Cinderella's Castle Will Light Up Blue to Honor Healthcare Workers — Plus, Disney Tributes Around the Globe

Disney parks around the world are honoring medical workers for World Health Day amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

World Health Day — which is celebrated annually on April 7 — pays tribute to nurses, doctors and healthcare teams who work endlessly to keep us healthy, and it takes on an extra special meaning this year due to the current coronavirus crisis.

Despite being closed to visitors, parks from Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida to Disneyland Paris in France, the world-famous theme parks are are “uniting across the globe with a message of thanks and appreciation to celebrate the brave healthcare providers who are helping so many,’ a blog post from the company explains.

The celebration kicked off at Shanghai Disney Resort, where the Enchanted Storybook Castle at the park’s center lit up with the words “thank you” written in various languages for medical professionals all over the world.

Currently, Disney has closed all of its attractions, hotels and stores in North America.

Disney’s Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Tokyo parks were the first to close their gates due to the pandemic.. The Hong Kong, Tokyo and Shanghai locations are closed indefinitely — though Disneyland Shanghai has begun to slowly reopen some parts of its resort.

Shanghai Disneyland announced in a statement to their website that they began to “partially resume operations on March 9,” slowly rolling out “a limited number of shopping, dining, and recreational experiences” across the park, including Disneytown (a shopping and dining area), Wishing Star Park (a public park owned by the resort) and Shanghai Disneyland Hotel. The actual theme park itself is not yet reopening.

Disney’s other international destination, Disneyland Paris, remains closed until further notice as well.

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