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‘See you real soon’: Disney World officially closes its doors amid coronavirus; more Disney closures announced

Disney's Magic Kingdom park. (Dreamstime/TNS)

As Disney lovers waved goodbye to Walt Disney World, which closed Sunday night in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the company announced that several park-adjacent hotels, dining and shopping experiences would also shut down.

The additional closures include Disney-owned and -operated locations Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California, and Disney Springs in Orlando, Florida, both of which will shut down Tuesday. Non-Disney tenants in those locations “will make decisions on whether to continue or adjust operations,” read an announcement from Disney Parks shortly after midnight Monday morning.

Walt Disney World Resort and Vero Beach Resort will close at 5 p.m. on Friday to allow existing guests to make other arrangements. All Disney stores in North America will close Tuesday.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and maintain regular contact with the appropriate officials and health experts,” the Twitter announcement added. It did not include any projected re-opening dates.

Meanwhile, Walt Disney World wrapped up Sunday night, welcoming guests in Orlando for the final time before closing its doors – the final Disney park to do so over coronavirus concerns. The closure, which was announced Thursday, is scheduled to continue through the end of the month.

Huge crowds turned out to watch the Magic Kingdom’s last fireworks show and waved goodbye to Mickey, Minnie, their friends and Disney World President Josh D’Amaro (wearing a Mickey glove of his own).


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