Disney was planning to launch Disney+ in Europe this month however it seems like the spread of COVID-19 has disrupted the house of mouse’s plans. The Walt Disney Company has officially cancelled its plans for the European launch event of its new streaming site because of the concerns over COVID-19, a disease caused by the novel coronavirus otherwise known as SARS-CoV-2. The virus has infected more than 90,000 individuals around the globe. Out of the 90,000 infected, 3000 have passed away due to the disease.
According to ComicBook.com, Disney sent out a cancellation notice o the media, informing the press that the event which was scheduled to take place at the Exhibition London on March 15 has been duly cancelled. The Mickey Mouse House was supposed to kick off the European launch of Disney+ by celebrating with exclusive presentations from creators, executives, and special guests. However, the company decided to scrap the event which would have gathered hundreds of attendees because of the fear of the spread of COVID-19.
“Due to a number of media attendee cancellations and increasing concerns at the prospect of traveling internationally at this time, we have decided to cancel our Disney+ launch events scheduled to take place on Thursday and Friday,” Disney wrote in its event cancellation notice.
While this might sound like a major disappointment, COVID-19 isn’t stopping Disney from offering Disney+ to the European market. Despite the cancelled launch event, the company will continue promoting the streaming site’s European launch through social media.
Disney+ will finally be made available to Europe this March. The streaming site has been available in the US since late 2019.