Hurricane Irma and Central Florida theme parks-Everything you need to know


Hurricane Irma is slated to hit Florida over the weekend with most of the state under hurricane watches and warnings, and bad weather expected for all.

If you are visiting Central Florida’s theme parks, your vacation plans could be a washout, and there could be some serious weather.

Here’s a list of all the theme parks policies and procedures during a storm, and a list of closings. We will keep this updated as we can when we learn more.


Orlando International Airport: 

  • Limited commercial service resuming on Tuesday.

Sea World Parks and Resorts: 

  • SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, Discovery Cove, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island will reopen on Wednesday.
  • Busch Gardens Tampa has canceled the “Guy Harvey Weekend” that was scheduled for this weekend, however, it has been rescheduled. Guests can now meet Guy Harvey at Busch Gardens Tampa on December 16th and 17th. If you have this weekend scheduled, you’ll automatically be refunded, and will just have to call and re-reserve for December.

Universal Orlando Resort: 

  • All Three Parks will reopen at 9 AM on Tuesday, September 12th.

Walt Disney World Resort:

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon will reopen later this week
  • Disney Springs will reopen tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 12 with normal, advertised operating hours.
  • All Walt Disney World Theme Parks will reopen tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 12 with normal, advertised operating hours.
  • Special events, such as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, will also take place.

LEGOLAND Florida: 

  • LEGOLAND Florida Resort, including LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park, LEGOLAND Water Park, LEGOLAND Hotel and LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, currently are closed and without power.
  • LEGOLAND continues to assess the storm’s impact and will re-open only after power has been restored and when it is safe to do so.
  • LEGOLAND will post any operational changes on and on their social media channels, including information about when the theme park, water park and accommodations will re-open.
  • At this time, guests with reservations for overnight accommodations at LEGOLAND Florida Resort are encouraged to seek shelter elsewhere.The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye:
  • The‪ Coca-Cola Orlando Eye remains temporarily closed following Hurricane Irma. Normal operations will resume as soon as it is safe to do so.  All purchased tickets are valid for thirty days.


  • Gatorland hasn’t yet announced when they will reopen.


  • Will reopen at approximately 7PM tonight for a limited time.


If you’re heading to Orlando, or are in Orlando for vacation, don’t panic. Every major theme park allows you to cancel your reservations, or reschedule them in times like these. Hurricanes happen, but vacations can be rescheduled, or at least refunded. The biggest thing to remember, is just be safe.

Last updated on Monday, September 11th at 10:30 pm Eastern Time. 



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