Disney World, Busch Gardens announce closures ahead of Hurricane Ian's arrival in Florida

9/27/2022 8:00:00 PM

As Hurricane Ian churns closer to the U.S., Florida's theme parks are hurriedly preparing for its arrival.

As Hurricane Ian churns closer to the U.S., Florida's theme parks are hurriedly preparing for its arrival.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has already closed. Here's what other Florida theme parks are doing ahead of Hurricane Ian and what guests should know.

Booking through platforms like Expedia leaves some travelers stranded Will Disney World close? Disney World has rarely closed for severe weather in its five decades of operation.More Videos Discovery Cove (Orlando) The all-inclusive day resort with animal encounters and tropical aquatic settings is also closing on Wednesday and Thursday.All of Florida is under a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Ian.it is closing Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, the Copper Creek Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, the Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs and the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort from Wednesday through Friday.

All four of its main theme parks and Disney Springs are operating under normal conditions for now, but Disney World says it's preparing to"make necessary adjustments based on the latest information from the National Weather Service." "We continue to put the safety of our cast members and guests first and will share updates with you as we monitor Hurricane Ian," the resort said in a special weather section of its website.We will not apply any cancellation or change fees for this service.For now, the resort has announced that Typhoon Lagoon water park and its Winter Summerland and Fantasia Gardens miniature golf courses will close Wednesday and Thursday.Ahead of the storm, the state is activating 2,500 members of the Florida National Guard , and more could be called if needed.Disney's Blizzard Beach water park was already closed.Disney World (Orlando) Most of Disney World's properties remain open.Several resort accommodations also will be closed Wednesday through Friday.Disney allows guests to cancel tickets or reservations with no penalty if there is a hurricane warning in effect; if you’re within 7 days of travel, you can call to cancel or reschedule your plans.

Guests with existing and upcoming reservations at the following locations are being contacted individually." However, some properties and units are closing.RELATED:.Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser voyages beginning Tuesday and Thursday have also been canceled.Additionally, reservations for the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Fort Wilderness will be automatically canceled and refunded while the venue is closed.Universal Resort (Orlando) The movie-themed park of thrill rides is continuing normal park operations currently.Guests with reservations for dining and other experiences across the resort will be allowed to cancel without penalty.Disney already allows guests to modify park and resort reservations without penalty, though pricing may vary by date."In the event that a hurricane or tropical storm warning is issued by the National Hurricane Center or a state of emergency is declared for the Orlando area or in your place of residence, within seven days of your arrival, you can contact our team in advance to reschedule or cancel your Universal Parks & Resorts Vacations Package, hotel-room-only accommodations and Universal Orlando theme park tickets booked directly with Universal Orlando, without any cancellation or change fees imposed," the park said on its website.

Will Universal Orlando stay open? Universal Orlando Resort is operating as usual for now."We are closely monitoring the weather.Neither park has replied, but both parks' websites indicate normal operating hours for Tuesday.We have plans and procedures for significant weather that are both time-proven and constantly updated," Universal Orlando told USA TODAY.Guests who still want to cancel or push back their trips can do so if they booked through Universal by calling 877-801-9720.Here's the status of some of those ships' routes as of 8:15 p.Guests who booked through travel agents or third-party sites are directed to reach out to those instead.

Universal Studios Hollywood vs.ET Monday: Norwegian Cruise Lines : The company changed five ports on the Norwegian Sky , which left Miami on Sunday, the cruise line tells CNN.Florida: What's the difference? What about SeaWorld? USA TODAY has reached out to SeaWorld Orlando, which had not yet shared hurricane plans online and listed regular operating hours for the week on its website..Thomas, Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas, to avoid the path of Ian.

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