Walt Disney World & Universal Orlando resorts closing amid COVID-19 pandemic

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ORLANDO, Fla. – The Walt Disney World Resort, including its theme parks, announced Thursday that it will temporarily close to guests on Sunday night, according to a statement from a spokesperson.

“We are proceeding with the closure of our theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Paris Resort, beginning at the close of business on Sunday, March 15, through the end of the month,” the statement read.

Disney Cruise Line said it was suspending new departures beginning Saturday, also through the end of the month.

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The hotels, according to the statement, at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris will remain open until further notice. The retail and dining complexes will also remain open. Disney Springs will also remain open.

Moments after the announcement, Universal Orlando Resort announced Thursday it too will close its theme parks at the end of business on Sunday.

According to WKMG in Orlando, they plan to remain closed through the end of the month. The hotels and CityWalk plan to remain open.

The Associated Press reports SeaWorld and Busch Gardens will also be closing Sunday night for at least two weeks.

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