Major theme park operators in and around Orlando are modifying park hours for Tuesday, Sept. 3 due to the impact of Hurricane Dorian.
Here are the latest updates:
All four Disney World theme parks, along with Disney Springs and other locations on Disney property, will be closing early on Tuesday, Sept. 3 due to Dorian. Disney modified the closing times for both Epcot and Disney Springs early Tuesday.
Here are the adjusted operating hours around Disney World:
- Magic Kingdom: 8 a.m.to 3 p.m. (Extra Magic Hours 7 to 8 a.m.)
- Epcot: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (previously announced as 3 p.m.)
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Extra Magic Hours 6 to 9 a.m.)
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Extra Magic Hours 7 to 8 a.m.)
- Disney Springs: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (previously announced as 3 p.m.)
- ESPN Wide World of Sports: Closed
- Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park: Closed
- Winter Summerland Miniature Golf: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Existing theme park dining reservations up to one hour before the new closing times will be honored, Disney said. All reservations later in the day will be canceled without any fee to guests.
In addition to the park closures, the After Hours event scheduled for Tuesday night at Animal Kingdom has been canceled. Those who had already purchased tickets can receive a full refund or exchange their tickets for another After Hours event, one of Disney’s Halloween or Christmas events at Magic Kingdom, or a single-day park hopper.
All four Disney World parks will resume operations on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Previously scheduled Extra Magic Hours (including the 6 a.m. opening for Disney’s Hollywood Studios) will be canceled, with Magic Kingdom instead offering Extra Magic Hours for Disney hotel guests from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Hurricane Dorian has already substantially affected Disney’s operations along the Atlantic coast. Both Disney’s Vero Beach Resort and Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort have been closed.
Disney Cruise Line employees stationed at Castaway Cay — a 1,000-acre island opened by Disney located about 40 miles from Bahamian islands hit by Dorian — sheltered there rather than being evacuated. While this led to criticism of Disney after a Miami Herald report, Disney Cruise Line responded in a statement saying its workers are safe and returned to their living quarters after having spent only a few hours in the island’s storm shelter on Sunday.
Orlando International Airport is once again set to shut down due to Dorian. After reversing an earlier closure, the airport will now cease any commercial operations at 2 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Universal Orlando’s two theme parks are closing at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Volcano Bay water park is closed, as Universal had announced a day earlier.
The resort’s CityWalk shopping and dining district will stay open after the park close but “will close earlier than normal,” Universal said, without specifying exactly when that early closure will take place.
SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando and Discovery Cove will be closed all day Tuesday.
The Legoland Florida theme park and water park will be closed all day Tuesday. The resort expects to reopen on Sept. 4 “pending the track of Hurricane Dorian.”
This story has been updated with new information about closures.