Tourist Destinations Cautiously Reopen After Irma

September 13, 2017 by   - () Leave a Comment

Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando theme parks are back open after two days of inactivity, while Hurricane Irma battered Florida.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom are scheduled to operate on their normal hours today (Sept. 12). The Disney Springs shopping and entertainment complex also reopened today.

However, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon water parks will not open until later in the week, Disney said.

Still closed: Fort Wilderness Campground, while Disney assesses the tree-lined property. The Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ, two Fort Wilderness activities, are canceled for Tuesday evening.

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Treehouse Villas is scheduled to reopen on Thursday.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, an after-hours, separate-ticket event at Magic Kingdom, will go on as planned Tuesday evening.

At Universal, Volcano Bay, Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios are open today. Universal CityWalk returns to operation Tuesday. The resort’s Halloween Horror Nights is expected to kick off Friday as scheduled.

SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica water park are scheduled to open Wednesday. A reopening date for Discovery Cove day resort has not yet been announced.

Gatorland remains without power and will not be open on Tuesday. The South Orange Blossom Trail attraction plans to reopen Wednesday morning.

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is closed Tuesday. The Brevard County attraction is without water service, but all structures and artifacts are intact, the complex said. A reopening timetable has not been announced.

Legoland Florida, which lost power as the storm came through Winter Haven, has not announced an opening date.

Busch Gardens expects to reopen Wednesday in Tampa.

The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, the observation wheel on International Drive, remains closed. Sister attractions Madame Tussauds and Sea Life Aquarium have reopened.

Also in operation: Orlando Science Center, Orange County Regional History Center, Ripley’s, Crayola Experience and Fun Spot attractions in Orlando and Kissimmee.

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