ORLANDO, Fla. – As the state of Florida keeps a close eye on the path of Hurricane Ian, Central Florida’s theme parks are also monitoring the situation.
The storm intensified into a hurricane Monday morning. The storm is expected to bring strong winds, rains and threats of flooding to areas of Central Florida. Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency throughout Florida and urged residents to prepare for the storm.
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Each of the theme parks have cancellation policies ready in the event of a hurricane or tropical storm warning that are issued by the National Hurricane Center.
See each of the park’s policies and statements listed below.
Walt Disney World
Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
Walt Disney World theme parks will continue to operate as planned at this time.
Walt Disney World Resorts
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Copper Creek Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa and the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort will temporarily close Wednesday, Sept. 28 through Friday, Sept. 30 due to the weather. We are contacting Guests with current and upcoming reservations.
Walt Disney World Theme Parks and Water Parks
Walt Disney World theme parks are currently operating under normal conditions. Please continue to monitor news outlets for the latest weather information. Disney‘s Typhoon Lagoon will close temporarily Wednesday, Sept. 28 and Thursday, Sept. 29. (Disney’s Blizzard Beach is currently closed). Winter Summerland Miniature Golf and Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf will also temporarily close Wednesday, Sept. 28 and Thursday, Sept. 29.
Dining, Enchanting Extras, and Special Events
Effective immediately, we will not enforce cancelation policies until further notice for dining and other experiences like Savi’s Workshop and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Performances of Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue have been canceled Sept. 28-30 in light of the temporary closure of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Guests with pre-paid reservations will be automatically canceled and refunded.
Disney Springs is currently operating under normal conditions.
Disney said all reopening timelines are tentative, and subject to safety conditions.
Click here for more information on Walt Disney World’s Hurricane Policy. Click here for weather related updates.
Universal Orlando Resort (Universal Orlando Resort)
“At this time, our park operations and hours are continuing as normal. We are closely monitoring the weather. We have plans and procedures for significant weather that are both time-proven and constantly updated. Everything revolves around the safety of our guests and team members,” a Universal spokesperson said in a statement to News 6.
Click here to read more about its severe weather policy online.
SeaWorld Orlando (WKMG)
“We are continuing to monitor weather related to Hurricane Ian and how it could impact our parks. We will communicate any updates on our social media platforms when they are available,” SeaWorld Orlando said in a statement to News 6.
Discovery Cove has enacted it’s “Named Storm Policy” for Wed. Sept. 28th and Thurs. Sept. 29th, and will reschedule or refund reservations booked online or from the call center. Park will not apply any cancellation or change fees for this service. For any additional information, call 407-513-4600.
Click here for additional weather updates from SeaWorld Parks.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens (Busch Gardens Tampa Bay)
“After reviewing the latest route of Hurricane Ian and to ensure the safety of our ambassadors, guests, and animals, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will be closed on Wednesday, Sept. 28 and Thursday, Sept. 29. Our weather preparedness plan is in place and extra precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of our animals during this time. Guests are encouraged to check our website and follow our social media channels for updates on park reopening. Admission tickets have been extended through Dec. 31,” the theme park said in a statement.
Legoland Florida (AP2011)
“LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is closely monitoring the development of Hurricane Ian and will continue to operate as planned at this time. The safety of our guests and employees is our top priority and we will provide updates on any potential Resort closures or how this storm may impact our guests as we learn more about its path.”
Guests with questions about the Resort’s Hurricane Policy are encouraged to visit LEGOLAND.com/hurricane.
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