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Hurricane Irma – Theme Park, Attraction and Event Closings and Updates

by Matt Roseboom

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With Hurricane Irma on her way to Florida, bookmark this page and check back to see the latest on how Hurricane Irma is affecting Central Florida’s theme parks and attractions. If the storm is going to affect your vacation, be sure to read the hurricane policies of all the theme parks.

Here are the latest closure updates starting Friday, Sept. 8:

Curfew:

• Orange County (Orlando) has issued a mandatory curfew from 7 p.m. Sunday through 6 p.m. Monday. The curfew does not apply to emergency responders, employees at hospital and health care facilities and critical staff for businesses that provide essential commodities and services.

• Osceola County (Kissimmee) has issued a mandatory curfew from 7 p.m. Sunday through 6 p.m. Monday.

Walt Disney World
• Theme Parks: Epcot & Magic Kingdom closing at 9 p.m. Saturday; Animal Kingdom & Hollywood Studios closing at 7 p.m. Saturday. Illuminations, Fantasmic!, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, and Rivers of Light all canceled on Saturday night. Parks will reopen Tuesday.
• Disney Springs: Closing at 9 p.m. on Saturday, reopening Tuesday, possibly Monday evening for Disney resort guests only.
• Fort Wilderness Campground: Closing starting Saturday afternoon
• Blizzard Beach Water Park: Closed Friday through Monday
• Typhoon Lagoon Water Park: Closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, closed Saturday through Monday.
• Characters in Flight: Closed
• Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: Canceled Sunday
• Night of Joy: Canceled Saturday
• ESPN Wide World of Sports: Closed Saturday through Monday.
• Disney’s Vero Beach Resort: Closed starting Friday at 2 p.m.

Universal Orlando
• Theme Parks and CityWalk: Closing Saturday at 7 p.m., then closed Sunday and Monday
• Rock the Universe: Canceled Saturday and Sunday

SeaWorld Orlando: Closing Saturday at 5 p.m., then closed Sunday and Monday

Legoland Florida: Closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: Closed Friday through Tuesday, anticipated reopening Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 9 a.m.

Busch Gardens Tampa
• Theme Park: Closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday
• Guy Harvey Weekend: Rescheduled for Dec. 16 and 17

Aquatica Orlando: Closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Adventure Island: Closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Discovery Cove: Closing Saturday at 5 p.m., then closed Sunday and Monday

The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye: Closed on Saturday, not reopening until storm has passed

Fun Spot America Orlando and Kissimmee: Closed Sunday

Gatorland: Closed Sunday and Monday

Crayola Experience Orlando: Closing Friday at 6 p.m., then closed Saturday and Sunday

Holy Land Experience: Closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Amway Center: Disney On Ice: Postponed until May

Central Florida Zoo: Closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Orlando International Airport: Last flight out will be Saturday at 5 p.m.

Bok Tower Gardens: Closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Adventure Island: Closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday

WonderWorks: Closing early on Saturday. Closed Sunday. Reopening Monday afternoon/evening

Madame Tussauds Orlando: Closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday

We will update this page with new information as we receive it. Check with any smaller attractions, restaurants, flights or stores before you visit them.

Here are some storm safety tips from the old StormStruck attraction at Epcot:

StormStruck Hurricane Attraction inside Innoventions East at Epcot

An empty entrance to the Magic Kingdom parking lot just after Hurricane Matthew passed by Orlando in 2016.

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3 comments

Travis September 8, 2017 - 10:53 am

Discovery Cove is closed Sunday/Monday.

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Ponk September 9, 2017 - 9:13 am

Does anyone know which restaurants and supermarkets are open/available in the Kissimmee area over the weekend? And when they will reopen?

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Matt Roseboom September 9, 2017 - 10:04 am

Most will be open today (Saturday) and Sunday. Look for them to start opening up Monday afternoon, or as soon as the storm passes.

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