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Scott Hull 7Scott Hull 7 

Is there any way to disable the close date requirement in the opportunity object?

Unfortunately since this is a system required field, it cannot be removed. There is an idea you can vote up:
However, there is a workaround as mentioned in this blog post but this will remove the field from visibility altogether so really depends on your requirements:
Akhil MehraAkhil Mehra
hi scott 
we don't disable this field as well as can't hide this field from layout as it plays dominent role in salesprocess and analytics/decison making.
but you can hide it through visualforce page but in that case you have to define a static value for closed date , if field remain empty it doesn't allow user to insert record.
Scott Hull 7Scott Hull 7
Thank you. We just have a unique situation in how we are using the Oppty Object. We put a default date in for 2099. Because I could not find a way to remove the close date from view. Oh well.