Over the past two days, almost every theme park inside the United States and several internationally have closed for the next two weeks in an unprecedented move to combat the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. And while these closures are unlike anything we've ever seen before, there have been some interesting side effects resulting from these sudden closures.
1. Walt Disney World extends annual pass expiration dates
Walt Disney World is closed as of March 16th, and will be closed at least two weeks, through the end of the month. And because of the extended closure, Disney has announced that annual passholders will have their pass expiration date extended by the number of days that the park is closed.
2. Disneyland donates unused food
Disneyland announced its own closure this week, and is also expected to be shuttered through the end of the month. And because the closure was so sudden, Disneyland was left with lots of extra inventory for their restaurants. Fortunately, Disney has announced that they will be donating excess inventory of dairy, fruit, vegetables, packaged goods and banquet meals to Second Harvest Food Bank, whose mission is to end hunger in Orange County.