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Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando to Close Parks as Hurricane Ian Approaches Florida

The Walt Disney Company and Comcast’s Universal Studios are prepared to close their Orlando-based theme parks for at least two days as Hurricane Ian approaches the west coast of Florida.

Disney stated on Tuesday that Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday. The storm is predicted to travel across central Florida, where the Disney and Universal theme parks are situated, before moving on to Tampa, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Disney has already relocated guests staying in several of its resort locations to interior rooms at its other hotels, including the campsite at Fort Wilderness and the treehouse villas at Saratoga Springs. Additionally, owing to possible effects on visitor experiences, the firm has canceled the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser “voyages” scheduled to depart on Tuesday and Thursday.

Additionally, the business has stated that it won’t enforce cancellation regulations for in-park attractions like Savi’s Workshop in Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios or the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Magic Kingdom.

In addition to already being closed, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday.

In its fifty-year existence, Walt Disney World has had several hurricane-related closures, including this one. Most recently, in September 2019, a short closure of the parks was caused by Hurricane Dorian’s projected route. A day later, Dorian’s course changed, and the park reopened.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Universal’s CityWalk will close, with a potential Friday reopening if weather permits. All of its hotels are booked to capacity and will continue to be open to visitors. Additionally, the corporation postponed its Halloween Horror Nights activities for Wednesday and Thursday.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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