Disney World, Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris all closed on or around March 16th, 2020 in response to the worldwide effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing. The original timeframe was two weeks, but it quickly became obvious that Disney World and the other parks would not reopen at the time especially after Disney Cruise Line announced a 30-day closure, and Disney World sent home all of their international acts in EPCOT’s World Showcase and ended their College Program internship early.
The announcement was made soon thereafter that the parks would remain closed “indefinitely”. This unprecedented move has people singing the blues on social media.
Questions abound, but one thing is palpable: Disney fans are incredibly sad that Disney has shuttered its parks worldwide effectively canceling vacations for the foreseeable future.
Now, the earliest reservation available at Disney’s domestic parks is June 1st, but some even wonder if that will be pushed back.
So why are we so, so sad?
Disneyland became the definition of happiness. When Disney World opened as the Most Magical Place on Earth, it set Disney on a course to become one of the most popular vacation destinations in the entire world.
Let’s face it: Disney is Magic.
Disney World, for many, became a constant in our lives of uncertainty. It became home for many Disney Vacation Club members and a favorite destination for many others. We could plan a vacation anytime we wanted to. Even planning a vacation was an escape from the confines of the real world. Disney was always there.
When we visit Disney World, we can leave all out worries behind. During our stay, we don’t have to worry about anything! Disney takes care of it all and literally makes your wish their command. When you arrived in Disney World, somehow the outside world didn’t exist.
But that is gone. The magic, the happiness, the carefree days… are all gone.
But the closure is only temporary.
Disney will reopen. The magic will return. The happiness will fill our hearts again.
In the meantime, Disney has made it possible for you to enjoy the magic of Disney from the comfort and safety of your own home. #DisneyMagicMoments offers videos, of everything from Olaf to the JaMMitors. You can even take some virtual rides through beloved attractions like it’s a small world, learn how to draw some of your favorite Disney characters, and hear Disney stories from familiar faces.
So don’t worry! We’ll be home soon!
What do you miss most about Disney World?