With the number of positive cases in Florida currently reaching more than 130 as of Sunday evening (March 15), and three deaths from COVID-19 in Florida, we understand the need to close something as popular as the Walt Disney World Parks with growing Coronavirus concerns.
A local television station – WESH 2, serves the Orlando, FL area and captured aerial footage of the almost eerie, and empty Walt Disney World Parks.
Click here to watch the video on the WESH2 site of the first day of the Walt Disney World Parks closures – March 16, 2020.
Walt Disney World Resort Operations are reporting:
In an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our Guests and Cast Members, we have closed the theme parks and water parks at Walt Disney World Resort from March 16 through March 31, 2020.
Disney owned-and-operated hotels at Walt Disney World Resort and Disney’s Vero Beach Resort will close beginning at 5:00 PM on Friday, March 20 through the end of the month. This will give Guests the ability to make other arrangements.
At Disney Springs, we will be closing all Disney owned-and-operated locations beginning Tuesday, March 17 through the end of the month. Select restaurants and retail locations at Disney Springs may remain open and Guests should call the location they wish to visit for operating hours.
The Walt Disney Company will pay its Cast Members during this closure period.
We will continue to stay in close contact with appropriate officials and health experts.
For more information about the Walt Disney World Operations including closures, refunds and cancellations, click here.
Video Source: https://www.wesh.com/