The Walt Disney Company has made some big decisions today due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, starting with the closure of Disneyland through the end of March.
“While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Disneyland Resort, after carefully reviewing the guidelines of the Governor of California’s executive order and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, beginning the morning of March 14 through the end of the month,” said the company.
California Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday recommended canceling or postponing gatherings of 250 or more people through at least March.
Disney added: “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. 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.
“Disneyland Resort will work with guests who wish to change or cancel their visits, and will provide refunds to those who have hotel bookings during this closure period. We anticipate heavy call volume over the next several days and appreciate guests’ patience as we work hard to respond to all inquiries.”
— Disney Parks News (@DisneyParksNews) March 12, 2020
UPDATE: The Walt Disney Company has announced that the theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Paris Resort will be closed starting on Sunday, March 15, through the end of the month. Disney Cruise Line will suspend all new departures beginning Saturday, March 14, through the end of the month.
— Disney Parks News (@DisneyParksNews) March 13, 2020
As far as movies, Disney has also delayed the releases of Mulan (previously set for March 27), The New Mutants (previously April 3), and Antlers (previously April 17). They join movies such as A Quiet Place Part II, F9, No Time to Die and Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway as one of the major films to be delayed due to the pandemic.
Mulan stars Yifei Liu (The Forbidden Kingdom, Once Upon a Time), Donnie Yen (Star Wars: Rogue One), Jason Scott Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny), Yoson An (The Meg), and Utkarsh Ambudkar (Pitch Perfect).
Also starring are Ron Yuan (Marco Polo), Tzi Ma (Arrival), Rosalind Chao (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Cheng Pei-Pei (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Nelson Lee; Chum Ehelepola, with Gong Li (Memoirs of a Geisha, Raise the Red Lantern) and Jet Li (Shaolin Temple, Lethal Weapon 4).
The fearless and spirited eldest daughter of an honored warrior, Mulan is the apple of her father’s eye. When the Emperor mobilizes his troops to fight the onslaught of invaders from the North, she masquerades as a man to take the place of her ailing father under the name Hua Jun, setting her on an adventure that will transform her into a legendary warrior.
When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father.
Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation… and a proud father.
Mulan is directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider, McFarland USA) from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (Jurassic World, In the Heart of the Sea) and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.”
Disney shared the following statement from Niki Caro regarding the delay:
To be released by Disney’s 20th Century Studios, The New Mutants is an original horror thriller set in an isolated hospital where a group of young mutants is being held for psychiatric monitoring. When strange occurrences begin to take place, both their new mutant abilities and their friendships will be tested as they battle to try and make it out alive.
The film’s cast includes Anya Taylor-Joy as Illyana Rasputin/Magik, a Russian mutant with sorcery powers and the sister of Colossus; Maisie Williams as Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane, a Scottish mutant with the power to turn into a wolf; and Charlie Heaton as Sam Guthrie/Cannonball, an American mutant who can propel himself into the air.
Also starring are Henry Zaga as Roberto da Costa/Sunspot, a Brazilian mutant with the ability to manipulate solar energy; Blu Hunt as Danielle Moonstar/Mirage, a Native American mutant who has the power to create illusions from the fears and desires of a person’s mind; and Alice Braga as Cecilia Reyes, a mentor to the group and a medical doctor who has the ability to generate a protective bio-field around herself.
Directed by Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars), The New Mutants was written by Boone and Knate Lee.
In Antlers, a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, discover that a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) is harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences.
In addition to Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons, the film also stars JT Corbitt, Graham Greene, Scott Haze, Rory Cochrane, and Amy Madigan.
Directed by Scott Cooper, the screenplay was written by C. Henry Chaisson & Nick Antosca and Scott Cooper, based upon the short story The Quiet Boy by Nick Antosca. You can read Nick Antosca’s short story by clicking here. The producers are Guillermo del Toro, David Goyer, and J. Miles Dale.