With Disney World closing as a precaution for the Coronavirus along with Disneyland on the opposite coast, Disney is working to protect its guests and Cast Members during this time!
And, although many of the park employees will continue to be compensated during the closure, we’re sad to see one of the most magical parts of Disney temporarily shut down.
According to FOX 35 Orlando, multiple Disney Programs will be interrupted due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Beginning March 16th, the Disney College Program, Disney Culinary Program, Disney Cultural Exchange Program, and Disney Academic Exchange Program will all be suspended temporarily. International Cast Members in Guest Relations are included in the program line-up as well.
The Disney Program housing will also be closed during this time and program participants have been asked to collect their belongings to depart the complexes by March 18th.
All the Disney Program participants will continue to be paid through the end of the month with the weekly housing deductions waived. They will also receive a notice of successful program completion so they have the opportunity to work with Disney again.
Although it must be difficult to have the experience end so abruptly, we are happy to see that Disney is doing their best to ensure the safety of its program participants!
UPDATE: On March 15th, Disney Programs released the following announcement via Twitter expressing their commitment to finding accommodations for all members affected by the closure.
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