UPDATE: Walt Disney World Closes Theme Parks Early Today & All-Day Friday for Hurricane Matthew

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Walt Disney Workd has now announced that all four of its theme parks and other resort areas will close to guests at 5pm tonight.

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In addition, the Walt Disney World Resort will be closed on Friday, October 7th. This is only the 4th time in history the parks have been closed for an entire day.

The Walt Disney World Resort and its theme parks are expected to reopen on October 8th.

Here’s some official information:

Treehouse Villas and Bungalows unavailable:
With severe weather expected over the next few days, Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Disney’s Polynesian Bungalows will be unavailable beginning Thursday afternoon in an abundance of caution
The safety of our Guests and Cast is always our first priority. Guests staying in these select rooms will be offered alternate accommodations.
Any customary cancellation fees will be waived for early departures
As the Emergency Management Team continues to monitor Hurricane Matthew, the Walt Disney World Resort is taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of our Guests and Cast
Members. Due to potential weather impacts in Central Florida, Walt Disney World Resort will be implementing the following operational changes:

THEME PARKS, WATER PARKS & RESORTS:
The following locations will close at 5:00pm, Thursday, October, 6

  • Magic Kingdom
  • Epcot
  • Hollywood Studios
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Typhoon Lagoon
  • Blizzard Beach (Closed all day)
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports
  • Disney Springs
  • Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf
  • Winter Summerland Miniature Golf

The following locations will be closed Friday, October, 7

  • Magic Kingdom
  • Epcot
  • Hollywood Studios
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Typhoon Lagoon
  • Blizzard Beach
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports
  • Disney Springs
  • Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf
  • Winter Summerland Miniature Golf
  • Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is cancelled for Thursday night. Guests may call 407-566-4985, option 5, to make alternate plans, anytime from 9:00am to 11:00pm EDT
  • Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is closed now through Sunday. This includes all Thursday and Friday performances of Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ
  • The Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Disney’s Polynesian Bungalows will be unavailable beginning Thursday afternoon.
  • Spirit of Aloha dinner shows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort will be cancelled Thursday and Friday evenings
  • Select spa locations, including La Vida Health Club at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Senses a Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and at Disney’s Saratoga
    Springs Resort, and Ship Shape Massage, Salon and Fitness at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, will be closed beginning Thursday at 12:00pm through Saturday evening.

ENTERTAINMENT, AMENITIES & OTHER OFFERINGS

  • Characters in Flight at Disney Springs is closed now through Sunday.
  • The Baseball Canada game scheduled for Thursday at 1:00pm at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex has been rescheduled for 10:00am the same day.
  • Select weekend events at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex have been canceled including the 2016 Disney Cross Country Classic and Baseball Canada’s Friday and Saturday
    games/practices

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  • Good call! The Disney parks have so much construction going on with overdue refurbishment, that I wonder if the state made them close. It’s not in Disney’s nature to close for the safety of their guests or workers, it’s all about profit. They haven’t closed since 9/11, and that wasn’t their choice then either, DOD made them. I feel badly for any guests at WDW property. The buildings are safe, though, anything like this will be met with lots of smiles and promises, but no substance or services should anything go wrong.

      • Aaron mush not read English well. I just looked it up and last Disney closure was 9/11 after terrorist attacks, and was forced upon Disney by the feds. It’s unlikely Disney corporate decided to close parks on their own. Likely the state forced them. Which is a good thing. Disney doesn’t do any circumstances out of the ordinary very well.

        • must*

          I read English just fine, thank you. Your post is full of assumptions. What are your sources? Wikipedia? Great source.

          • speaks English, just lazy and not smart enough to find his own sources or research, so he spout off at the mouth before looking into it. hopefully Matthew will take this one as a public service sacrifice.

    • They closed is 2004 for hurricane Jeanne. I’m amazed how many people come on this site and post countless incorrect statements about things they know nothing about and act as if they are an expert.

      • Not accurate either. Add Temco as another ‘non expert’. They closed after Jeanne hit, they weren’t prepared and then had to clean up for a day (it was a Sunday as I recall). It was not a planned closure as this, or after 9/11. Jeanne was a huge inconvenience with several guests injured. I get some people from Disney on here posting in defense of the parks history, and some complete turds who will defend Disney as the best irreguarless.

        • 9/11 wasn’t a planned closure. They opened that morning and emptied the parks after the decision was made. Really, what difference does it make if the closure is planned or not? The first comment asked if this was the first time they have closed the parks since 9/11 and it’s not.

          • No Jamie, the closed that day, had planned to open the next, but were forced to close. THIS IS the first planned closure since 9/11. Jeanne was a clean up, unplanned closure. You’re really sounding uneducated and argumentative.

          • My point was that no one asked if it was the first planned closure. The question was if this was the first time they have closed since 9/11.

    • So are all these people who have nothing nice to say about Disney wasting their personal time obsessing about negatives on a fan site or is this an orchestrated effort? The talking points among the haters seem so similar it’s making me wonder.

      • Charles is a teenager working for Disney PR and no fan of the parks. He always calls anyone realistic or wanting improvement a hater.

        • No. In actuality, you say “hating” is being “realistic” or simply “wanting improvement.” Big difference. Go be negative elsewhere.

          • Charles, everything not positive is hating. Free advice..if you’re going to work for Disney, or it’s improvement or positive attitude, make a difference in the product itself. Don’t just recurrently flame other users online.

  • I wonder, while at Disney, do your children bicker with other children they don’t know about such nonsense as you do with other adults you don’t know?

    • Most kids bicker more, but there’s a recurrent clash with people who work for Disney public relations or people who seldom go to the park who adamantly think they do everything ‘the best’ and flame users, versus those who are more fans with gripes or hopes they’d improve the product. This entire site is great and one of the very few with unbiased reviews. Most boards and media Disney keeps a tight leash on, so stories about foods not the best at Epcot list, or even this article about the closure, wouldn’t make out without passing through the Disney echelon.

    • They got honestly screwed over by an unprepared and over-promising Disney. With all the cut backs on a regular day, you can imagine how poor it was with a pseudo-emergency. Disney needs to up their game in service and safety…big time!

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