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Hurricane Matthew – Theme Park Closings and Updates

by Matt Roseboom
rain and flooding at epcot

A look at flooding at Epcot during a rain storm earlier this year. Expect lots of rain as Hurricane Matthew passes by.

Bookmark this page and check back to see the latest on how Hurricane Matthew is affecting Central Florida’s theme parks and attractions.

Here are the latest closure updates for Thursday, Oct. 6 and Friday, Oct. 7, 2016:

Walt Disney World
• Theme Parks: Opening at 8 a.m. Saturday
• Disney Springs: Opening at 10 a.m. Saturday
• Fort Wilderness Campground: Closed through Sunday
• Blizzard Beach Water Park: Closed until Saturday
• Typhoon Lagoon Water Park: Closed until Saturday
• Spirit of Aloha dinner show: Cancelled Thursday and Friday
• Select spa locations: Closed at noon Thursday through Saturday evening
• Characters in Flight: Closed through Sunday
• Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: Canceled Thursday and Friday night

Universal Orlando
• Theme Parks and CityWalk: Closed until Saturday
• Halloween Horror Nights: Canceled Thursday and Friday night

SeaWorld Orlando: Closed until Saturday

Legoland Florida: Closed until Saturday

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: Closed until Saturday

Busch Gardens Tampa: Open as usual.

Aquatica Orlando: Closed until Saturday

Discovery Cove: Closed until Saturday

Wet ‘n Wild Orlando: Closed until Saturday

The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye: Closed Friday until weather improves

Spooky Empire Convention: Canceled

Fun Spot America Orlando and Kissimmee: Opening at 6 p.m. Friday

Gatorland: Closed until Saturday

Holy Land Experience: Closed until Saturday

Orange County, which includes Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando and part of Disney World, has set a curfew from 10 p.m. tonight to 7 a.m. Saturday.
UPDATE: The curfew will be lifted at 2 p.m. Friday

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.

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16 comments

Lia October 6, 2016 - 5:26 am

All about profits and disregard for safety of workers who have to travel to work through rain and wind. Shame on these theme parks. Shame on them for paying them terrible wages and exploiting them every day.

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sb October 6, 2016 - 9:13 am

I thought Disney World is all about FAMILY. Looks like it is all about profit. Some of my family is there and they cannot get refund for their tickets or a come another day ticket. THIS IS BS!
SHAME on you DISNEY AND FL FOR LETTING THIS HAPPEN.

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Ian October 6, 2016 - 9:21 am

Spooky Empire just cancelled the whole event, per their Facebook page.

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Kathy October 6, 2016 - 11:43 am

I agree, shame on Disney, but you can’t blame Florida!

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Karen October 6, 2016 - 12:21 pm

Wow at the comments, jeeze Disney IS closing too.

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CHUCKIE P October 6, 2016 - 12:40 pm

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/

Closures not posted on Disney’s website…will parks be closed 10.7 for sure?

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Matt Roseboom October 6, 2016 - 12:41 pm

Yes, we have confirmed it.

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CHUCKIE P October 6, 2016 - 12:44 pm

Thank you Matt…we canceled our flight from Chicago’s O’Hare this morning …be safe and bless you!

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Minnie October 6, 2016 - 12:54 pm

To all that are complaining… what did you expect choosing to travel during hurricane season?

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William Doyle October 6, 2016 - 3:34 pm

Lia, sb, and the rest.
Lia, regarding the pay at Disney. No one is being forced to work at Disney. There is not one person at Disney that is bound to work there. No one is being exploited. You want better pay? become part of the skilled labor force and get a better job. The reason why they are closing Disney is because they care about their people and their guests.

sb, First Disney exists because it is a business, Not government funded. They stay in business because they turn a profit. They also employ more than 75,000 people who expect to get paid at the end of the week. Everyone has the opportunity to buy vacation insurance. When I went to London it rained every single day I was there, and guess what? I never got a refund from the Queen.

You folks see everything through such a narrow perspective. I bet that there is another group of people complaining that they are not going to be open of Friday as well. You want assurances in a world where there are none. You expect others to take care of you because you can’t take responsibility for yourselves. You see a successful company and expect that they should cover all possible issues that affect your vacation. your car broke down so you missed your cruise, your alarm didn’t go off so you missed your flight, you got motion sickness on a ride and had to leave the park, I can’t believe they checked my bag for weapons. I’ve listened to you whiners for years. It’s about time you man up and stop your complaining about how the world is taking advantage of you. you want better pay? get an education or learn a skill and get a decent job. You want your money back from a failed vacation due to mother nature, buy vacation insurance. You want a hand out? forget it. You have the ability to either create your success or your demise….You decide.

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Chris Midili October 6, 2016 - 4:31 pm

I am glad Disney World is closing. No one needs to be hurt or even worse killed. I have a trip booked for this weekend as it is my birthday this Sunday. I totally respect their decisions.
Chris,
Sarasota Fl.

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Shelley October 7, 2016 - 8:08 am

Wow William Doyle. Very well said!!

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Delana October 7, 2016 - 9:11 pm

Will Wet N Wild be open Saturday?

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Benjamin October 7, 2016 - 11:28 pm

Yes.

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Darren S October 8, 2016 - 6:33 am

Here, here to sir William Doyle. Could not agree more, this is Mother Nature at her most powerful. It is not in any of the parks interest to keep the parks closed longer than is absolutely necessary. They have been closed in the interest of public safety and necessity. Can these people that are complaining take a moment and stop thinking of just themselves and think of all of the hundreds of people that have died due to the Hurricane.

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Kris October 9, 2016 - 8:45 am

Well said William Doyle!!!

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