Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, to close

LOS ANGELES — Disneyland announced Thursday it would be shutting its doors starting Saturday through the end of March in the wake of growing concerns in the U.S. and around the world about the coronavirus pandemic. 

Another big southern California attraction, Universal Studios Hollywood, is also closing for two weeks.

The Disneyland Resort, the name for the larger complex in Anaheim, Calif., that includes Disneyland, California Adventure theme park, the Downtown Disney dining and shopping complex and hotels, said it is hasn’t had any reports of COVID-19, as the coronavirus is also known. 

But after reviewing California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order to call off large gatherings and “in the best interest of our guests and employees,” it is going to close the two adjoining theme parks, it said in a statement.

“The hotels of Disneyland Resort will remain open until Monday, March 16, to give guests the ability to make necessary travel arrangements; Downtown Disney will remain open,” the statement continued. “We will monitor the ongoing situation and follow the advice and guidance of federal and state officials and health agencies. Disney will continue to pay cast members during this time.”

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