Disneyland Closure Possible After City of Anaheim Bans Large Gatherings in Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

UPDATE: A recent update on the gathering ban in California has clarified that the ban does not specifically include Disneyland Resort.

Disneyland has stated in an internal memo that they are monitoring the developing situation closely.


Guests planning to visit the Disneyland Resort should be advised that the City of Anaheim––the home of Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure, Downtown Disney District, and its adjacent resorts––has just issued new guidelines calling for the modification of postponement of non-essential gatherings of 250 or more people through March 31 out of precaution for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The move comes after Orange County declared a local health emergency due to the ongoing pandemic.

Non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people, while smaller events can proceed only if the organizers can implement social distancing of 6 feet per person. Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people, while also following social distancing guidelines.

The state’s updated policy defines a “gathering” as any event or convening that brings together people in a single room or single space at the same time, such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, cafeteria, or any other indoor or outdoor space.

This guidance applies to all non-essential professional, social and community gatherings regardless of their sponsor. The full announcement can be found here, and the full policy can be found here.

A similar ban, albeit of 1,000 people, was recently issued in France, yet operations at Disneyland Paris continue, albeit severely limited for now.

As of the writing of this article, there have been no announced plans to close the Disneyland Resort. If it were to close, it would be the first US Disney park to do so during the Coronavirus outbreak, with only Disneyland Paris and select portions of Shanghai Disneyland being the only Disney parks currently operating outside of the US.

We’ll be keeping our eyes on developments here in Florida and in California, as well as in Paris, and Tokyo, Shanghai, and Hong Kong regarding the COVID-19 outbreak’s effect on Disney Parks operations and beyond. For all of the latest Coronavirus-related Disney Parks news throughout the ongoing pandemic, continue to check here.

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