Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Disney World closing down over weekend as Hurricane Irma approaches Florida

Disney World closing down over weekend as Hurricane Irma approaches Florida

Disney recently released a statement saying it would be closing Disney World in Orlando early on Saturday and remain closed until Tuesday, a rare move for the company.

Even if Disney properties do remain open throughout the storm, attendance will likely be very low, considering the bad weather expectations, potential for canceled flights, and evacuations along the eastern coast of Florida. Disney parks closing earlier than regularly schedule on Saturday include Typhoon Lagoon, Animal Kingdom Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Magic Kingdom, and Disney Springs.

Here is what could possibly happen and what will be done if Hurricane Irma brings too much danger to those at Walt Disney World.

If it's any consolation to those stranded in Walt Disney World right now, the lines are very short... SeaWorld Orlando will close Saturday at 5 PM and stay closed Sunday and Monday. At Universal: - All parks will close at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Discovery Cove will be closed Sunday and Monday.

Saturday's Happily Ever After fireworks performance is canceled. The company said they hope to resume park events Tuesday, and also pointed people to its hurricane guidelines.

LEGOLAND Florida: Operations remain normal at this time.

According to DisneyLists, Cinderella's Castle, one of the park's most recognizable structures, is built to withstand winds of over 110 miles per hour.

Additionally, Disney World says that "pre-paid dining and premium experiences will be automatically canceled and refunded", so that's easy, at least.

Since 1971, Disney World has closed down four times due to hurricanes. Others are sticking around, though, as the latest forecasts for Hurricane Irma have it shifting in a more easterly fashion as of mid-day on Wednesday. The park was also evacuated briefly on September 11, 2001. The two biggest of these are no doubt Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando. While the state of Florida is famous for many things, one of the biggest is the large amount of theme parks available for both natives and tourists to enjoy.

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