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Friday morning Disney officials announced that Shanghai Disney would be closing indefinitely amid fears of the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
The closure is Disney’s effort to prevent and control the spread of the virus. Disney announced that it would refund all guests who had previously purchased park tickets, hotel bookings and other pre-purchased entertainment tickets.
No date has been announced for the park to reopen as China attempts to control the spread of this deadly virus.
China is currently on a seven-day Lunar New Year holiday and the closure will no doubt cost the park millions in reveune as Shanghair Disney would be packed with tourists and locals alike amid the celebrations. In fact, in 2019, Shanghai Disney had to stop selling park tickets to visitors because the park became too crowded.
Shanghai Disney completed out a resort-wide makeover this month for a four-week event through Feb. 9 to celebrate the Year of the Rat with its characters including Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse to capitalize on the holiday.
Said Disney via their website, “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 … starting Jan. 25,”
Coronavirus originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan. A reported 25 have already died and more than 800 people have been reported as infected. The disease has spread throughout Asia and appears to have even reached the United States as a airline passenger has been quarantined in LAX with symptoms. At least 10 cities in central Hubei province are currently facing travel restrictions, including Wuhan, where the disease was first discovered. Major cities including Beijing have canceled some or all Lunar New Year celebrations, a serious and rare move done in an attempt to stop the spread of cornoavirus. This move by Disney confirms the seriousness of this disease and China’s attempt to gain control over its spread.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
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(Source: Shanghaidisney.com, CNBC, CNN)