 that normal operations at Walt Disney World would be temporarily suspended at the close of business on Sunday March 15 2020 through to the end of March 2020.

This is the full statement from Disney:

While there is still much uncertainty with respect to the impacts of COVID-19, the safety and well-being of our Guests and employees remain 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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Article Posted: Mar 27, 2020 / 3:52pm ET