Outbreak of Coronavirus forces closure of Shanghai Disneyland Resort.

In response to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Chinese authorities have suspended transport services and have cancelled many public events.

Theaters, cinemas and major tourist attractions have been temporally closed including the Forbidden City palace complex in Beijing and the Disneyland Resort in Shanghai.

The lockdown comes on the eve of Lunar New Year – one of the most important dates in the Chinese calendar, when millions of people travel home.

The Shanghai Disney Resort has released the following statement:

Temporary Closure of Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown including Walt Disney Grand Theatre and Wishing Star Park – January 24, 2020

In response to the prevention and control of the disease outbreak and in order to ensure the health and safety of our guests and Cast, Shanghai Disney Resort is temporarily closing Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown including Walt Disney Grand Theatre and Wishing Star Park, starting January 25, 2020.

We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and be in close contact with the local government, and we will announce the reopening date upon confirmation.

Shanghai Disney Resort will assist in the refund for guests who have purchased tickets for admission to Shanghai Disneyland, have booked a resort hotel, or have booked tickets for Beauty and the Beast Mandarin Production through the original ticket purchase channel, and we will introduce the detailed procedure and guidelines via the resort’s official platforms as soon as possible.

We wish our guests a healthy and happy Spring Festival!

Shanghai Disney Resort
January 24, 2020

Disney rebrands 20th Century Fox to 20th Century Studios.

Disney rebrands 20th Century Fox

The Walt Disney Company has removed the word “Fox” from their 20th Century Fox film studios to distance themselves from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation – Variety magazine is reporting.

US media suggests Disney does not want to be associated with the media mogua’s right-wing Fox News network.

Disney has also renamed Fox Searchlight Pictures, the arthouse studio to Searchlight Pictures.

Variety magazine, which broke the story said it had spoken to an unnamed Disney source, who said: “I think the Fox name means Murdoch, and that is toxic.”

Variety says 20th Century Studios will retain the historic 20th Century Fox fanfare theme and searchlight logo.

Staff emails were changed on Friday, from @fox.com to @20thcenturystudios.com and @searchlight.com respectively.

The Walt Disney Corporation bought the 20th Century Fox film studio with other media operations from Murdoch in March 2019 in a $71 billion deal.