Disney and other major theme parks close, suspend operations due to coronavirus


ORLANDO (KLAS) — The list of major theme parks temporarily closing due to coronavirus is growing and now includes Knotts Berry Farms and Six Flags Magic Mountain. Disney announced the closure of its theme parks in California, Florida and Paris on Thursday.

Six Flags Magic Mountain and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in California have suspended operations until the end of March. The parks have not reported any COVID-19 cases on property.

Knott’s Berry Farm will be closed starting March 14. However, the hotel will remain open. The park also noted it has not experienced any coronavirus cases.

The Disney company issued a statement regarding Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Disneyland Paris and its cruise line. It reads in part, “In an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our guests and employees, 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 company earlier announced the closure of Disneyland Park and California Adventure Park from March 14 through the end of the month. There have reportedly been no cases of coronavirus at the resort.

Hotels on resort campuses will reportedly remain open “until further notice.” Retail and dining complexes will also remain open.

University Studios Hollywood will also close temporarily starting March 14. They plan to reopen March 28.

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