Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Special Irma Update 9/8 3:00 pm EDT

Compiled by Joe Kleiman, InPark News Editor


Please note the addition of Lowry Park Zoo and changes to Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando, and LEGOLAND Florida. The 6:00 pm EDT will feature an update on SeaWorld’s assistance efforts in Texas following Hurricane Harvey.


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 will close Sept 9.

Universal Orlando Resort: The entire resort will close at 7 pm on Sept 9 and reopen on Tuesday, Sept 12. Rock the Universe will commence this evening, but tomorrow’s Rock the Universe and Sunday’s prayer service have been canceled.

LEGOLAND Florida: LEGOLAND Florida theme park and LEGOLAND Florida Waterpark will be closed Sept 9 – 11.  The LEGOLAND Hotel will remain open and will admit arriving guests. The LEGOLAND Beach Retreat will close, with guests being reassigned to the LEGOLAND Hotel.

Orlando Eye: The Eye will be closed on Sept 9. Operations will resume once the storm has passed.

SeaWorld Orlando/Aquatica/Discovery Cove: SeaWorld Orlando will close by 5 pm EDT on Saturday and will remain closed on Sunday and Monday. Aquatica Orlando will be closed Saturday – Monday. Discovery Cove will be closed on Sunday and Monday. SeaWorld and Busch Gardens are enacting their “Peace of Mind” Policy. The parks are rescheduling or refunding any vacation package or individual park tickets booked through SeaWorld Vacations, Busch Gardens Vacations,,,, or the contact center. The parks will not apply any cancellation or change fees for this service.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will close by 5 pm EDT on Saturday and will remain closed on Sunday and Monday. Adventure Island will be closed Saturday – Monday.

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo: The zoo closed at 2 pm EDT today and will remain closed through Monday.

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 9/8 at 6:00 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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