The recent Coronavirus outbreak in China has some dire consequences for people who are hoping to visit Disneyland in Shanghai. It has been revealed that the theme park had been closed down in fear of spreading the disease to its visitors.
The official Shanghai Disney Resort website has issued a statement confirming that the theme park will be closed until further notice.
"In response to the prevention and control of the disease outbreak and in order to ensure the health and safety of our guests and Cast, Shanghai Disney Resort is temporarily closing Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown including Walt Disney Grand Theatre and Wishing Star Park, starting January 25, 2020," the statement read. "We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and be in close contact with the local government, and we will announce the reopening date upon confirmation."
This is bad news indeed for people who have already made plans to visit the theme park. However, the site assures that visitors who have purchased tickets will get a refund.
"Shanghai Disney Resort will assist in the refund for guests who have purchased tickets for admission to Shanghai Disneyland, have booked a resort hotel, or have booked tickets for Beauty and the Beast Mandarin Production through the original ticket purchase channel, and we will introduce the detailed procedure and guidelines via the resort's official platform as soon as possible. We wish our guests a healthy and happy Spring Festival!" the statement reads.
It's an unfortunate time for an outbreak considering that people are hoping to visit Shanghai Disneyland in time for the Lunar New Year. However, it is best to avoid crowded areas right now in China.
The Coronavirus outbreak was first reported in Wuhan in China but has reportedly spread to other cities in China. You can learn more about the disease here.