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Walt Disney World, other Orlando theme parks close for Hurricane Matthew


For the fourth time in Walt Disney World’s 45-year history, the park is shutting down. In anticipation of Category 4 Hurricane Matthew, Disney World is just one of the many Orlando theme parks that have decided to close its doors.

Disney issued a statement on its website stating that its theme parks, water parks, Disney Springs, miniature golf courses and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex all closed at 5 p.m. Thursday and will remain closed through Friday. The park’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is also canceled for Thursday and Friday nights.

Disney World has only closed three times before – in 1999 for Hurricane Floyd, and twice in 2004 for Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne.

Universal Studios also closed at 5 p.m. Thursday and has cancelled Halloween Horror Nights Thursday and Friday. The park issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying it plans to resume normal operations Saturday morning.

SeaWorld closed its doors at 2 p.m. Thursday and plans to reopen Saturday at 10 a.m., according to a statement on its website.