Disney to shut Hong Kong Disneyland again as coronavirus cases rise

Marco Green
July 13, 2020

Hong Kong Disneyland will shutter again starting on July 15 due to a spike in cases of coronavirus, after about a month back in operation.

This closure comes as a requirement by the government and health authorities, in line with the COVID-19 prevention efforts taking place across Hong Kong after news broke of a new outbreak of cases. The Orlando-based venue opened up a large portion of its parks over the weekend to visitors despite record-breaking coronavirus case counts in the state that far outstrip the surge Hong Kong is now experiencing.

Hong Kong Disneyland, which is majority-owned (53%) by the Hong Kong government, reopened in June.

Refund requests can be made on or before September 30 for unused park tickets, unused Magic Access, and other unused park-related products and services like tours, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique experiences and meal vouchers that have not expired. They have put in place enhanced health and safety measures, the company said.

The announcement came two days after Disney reopened its biggest resort, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, as coronavirus cases surged in the state. Since late January, the Chinese-ruled city has reported 1,522 cases and local media reported an eighth death on Monday. Florida has been described as an epicenter for the coronavirus pandemic. The state now has 269,803 cases, with 4,241 deaths. Out of those cases, 41 are believed to be locally transmitted, causing officials to worry about a third wave of infections. In response, the government has tightened social distancing measures.

Why it matters: Entertainment executives have been looking to Hong Kong, as well as mainland China, to forecast how and when to safely reopen venues around the world.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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