UPDATED March 27, 2020 4:45 PM
Disney has just announced updated information on park closures. Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed until further notice.
Please note that all of this information is as of the time of writing. For accurate, up-to-date information, please refer to the official links below! And always check with your physician for medical questions.
What is CoronaVirus (COVID-19)?
Let’s go straight to a reliable source for this information! From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
“A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.”
The primary symptoms of COVID-19 are Fever, Cough, and Shortness of Breath. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid exposure to people who are sick, wash your hands (with soap and for at least 20 seconds), and avoid touching your face.
How is CoronaVirus (COVID-19) Affecting Disney Cruise Line?
Disney Cruise Line has suspended all sailings through and including April 12, 2020.
On March 8, 2020, the CDC issued the following health alert: “U.S. citizens, particularly travelers with underlying health conditions, should not travel by cruise ship. CDC notes increased risk of infection of COVID-19 in a cruise ship environment. In order to curb the spread of COVID-19, many countries have implemented strict screening procedures that have denied port entry rights to ships and prevented passengers from disembarking. In some cases, local authorities have permitted disembarkation but subjected passengers to local quarantine procedures. While the U.S. government has evacuated some cruise ship passengers in recent weeks, repatriation flights should not be relied upon as an option for U.S. citizens under the potential risk of quarantine by local authorities.”
Disney Cruise Line has adjusted the change/cancel policy for most guests traveling between now and May 31, 2020.
“All Guests scheduled to depart on the Disney Magic between now and May 8, 2020, and the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and Disney Wonder between now and May 31, 2020, can change their reservation up until the day before embarkation and receive a 100% cruise credit to be used for a future sailing within 12 months of their original sail date by calling us at 1-866-325-2112 or 407-566-3510 or contacting their travel agent. The credit is non-refundable and standard prevailing rates will apply.”
Still planning to sail?
Here are a few more things to keep in mind!
- “Currently, any Guest or Crew Member who has traveled from, to or through China, including Hong Kong and Macau, South Korea, Italy, Iran or Japan, within 14 days of departure will not be able to board our ships.
- Any Guest or Crew Member who has been in contact with someone from these areas, including Guests with connecting flights in these locations, also will not be able to board, nor will anyone who has helped care for someone suspected of having or diagnosed with the coronavirus (COVID-19), or who is currently subject to health monitoring for possible exposure. Guests who have air travel booked through Disney Cruise Line will automatically have their flights rebooked on an alternate route. Guests who booked their own air travel arrangements should contact their airlines directly to make the appropriate changes.
- As is always our practice, we screen all Guests and Crew Members before they board, and anyone who feels unwell with gastrointestinal or flu-like symptoms (fever over 100.4º F, chills, cough or difficulty breathing) will not be permitted to sail.
- In addition, all Guests and Crew Members will have their temperature checked by a nurse with a no touch thermometer prior to boarding, regardless if they are symptomatic or feel unwell. Additional medical screening will be required for anyone with a temperature of 100.4º F or greater, and they along with their travel party may be unable to sail.
- For cruises that include a stop in Nassau or Castaway Cay, please note that The Bahamas will not allow anyone to disembark in any Bahamian port if they have been to China, South Korea, Italy or Iran in the past 20 days prior to arrival. These Guests may be able to sail but will be unable to visit The Bahamas.
- For cruises that include a stop in Jamaica, please note that in addition to the locations noted above, officials there also will not allow Guests who have traveled from, to or through Singapore within 14 days of arrival to come ashore. These Guests will be unable to sail.”
In addition, Disney Cruise Line has implemented additional training for crew members on preventing the spread of infection, increased extensive cleaning and sanitation of public areas, and will continue with health screenings prior to boarding.
How is CoronaVirus (COVID-19) Affecting Walt Disney World?
See Announcement Above!
Walt Disney World is currently welcoming guests and operating as normal, with some additional measures being taken to prevent the possible spread of infection. Additional hand sanitizer and hand wash stations have been added throughout the parks.
“As part of our commitment to the health and wellbeing of our Cast Members, Guests and the larger community, we are carefully monitoring the situation and are in regular contact with health agencies for information and guidance.
We continue to implement preventive measures in line with their recommendations and the input of our medical teams. We have health and safety protocols in place, including:
- Training for Cast Members, with ongoing reinforcement on a regular basis
- Defined cycles for frequent cleaning and disinfection of targeted areas
- Easy access to handwashing facilities and hand sanitizers
- Quick response to spills, trash and other situations
- End-of-day sanitation procedures for restroom, kitchen and other facilities
- Frequent cleaning and “wash down” of outdoor locations, including walkways and queues”
Walt Disney World has just announced a temporary change to their change/cancel policy and is allowing guests with booked reservations to make adjustments to their reservations without penalty provided they move to new dates in 2020.
How is CoronaVirus (COVID-19) Affecting Disneyland?
See Announcement Above!
Disneyland is also welcoming guests and operating as usual. They have implemented the same precautions at Walt Disney World. The temporary change to the change/cancel policy listed above for Walt Disney World also applies to Disneyland.
How is CoronaVirus (COVID-19) Affecting Other Disney Parks Around the World?
See Announcement Above!
All of the parks in Asia (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Shanghai Disneyland) are currently closed. (As of March 9, 2020, Shanghai Disneyland Park remains closed but Disneytown, Wishing Star Park, and the Disneyland Hotel have begun limited operations as part of a phased reopening.) Disneyland Paris is open and following similar protocols to Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
As with all things, be sure to check official sources. And if you have any concerns or underlying health conditions, consult with your physician.
What About Adventures by Disney?
Adventures by Disney has cancelled all trips through the end of April 2020.
Adventures by Disney has had to modify or cancel some itineraries to Europe and China. If your trip is cancelled by Adventures by Disney, guests can choose to reschedule or receive a refund. If a guest chooses to cancel by choice, the usual cancellation terms and conditions would apply.
Disney Cruise Line: https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/guest-services/advisory/
Walt Disney World: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/faq/parks/coronavirus-response/
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