Today in Disney Parks & Resorts History

September 11, 2001
After the morning terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.,  and in the air over Pennsylvania,  both the Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort close without incident.  On both coasts all resort hotels remain open and provide accommodations to guests who are unable to leave. Phone charges are suspended so that guests can reach family.
 
At Walt Disney World, cast members in each of the theme parks join hands forming a human wall, gently walking towards the hub of each park and eventually to the park exits; Security cast members follow each human wall to make sure no one gets past or remains in the parks. This procedure calmly forces every guest to leave the parks.
At Disneyland, due to the time difference on the west coast, both parks never even open for the day.  Food and beverage locations in Downtown Disney and at the hotels remain open offering their products at no charge for guests who are on property.  Additionally the AMC Theaters at Downtown Disney show free Disney films for stranded Resort guests.  This closures marks only the second time in Disneyland’s history that the park has locked its gates due to a national tragedy – the first time followed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963.
Elsewhere, all Disney Stores nationwide close for the day.  Additionally each of Disney’s theatrical productions on Broadway in New York and all touring productions cancel performances.

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