Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney Planet.
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As Hurricane Ian nears the west coastline of Florida, the Walt Disney Firm and Comcast’s Universal Studios are getting ready to close their Orlando-centered theme parks for at least two days.
Disney declared Tuesday that Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot and Magic Kingdom would be shuttered Wednesday and Thursday. According to the Countrywide Hurricane Heart, the storm is headed toward Tampa and will likely pass above central Florida, where by the Disney and Common parks are located.
By now, Disney has moved friends lodging at its exterior vacation resort spots, these types of as the campground at Fort Wilderness and treehouse villas at Saratoga Springs, to interior rooms at its other hotels. In addition, the business has canceled Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser “voyages” established to depart Tuesday and Thursday owing to probable impacts on visitor experiences.
The business has also stated it will not implement cancellation insurance policies for in-park activities these as Savi’s Workshop in Galaxy’s Edge in Hollywood Studios or the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Magic Kingdom.
Disney’s Hurricane Lagoon water park will also be shut Wednesday and Thursday and its Blizzard Beach location is currently shut.
This is not the initial time in Walt Disney World’s 50-year historical past that it has shut thanks to hurricanes. Most not too long ago, in September 2019, the parks briefly shut thanks to the forecast route of Hurricane Dorian. The park reopened a working day afterwards when Dorian’s path shifted.
Universal will close its CityWalk on Wednesday and Thursday, with the expectation of reopening Friday, if problems permit. Its hotels are at total capacity and will remain operational for visitors. The organization canceled its Halloween Horror Nights events on Wednesday and Thursday, as perfectly.
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