Here is yesterday's Covid-19 travel news, in case you missed anything.Welcome to the second day of our ongoing live news blog with updates on how the global Covid-19 novel coronavirus pandemic is affecting travel.
[6:58pm ET] This is a global travel crisis, and airlines in the United States are looking to the federal government for a bailout. Delta, for example, is cutting capacity by 40 precent, parking up to 300 aircraft due to the falloff in demand.
Looking broadly, some businesses are not going to survive this, and they might be big ones if the cancelations and shutdowns persist beyond a couple of weeks. The only question is which ones. There's a famous Warren Buffet quote, "you only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out." Well, it's out now.
[6:54pm ET] The Disneyland Paris Resort has moved its closure up to tomorrow, rather than Monday as originally planned.
[5:28pm ET] And now, Legoland California closes. I think that means that every park in America that I've ever heard of will be closed by Monday.
[4:39pm ET] Walt Disney World is extending annual passes and valid use periods on certain multi-day tickets as a result of its shutdown this month. Find out about more Disney ticket and hotel changes.
Also, the Themed Entertainment Association has rescheduled its TEA Summit and Thea Awards Gala at the Disneyland Resort to to July 9-11. The event had been scheduled for April 16-18.
I was curious as to what was the most-attended theme park in the world that hasn't announced a closure yet and discovered that Efteling has announced that its park will close tomorrow through March 31. The hotels close Monday. Europa Park is still on schedule for its planned March 28 opening. With Tivoli Gardens opening April 2, I think that does it for the entire TEA/AECOM Top 25, as I believe that all the major Chinese, Korean, and Japanese parks remain closed.
[3:03pm ET] Dollywood just announced that it will postpone its planned opening until March 28.
"We have been following the coronavirus crisis very closely and based on developments within the last 24 hours and in consultation with health experts, we are going to delay our season opening until March 28," Dollywood President Craig Ross said. "Despite the delay in opening, we are committed to taking care of our hosts while the park remains closed."
Also, Herschend sister park Silver Dollar City will delay its season opening to March 28.
I hadn't seen a notice, but I just checked the Legoland website, and Legoland Florida has posted that it will be closed from Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 31. Legoland California has not yet announced its closure. Stay tuned.
[2:40pm ET] So what was you guess for the SeaWorld closure? It just happened - All the Busch Gardens/SeaWorld parks close Monday and through the end of the month. Full story.
[1:15pm ET] Regarding the Six Flags Magic Mountain closure...
[12:30pm ET] Now the Six Flags theme parks are announcing closures. Rain had closed Six Flags Magic Mountain here in the Los Angeles area for much of this week, but now the park has said that it will suspend operations until the end of March.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in the Bay Area and Six Flags Over Texas, outside Dallas, also have issued statements that they will suspend operations through the end of the month, as well. As noted in the comments, Six Flags America has delayed its opening through at least the end of the month, too.
[11:24am ET] We start with this morning's news that Knott's Berry Farm has joined the Disney and Universal theme parks in closing, to help prevent the spread of the virus. The park will close tomorrow and remain closed through the end of the month, though the Knott's Hotel will remain open.
This delays the start of Knott's annual Boysenberry Festival, which was set to kick off March 20.
Soon after Knott's announcement, fellow Cedar Fair parks Carowinds and Kings Dominion announced that they will postpone their seasonal openings scheduled for April 3 and April 4, respectively. California's Great America also will postpone its April 4 opening. No word yet on new opening dates.
At Cedar Point, the park is not scheduled to open until May, but Castaway Bay's indoor water park will close tomorrow and remain closed through the end of the month.
Meanwhile, the Disneyland Resort announced that during its shutdown, it will be donating its excess food inventory to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. With quite a bit of food ordered for two parks' worth of guests for the next few weeks, I imagine that this will be a substantial donation for a community that will need help with so much tourism income gong away for a while. Disney will be paying its cast members during the shutdown, but the parks' closure also will affect hotels, restaurants and shops around the area that likely will see few customers as a result.
As we get through this stressful time for many, I would like to confirm that I will continue to be providing daily news and features here on Theme Park Insider, in the hope of keeping everyone engaged, informed and even entertained while we wait for our favorite parks to reopen. Thank you for sticking with us!Tweet
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