It’s been 11 days since COVID-19 shut down nationwide operations of most businesses on March 16th, and even Disney has been hard hit with stringent CDC guidelines to avoid public gatherings of more than 10 people. Since then, Disneyland parks around the world have closed, starting with Shanghai Disneyland near the epicenter of the virus itself, which reopened a limited number of downtown shopping and dining attractions on March 9th. Disneyland USA officially shuttered its doors March 14, with Disney World following a day later, and people across the nation have been waiting for the latest Disney coronavirus update as to when the parks will reopen.
Right now the best way to get your Disney fix is by bingeing Disney+, but we all know there’s only so much longer we’ll be able to last before slipping into a Disney-deprived coma. So what can we expect from Disney operations in the near future?
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At this point, closures are expected to continue through May of this year, but could in fact be longer as the situation is constantly evolving each day. Dining and hotel reservations are allowing flexibility in changes, cancellations, and refunds. Prepurchased tickets will remain valid through varying dates no earlier than December 2020. Special event tickets will be automatically refunded.
This month was supposed to have been a big debut for Disney’s latest live-action remake of Mulan set for March 27th. Given that theaters are closed, Disney decided to recoup their losses spent on the $200 million dollar film by releasing it 2021. “New Mutants” suffered yet another delay in release that was set for April 3, including April 17th’s horror flick “Antlers” and Marvel’s “Black Widow.” As of now there are no set release dates scheduled.
Production of new movies like the Little Mermaid remake and Marvel’s “Shangh-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” have also been halted, meaning we’ll be feeling this ripple effect for years to come with works like:
- The “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” sequel, “Shrunk”
- Ridley Scott’s “The Last Duel”
- Disney Plus’ “Home Alone” reboot
- “Peter Pan and Wendy”
- Guillermo del Toro’s Searchlight movie, “Nightmare Alley”
All Disney cruises scheduled through April 12th have been canceled, including Disney Wonder, Disney Magic, Disney Dream, and Disney Fantasy. Guests will have the option to receive a full refund or future credit. Disney Magic European cruises are not scheduled till mid-May and are currently under deliberation as to whether they will take place as scheduled.
Now for some positives that Disney has been able to do despite the virus pandemic.
Disneyland and Disney World have been giving back to community by donating food with the Second Harvest Food Bank to deliver fresh fruit vegetables, packaged goods, dairy, and banquet meals at sites throughout Orange County and central Florida. The parks partner with Second Harvvest each year to donate over 1.2 million meals to local food banks as part of their ongoing food donation programs to eliminate food waste.
Disney VoluntEARS and cast members have also contributed their time and effort to sort and distribute these food donations. Disneyland Paris has also donated 15 tons of food to local communities. It’s a strong reminder that we are “all in this together” in the midst of uncertainty, and that Disney is still able to touch lives around the world.
Keep informed about new Disney coronavirus updates, and stay healthy and safe!