Cinderella’s Castle at Walt Disney World.
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As Hurricane Ian nears Florida’s west coast, The Walt Disney Company is preparing to close its four Orlando-based theme parks for at least two days.
The company announced Tuesday that Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot and Magic Kingdom will close on Wednesday and Thursday. According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm is heading toward Tampa and will likely pass over central Florida, where the Disney parks are located.
Already, Disney has moved guests staying at its outdoor resort locations, like the Fort Wilderness Campground and the Saratoga Springs Treetop Villas, to interior rooms at its other hotels. Additionally, the company has canceled Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser trips that were scheduled to depart Tuesday and Thursday due to potential impacts to guest experience.
The company also said it won’t apply cancellation policies for in-park experiences like Savi’s Workshop at Galaxy’s Edge in Hollywood Studios or the Bibbidi Bobbidi Shop at Magic Kingdom.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park will also close Wednesday and Thursday and its Blizzard Beach location is already closed.
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