Disneyland Braces for Its Longest Closure in the Park’s History

Coronavirus temporarily shutters the Happiest Place on Earth

The Walt Disney Company announced today that Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks will close at midnight Friday, March 13, and will not reopen until next month. This will be the longest closure in the park’s 65-year history. Guests already staying at the Disneyland hotels will be allowed to stay until Monday to make travel arrangements. Disney announced that the closure was a response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order limiting gatherings in the state to a maximum of 250 people to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The Downtown Disney shopping district will remain open and park employees will continue to be paid during the shutdown.

The park’s first unplanned closure came in 1963 following President Kennedy’s assassination. A protest by “Yippies” on Tom Sawyer’s Island caused another closure in 1970, and the park was briefly closed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The unprecedented long-term closure of Walt Disney’s original park brings to a total of four Disney park locations (Tokyo, Shanghai, and Hong Kong were shuttered last month) that remain closed around the world.

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