Disney World, Universal Studios miss brunt of Irma; will reopen Tuesday

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Disney World, Universal Studios miss brunt of Irma; will reopen Tuesday

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The entrance to the Magic Kingdom at Disney World is empty as the theme park was closed because of Hurricane Irma approaching the central Florida area, Sept. 10, 2017, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Other tourists attractions including Universal Studios and Sea World were also closed and planned to reopen Tuesday.

Despite Hurricane Irma’s impact in the Orlando area, officials announced that Disney World and neighboring attractions Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando were on track to reopen Tuesday, after narrowly missing a major hit from Irma.

The parks were closed Sunday and Monday, but Disney resort hotels remained open during Irma.


Disney closed the Magic Kingdom Sunday and Monday for only the fifth time in its 46 years, according to USA Today. It closed  four other times in its history: in 1999 for Hurricane Floyd, 2004 for Hurricane Frances, 2004 for Hurricane Jeanne and last year for Matthew.

After making landfall in Florida early Sunday morning as a Category 4 hurricane, the center of the storm passed west of Orlando early Monday morning. At that point it had weakened to a Category 1 hurricane, with winds of 85 miles per hour.

Walt Disney World endured high winds and rain, several downed trees at its properties and some buildings had water leaks, according Twitter reports.


Electric transformers near Disney’s Contemporary Resort also reportedly exploded. Disney World did not immediately return comment to USA TODAY. Walt Disney hosts 25 resort hotels in additon to its amusement parks, including Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios, in Orlando.



Universal Orlando on Monday was inspecting its property Monday and “anticipate normal operating hours on Tuesday, Sept. 12,” park officials said.

SeaWorld Orlando had no significant damage as of the initial checks on Monday morning, according to a statement from the park. "But park teams are still assessing. All facilities have electricity and personnel and animals are safe (there and at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay)."


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