Last night was a very surreal and sad night as we experienced the historic event of Walt Disney World closing for at least two weeks. As we watched Happily Ever After and the impact that this has on many of us that come to the parks on a regular basis and those that have had great disappointment in having to cancel their vacations, the reality began to set in. Our hearts go out to the Disney College Program participants who have worked so hard for “The Boss” and those International workers that we have grown to love, as well as the cast members who make magic every day. In the words of Walt Disney himself; “Life is composed of lights and shadows, and we would be untruthful, insincere and saccharine if we tried to pretend their were no shadows.” Profound…
As we waved goodbye (for now) to Mickey and Minnie and all the gang, it was comforting to see the President and CEO of Walt Disney World as well, reassuring us that the magic of Disney is still alive. However, the safety of everyone is the first priority above all and with that Disney issued a statement last night regarding the closer of their Resorts and Disney Spring restaurants and shops.
It is with an abundance of caution and in the best interests of guests and cast members that we have closed the theme parks and water parks at Walt Disney World Resort from March 16th through March 31st.
Disney owned hotels and resorts along with Disney’s Vero Beach Resort will close beginning at 5:00pm EST on Friday, March 20th through the end of the month. This will give guests the ability to make other arrangements.
At Disney Springs, we will be closing all Disney-owned and operated locations beginning Tuesday, March 17th through the end of the month. Select restaurants and retail locations at Disney Springs may remain open and guests should call the location they wish to visit for operating hours.
Below, you will find more information regarding impacts to current and upcoming plans. Please continue to check back for additional updates at spokesmayne.co as well as the Walt Disney World website.
Let’s remember that we in the Disney community and beyond will stay positive and do our part in making things safe for everyone and hopefully continue to bring the magic to those that need it the most.