Sunday, May 26, 2024

Irma Update 9/7 7:00 pm EDT

Compiled by Joe Kleiman, InPark News Editor

Atlantis Bahamas reports that the Eye of the Hurricane will hit far south of the resort and that guests and animals are secure. Baha Mar has been evacuated.

Following animal facilities are closed and their infrastructure and animal collections have been secured to the best extent possible: Theater of the Sea, Dolphin Research Center, Zoo Miami, Jungle Island, Miami Seaquarium, Frost Museum of Science, Brevard Zoo. Due to the unpredictable nature of hurricanes, with one exception, zoo and aquarium animals have not been relocated, out of concern of placing animals in a more dangerous situation should the path veer.

The one exception is Dolphin Discovery, located on Duck Key, which successfully transported its five dolphins to SeaWorld Orlando, accompanied by four trainers.


Walt Disney World: Night of Joy on Sept 9 and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on Sept 10 have been canceled. Blizzard Beach is closed for the weekend, though Typhoon Lagoon remains open. Fort Wilderness Campground is closed.

Universal Orlando Resort: Parks, CityWalk, and hotel operations remain normal at this time.

LEGOLAND Florida: Operations remain normal at this time.

Orlando Eye: Operations remain normal at this time.

SeaWorld Orlando/Aquatica/Discovery Cove: Operations remain normal at this time.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay: Guy Harvey Weekend has been rescheduled for December 16 and 17. Otherwise, operations remain normal at this time.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: Will be closed from September 8-12.

Central Florida attractions will continue to monitor the situation and make changes accordingly.

NEXT UPDATE at 11:00 pm EDT

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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