Disney World: Irma causes park to close for sixth time in nearly 50 years

By on September 10, 2017
Disney World: Irma causes park to close for sixth time in nearly 50 years

Disney World: Irma causes park to close for sixth time in nearly 50 years

For the first time in history, Walt Disney World is closing for two consecutive days, due to Hurricane Irma.

The Disney Parks blog reports that the park will be shuttered on Sunday, Sept 10, and Monday, Sept 11, until further notice. The park isn’t the only closure — Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios will close early on Saturday, Sept 9. The resorts will remain open, and visitors are encouraged tostay tuned to their site for reopening date and time.

The closing also means that Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on Sept. 10 as well as Night of Joy at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (Sept. 9) are now both canceled. Disney is offering park-goers who already have tickets to these special events either full refunds or the option to swap dates.

The fact that the park will be closed for straight days is a pretty big deal considering that it’s only had a handful of closures since opening in 1971. Disney World experienced a similar situation in October 2016 when Hurricane Matthew forced the park to close early and shut down the following day.

The park plans to operate as normal on Sept. 12 but will depend on weather and safety conditions.

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