Friday, 19 January, 2018

Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld to Close Due to Hurricane Irma

Universal Orlando Resort Florida John Greim LightRocket via Getty Images
Lamar Ellis | 09 September, 2017, 03:19

Irma is predicted to pound the entirety of Florida, including the coasts as well as the state's interior. However, because of the demand, many people will have to be put on a waiting list for a room.

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James Chaira, a hotel general manager, told Eyewitness News he's getting phone calls every 30 minutes to an hour from people wanting to book a room.

The newspaper also reported that cruise lines have canceled or delayed nearly every sailing scheduled to begin in (Florida) on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon water park will remain open for guests during this time.

The theme park will close early on Saturday and remain closed until Monday as Hurricane Irma barrels its way through. "We will provide regular updates to our guests on all operational changes", the statement reads. While Orlando has not been subject to voluntary or mandatory evacuation, the area and its theme parks are increasingly becoming a vulnerable target. While the state of Florida is famous for many things, one of the biggest is the large amount of theme parks available for both natives and tourists to enjoy.

When evacuations began and the park was closed, the concierge, Erin McDowell, made a decision to write the children a letter to explain the delay of their vacation.

Blizzard Beach and ESPN Wide World of Sports will be closed starting Saturday. CNBC reported that when the resort shut down last fall for Hurricane Matthew, it was only the fourth time ever Disney World has closed since opening in 1971.

Over at Universal Studios Orlando, operations will remain open slightly later - until 7 p.m. on Saturday - according to the attraction's official Twitter account.

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