Disney World, Disneyland to stay closed indefinitely amid coronavirus pandemic

Citing an “increasingly complex crisis,” Disneyland and Disney World are going to stay closed “until further notice” due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Walt Disney Company said Friday.

The company’s decision dashes hopes that the fabled theme parks would reopen by next month, as had been previously announced.  Earlier this week, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood announced they were extending their closures through April 19.

For Disney, the concern was about making sure park-goers and employees aren’t exposed to virus.

“While there is still much uncertainty with respect to the impacts of COVID-19, the safety and well-being of our guests and employees remains the Walt Disney Company’s top priority,” the company said in a email statement. It said the decision was “in line with direction provided by health experts and government officials.”