Thursday, October 6, 2016

UPDATE 3: The Disney Parks Are Remaining Closed - Hurricane Crews Are Supposedly Assessing the Parks
Closings Continue Throughout The Disney Parks and Disney Springs Due to Weather Related Concerns 
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Reports are surfacing that certain parts of the Walt Disney World Resort are closing due to weather. While this is not an all inclusive list, here is what we know so far:

  • Both Disney water parks are closed for the day and will be closed tomorrow as well
  • The Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has been canceled for tonight at the Magic Kingdom
  •  Multiple Disney Springs locations will be closing at 5:00pm tonight and will be closed  tomorrow as well
    • Homecoming Kitchen: confirmed via twitter
    • Splitsville also confirmed 
    • Characters in Flight is already closed and will remain so through Sunday 
  • Fort Wilderness has already evacuated and will be closed through Sunday (guests were offered alternative resort accommodations) 
  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Review and Mickey's Backyard Barbecue is canceled through Sunday 
  • The spirit of Aloha Dinner Show has been canceled for Thursday and Friday 
  • Disney has created a short term "Ride it Out" cast to assist guests throughout the storm 
  • UPDATE 1: 
    • The Bungalows at the Polynesian Resort are being evacuated as well.
    • The Tree House Villas at Saratoga Springs are being evacuated.
      • Alternate accommodations are being made for those guests  
Multiple sources are suggesting that all guest leave the parks before 1:00pm as the storm is approaching more quickly than formerly expected. High winds are expected to begin very soon in the theme park areas.

UPDATE 2: The parks will shut down at 5pm tonight and remain closed into tomorrow. Here is some official information has received from the Disney company:

"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:
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.
  • 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

Trash cans at Animal Kingdom have been moved into the restrooms according to @brentdodge on twitter. Disney World has only closed 4 times in it's history, but tonight/tomorrow will be number 5. Disney does have protocols that they are putting into place to minimize damage and risks.  

Update 3: Thankfully, due to the storms arriving with lower amounts of rainfall and decreased wind speeds, resulting damage is expected to be lower than originally forecasted. 

However, Disney has yet to comment on an altered timeframe for the re-opening of the parks. There is a chance that a new timeframe may develop throughout the day, but currently all 4 parks and Disney Springs are remaining closed. 

Many reports are stating that hurricane crews will be in the parks today assessing the situation and evaluating the safety of buildings and attractions. We may get an update later in the day, but the parks are remaining closed for the time being. 

We will keep this list updated as best we can in the coming days as the storm moves through the area. Everyone in the area be safe and be sure to make precautions as well as you can. 

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