Disney releases 'Frozen 2' to Disney+ three months early to bring 'fun and joy' during coronavirus outbreak
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The Walt Disney Company announced on Friday that it would be releasing "Frozen 2" to its streaming platform Disney+ three months ahead of schedule to bring "some fun and joy during this challenging period" as the coronavirus outbreak grips the nation.

“'Frozen 2' has captivated audiences around the world through its powerful themes of perseverance and the importance of family, messages that are incredibly relevant during this time, and we are pleased to be able to share this heartwarming story early with our Disney+ subscribers to enjoy at home on any device,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek said in a statement

The film will be available for streaming in the U.S. starting Sunday.

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The early release of "Frozen 2" comes after reports that Disneyland Resort in California would be closing its parks starting Saturday to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

“While there have been no reported case of COVID-19 at Disneyland Resort, after carefully reviewing the guidelines of the Governor of California’s executive order and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of Disneyland Park and Disneyland Adventure,” the resort said in a statement Thursday.

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Hours after Walt Disney announced the closure of its California parks, the company also announced that its resorts in Florida and Paris would be closed beginning March 16 through the end of the month.

"In an abundance of caution and in the best interests of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of our theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Paris Resort, beginning at the close of business Sunday, March 15, through the end of the month," the company wrote in a statement on Twitter. 

The company said it would continue to pay cast members throughout the closures.

As of Friday afternoon, 1,875 people in the U.S. had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, and at least 40 have died. 

J. Edward Moreno contributed.