Walt Disney World to Close Florida Theme Parks Through Monday; Aims to Reopen Tuesday

Disney announced on Friday its four major theme parks will close early on Saturday and remain closed through Monday with hopes of reopening on Tuesday.

“Based on the latest forecasts for Hurricane Irma and keeping safety top of mind, Walt Disney World Resort will be closing early on Saturday, September 9 and will remain closed through Monday, September 11. Resort hotels will remain open. We hope to resume normal operations on Tuesday, September 12. “

There will be staggered closings at the various theme parks on Saturday. Guests with special event tickets during the closure can contact Disney for a full refund.

Hotels at the resort will remain open.

This is only the fourth time the theme park has shut down in its nearly 50-year history, according to a 2011 report in the Austin American-Statesman. All four times involved hurricanes — Floyd in 1999, Jeanne and Frances in 2004, and now Irma.

Universal Orlando will also close its theme parks early on Saturday and remain closed on Sunday and Monday. Both Legoland Florida’s water and theme park will be closed Saturday through Monday, as well.

Disney released a detailed list of closings:

Disney’s Blizzard Beach: Closed as of Friday, Sept. 8 – Monday, Sept. 11
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon: Closing early Saturday, Sept. 9 at 5 PM – Monday, Sept. 11
ESPN Wide World of Sports: Closed on Saturday, Sept. 9 – Monday, Sept. 11
Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Closing early on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 7 PM – Monday, Sept. 11
The Saturday, Sept. 9 Rivers of Light performance is canceled.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Closing early on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 7 PM – Monday, Sept. 11
The Saturday, Sept. 9 Fantasmic! and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular performances are canceled.
Epcot: Closing early on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 9 PM – Monday, Sept. 11
The Saturday, Sept. 9 Illuminations Reflections of Earth performance is canceled.
Magic Kingdom: Closing early on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 9 PM.
The Saturday, Sept. 9 Happily Ever After fireworks performance is canceled.
Disney Springs: Closing early on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 9 PM – Monday, Sept. 11