Hurricane Florence is heading towards the Carolinas, with damaging winds and rains. States have issued evacuation orders for many areas along the coastline, including parts of North and South Carolina, and Virginia.
As such, different amusement parks and resorts are watching the storm closely, and eyeing them for possible closure and in some cases closing and making preparations.
Myrtle Beach is one the areas expected to be affected the most, and is taking a lot of precautions with the amusement parks and attractions along the coast. One of those precautions includes removing the Gondolas from the Myrtle Beach Skywheel.
The Disney Resort in Hilton Head, South Carolina has shut down and will remain closed until after the storm passes. Disney posted the following message on their website:
With Hurricane Florence approaching the U.S. East Coast, Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort will close today, Tuesday, Sept. 11 and is expected to remain closed through Monday, Sept. 17. Please continue to check back for updates.
Members and Guests with questions about an upcoming reservation should contact Member Services at (800) 800-9800. To read more about Disney Vacation Club’s hurricane policy, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.
And here’s information on Disney Vacation Club’s hurricane policy:
From June 1 to November 30, in the event a hurricane warning is issued by the National Hurricane Center for the Orlando area, Vero Beach area, Hilton Head Island, Oʻahu or for the Member’s place of residence within 7 days before the scheduled arrival date, the Member may call Member Services at (800) 800-9800 or (407) 566-3800 prior to Check-In to cancel or reschedule, based upon availability, their Disney Vacation Club Resort reservation without any cancellation or modification penalty.
Just call Member Services at (800) 800-9800or (407) 566-3800 as indicated above. If you were planning on staying at a Member Getaways destination and a hurricane warning is issued for that destination, please also contact Member Services.
We cannot guarantee availability of similar accommodations for the new travel dates.
The policy does not apply to certain special events and dining experiences (e.g., the Member Cruise).
This policy pertains to hurricane warnings only. Other weather advisory levels are handled on a case-by-case basis and Members should contact Member Services.
Other parks are still deciding on whether or not to shut down, as they monitor the storm carefully. Most of the parks will be starting their Halloween events this weekend, so safety is definitely a priority.
Carowinds is eyeing the storm and tweeted out a message:
We are monitoring weather forecasts while we prepare for the opening weekend of #SCarowinds and The Great Pumpkin Fest. Any changes to the park schedule will be announced on social media and https://t.co/FOLSNUp5e5.
— Carowinds (@Carowinds) September 11, 2018
Busch Gardens in Virginia also made an announcement about the storm and operations:
It’s too early to know if Busch Gardens will close this coming weekend, but we are closely monitoring the storm and will update our fans as soon as there’s additional information. Thank you for your understanding, and please be safe during the storm.
— Busch Gardens VA (@BuschGardensVA) September 11, 2018
While it definitely is too early for some parks to tell, we can’t see Carowinds being open for the weekend, simply with the amounts of rain that are expected.
Other parks to watch will in be Six Flags Over Georgia and the various amusement parks along the coast.
We will keep you updated as we learn more. Please stay safe, and listen warnings and evacuation orders.