Central Florida theme parks have begun closures and cancellations in preparation for Hurricane Irma’s arrival.
All three major theme parks in Orlando will close, along with Legoland Florida and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
SeaWorld Orlando and will close at 5 p.m. Saturday and will remain closed Sunday and Monday.
“We have comprehensive weather preparedness plans, and security and zoological staff will remain on property in secure locations as we monitor the storm,” said a statement released by SeaWorld Friday. We’re also providing support and temporary housing for animals from other zoological facilities in coastal areas expected to have greater impact.
Universal Orlando Resort will close at 7 p.m. Saturday and plans to reopen Tuesday. All resort hotels are full and will remain operational.
Walt Disney World will close all four of its theme parks early Saturday and remain closed through Monday.
Walt Disney World will close all four of its theme parks early Saturday and remain closed through Monday, due to Hurricane Irma.
Disney officials said they hope to resume normal operations on Tuesday.
Walt Disney World announced it will close its Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. All campers and their vehicles must leave by 2 p.m. Saturday.
Visitors staying in the 60 Treehouse Villas of Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort have also been asked to leave.
Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom will close at 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by Magic Kingdom and Epcot at 9 p.m.
Blizzard Beach closed Friday and Typhoon Lagoon will close at 5 p.m. Saturday. Both water parks will remain closed through Monday.
ESPN Wide World of Sports is closed Saturday through Monday. Disney Springs will close by 9 p.m. Saturday, and they will not be open for business on Sunday or Monday.
All Disney resort hotels will stay open.
Disney canceled the second evening of the Night of Joy event at ESPN Wide World of Sports on Saturday and called off Sunday’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom.
“We are taking numerous proactive measures at this time to keep the safety of our guests and cast members top of mind including communicating with them on an ongoing basis, cleaning up and tying down loose materials, determining potential adjustments of park hours and preparing protected areas for animals, if determined to be necessary,” said Todd Heiden, a Disney spokesman.
Universal is canceling Saturday’s Rock the Universe and the Sunday Worship Service on September 10. Rock the Universe will be held as scheduled on Friday and Saturday tickets will be honored.
Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay will close at 5 p.m. Saturday and remain closed through Monday.
Legoland Florida will close Friday through Monday.