What happens to Florida’s theme parks and cruise ships as Ian approaches?
As Hurricane Ian made landfall in western Cuba early Tuesday, Floridians, including operators of popular Florida theme parks, watched the rapidly intensifying storm.
This Tuesday’s main theme and the status of water parks and other places of interest to tourists is this:
Busch Gardens (Tampa)
Ian’s path remains uncertain, but as of Tuesday morning, the Tampa Bay area appeared to be at a crossroads.
As a result, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, he said.
“Due to the projected path of Hurricane Ian, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has enacted its eponymous hurricane policy…Precautions are being taken following the parks extensive weather preparation plan to ensure the safety of our animals and ambassadors during this time,” the park announced on its website.
“All tickets have been extended until December 31,” the park said. Additionally, “Annual Pass Member guest tickets with a September 30 expiration date will be extended to October 16.”
Discovery Cove (Orlando)
The all-inclusive resort with animal encounters and tropical aquatic environments is closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The parks “will review or refund reservations made online or at the call center. We do not charge any cancellation or change fees for this service.” For more information you can call +1 407-513-4600.
Disney World (Orlando)
Most Disney World properties are still open.
The resort said on its website, “Currently operating under normal conditions as we prepare to make necessary adjustments based on the latest information from the National Weather Service.”
However, these properties and units will be closed from Wednesday to Friday:
- Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
- Copper Creek Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
- Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
They are closed from Wednesday to Thursday:
- Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon (Blizzard Beach is currently closed anyway)
- Winter Summerland Miniature Golf and Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf
The Disney Springs shopping, dining and entertainment area remains open.
Universal Resort (Orlando)
The cinematographic amusement park is operating as usual. The park’s severe weather policy includes free rescheduling or cancellation policies if the park is closed.
“The National Hurricane Center in that event [de EE.UU.] If a hurricane or tropical storm warning is issued or a state of emergency is declared in the Orlando area or where you live, you may contact our team in advance to cancel or reschedule your Universal Parks & Ride within seven days of your arrival. “Resorts vacation packages, hotel room accommodations and Universal Orlando theme park tickets booked directly with Universal Orlando are subject to no cancellation or change fees,” the park says on its website.
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