Coronavirus: Disneyland CLOSES due to COVID 19: 5 times the theme park was shut

Disneyland and California Adventure will be closed from March 14th because of the Coronavirus outbreak. Read on to know more.
Coronavirus: Disneyland CLOSES due to COVID 19: 5 times the theme park was shutCoronavirus: Disneyland CLOSES for the fourth time in history due to COVID 19 outbreak

Walt Disney announced on Thursday that they will be closing Disneyland and California Adventure, its theme park in the wake of the novel coronavirus. Even though there haven’t been any reports regarding the cases of CONVID-19 at these parks, but officials on Thursday confirmed that the parks will remain closed until the end of March. 

It has also been reported that Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, the Disney Cruise Line and Disneyland Paris will also close on March 14th until the end of the month. This is the first time for Disneyland to close for multiple days in a row and it is the fourth time in history that Disneyland and Disney California closed its gates amid the ongoing coronavirus scare. The company in a statement said that they are keeping a close eye on the ongoing situation and will follow the guidelines of the health agencies and other officials regarding the safety of people. 

They also ensured the employees working at Disney that they may continue to pay the cast members during this time. The company will also be providing refunds to the guests who had hotel bookings during the closure period. The decision of closing the parks came after the ban on all gatherings was declared by Governor Gavin Newsom. 

There have been several occasions in the past when the gates of this happiest place on Earth were closed unexpectedly. 

 

1. John F Kennedy’s Assassination 

Disneyland was shut down on November 25, 1963, after the assassination of former US President John F. Kennedy. 

2. Northridge Earthquake 

One of the biggest earthquakes in the history of North America, the Northridge Earthquake, led to the shutdown of Disneyland in 1994. The park was closed for inspection to ensure safety for the people. 

3. Hurricane Floyd 

Disney World went without a closure for 28 years until Hurricane Floyd. The sudden weather change led to an unexpected shut down of the place in 1999. Magic Kingdom, Downtown Disney, and the waterparks were also closed due to the hurricane. 

4. 9/11 Attack 

The horrific event of 11 September 2001 – the attack on Twin Towers led to the most unanticipated closure of Disneyland and Disney World. It was closed due to the fear that Disneyland could be the next target following these attacks. The parks opened the following day with new security measures. 

5. Hurricanes 

In 2004, Walt Disney World was closed due to extreme weather changes that occurred due to Hurricane Charley in August, Hurricane Frances and Hurricane Jeanne in September. Hurricane Mathew led to another unforeseen closure in the year 2004. Walt Disney World was closed in the evening of October 6 and remained closed the following day.  Disney Springs and the parks were closed late night on September 9 due to Hurricane Irma. They remained closed for two consecutive days.

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