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Closures Still Remain at Walt Disney World After Hurricane Irma

All four theme parks and Disney Springs reopened yesterday, September 12 at Walt Disney World after being closed for two days due to Hurricane Irma.  Although most of the damage was minimal, the resort still suffered  downed/uprooted trees, lots of debris and some flooding. As crews work hard to clean-up the aftermath, some parks, resorts and attractions still remain closed.  Here’s the latest:

  • Jungle Cruise at Magic Kingdom reopened September 21
  • Friendship Boat Service at Epcot, Epcot Resorts and Disney’s Hollywood Studios now in full operation
  • Aerophile – The World Leader in Balloon Flight at Disney Springs will remain closed until further notice
  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park will reopen Thursday, September 14
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon will reopen Saturday, September 16
  • Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort & Campground reopens Wednesday, September 20
  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ dinner shows at Ft. Wilderness Resort canceled up to and including September 19
  • Disney’s Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs will reopen September 17

We will keep this post updated as information becomes available.


Actor Jason Marsden Visits Walt Disney World Resort

Jason Marsden recently visited Walt Disney World Resort.  During his visit, the Disney voice actor stopped by the Magic Kingdom during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and met up with the Sanderson Sisters.

You might remember Jason’s voice as the cat Thackery Binx in Disney’s “Hocus Pocus,” as well as Max, Goofy’s son, in “A Goofy Movie” and Mungo from Disney’s “Tarzan.”

You can also catch the Sanderson Sisters in the Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular stage show during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.  Visit here for more information or to purchase tickets.


The Walt Disney Company Commits $2.5 Million to Hurricane Irma Recovery Efforts

The Walt Disney Company has committed $2.5 million to aid in humanitarian relief efforts across Florida, the Caribbean and other areas impacted by Hurricane Irma. The donation will support the disaster response and recovery efforts of the American Red Cross, UNICEF, Save the Children, and other nonprofit organizations.

“As millions of people now face the daunting challenge of putting their lives and communities back together in the wake of these historic hurricanes, they need our help,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “We’re donating $2.5 million to support relief and recovery efforts in response to Hurricane Irma. This is in addition to nearly $16 million we raised after Hurricane Harvey to help ensure storm victims have the support needed to recover and rebuild.”

In addition to Disney’s donation announced today, contributions from Disney employees to eligible relief and recovery organizations will be matched dollar for dollar by Disney Employee Matching Gifts: A Program of The Walt Disney Company Foundation.

During Hurricane Irma, Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line donated meals, provided storage for supplies and power-utility vehicles, donated bedding to shelters, and made rooms available for first responders. Disney will also be donating goods and services throughout the region as specific needs are identified. Additionally, this evening, in partnership with other media companies, ABC will broadcast Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief, a telethon special to raise awareness and additional money to help the millions of people displaced and devastated by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Following Hurricane Harvey, The Walt Disney Company raised almost $16 million to help storm victims facing the daunting challenge of rebuilding their lives and communities. This total reflects Disney’s direct donation to the American Red Cross, personal contributions from employees matched dollar for dollar by Disney, and money raised across the Company through a variety of initiatives, including social media outreach and campaigns in Disney Stores in support of the Day of Giving, which aired August 31 across all of our media platforms.

Disney works on an ongoing basis with numerous nonprofit organizations on emergency preparedness efforts, including sharing lifesaving information with families before and during emergencies, having supplies prepositioned and at-the-ready to respond to natural disasters, and providing resources to activate large-scale responses in the event of a disaster.


Walt Disney World Operational Hours for Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Walt Disney World Resort will reopen as planned tomorrow after being closed September 10 and 11 due to Hurricane Irma.  The resort suffered minimal damage, and cleanup crews have been hard at work getting the theme parks ready for guests.

Park Hours for Tuesday, September 12, 2017

MAGIC KINGDOM

  • Extra Magic Hours 8am – 9am
  • Park Hours 9am-7pm
  • Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 7pm- midnight

EPCOT

  • Park Hours 9am – 9pm
  • Extra Magic Hours 9pm – 11pm

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Park Hours 9am-9pm

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Park Hours 9am – 9pm

DISNEY SPRINGS

  • Hours 10am – midnight

Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon water parks will remain closed until further notice.


Hurricane Irma Damage at Walt Disney World Resort

The Orlando area took a direct hit from Hurricane Irma last night with the eyewall actually passing over Walt Disney World Resort.  Here is some of the damage being reported in the area:

  • Animal Kingdom – Many trees down, debris
  • Epcot – trees down and flooding
  • Disney’s All Star Resorts – several trees down
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – flooding in the lobby area, trees down
  • Disney’s Art of Animation – trees down
  • Disney’s Beach Club – tree debris
  • Disney’s Boardwalk – tree limbs down, debris
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort – large trees down, lots of debris, signs down, chairs tossed, flooding
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort –  90mph wind speeds recorded and transformers exploded near the resort, some trees down
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa –  leaky roofs
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – large trees downed, some longhouse roof damage
  • Disney’s Pop Century – trees down/uprooted, lots of tree debris
  • Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter – main building closed due to flooding, several downed trees, lots of tree debris, some pool fencing and light fixtures down
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside – large trees down and uprooted
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs – trees down, lots of debris
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – large pine tree down blocking bus entrance, trees down in parking lot
  • Disney’s Yacht Club – large trees and limbs down, debris

The following message was posted to Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests this morning:

Good Morning!

Despite the weather, we hope your evening was comfortable.  As a reminder, we continue to observe local curfews and ask that you remain in your Resort room. building for your safety.  We will inform you once the curfew is lifted and ask that you stay tuned to channel 3 on your in-room television for more details.  Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Walt Disney World was closed yesterday and remains closed today, September 11. The resort anticipates to operate as normal on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.