As Hurricane Matthew approaches Florida and the state prepares for hurricane-force winds and heavy rain, theme parks in Central Florida are issuing closures.
Disney announced Thursday it would close its parks for just the fourth time in the resort’s history. The first three times also were for hurricanes: Sept. 15, 1999, for Floyd; Sept. 4-5, 2004, for Frances; and Sept. 26, 2004, Jeanne.
Here’s a wrapup of which parks are closing:
Disney’s theme parks, water parks, Disney Springs, miniature golf courses and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will close by 5 p.m. today and will stay closed Friday. Disney also canceled Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for Thursday.
The park posted a notice on its Facebook page that for Thursday, its theme parks and CityWalk will close at 5 p.m., Wet ‘n Wild will close at 2 p.m. and Halloween Horror Nights is canceled.
On Friday, all theme parks will be closed and Halloween Horror Nights is canceled.
Universal expects to reopen its parks Saturday.
Legoland Florida will operate as usual Thursday, but will be closed Friday.
SeaWorld posted on its website that it will close at 2 p.m. Thursday and be closed Friday. The park is expected to be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Hours are subject to change.
The SeaWorld call center will follow the same schedule for Thursday and Friday, and reopen at 8 a.m. Saturday.
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