Disney World, Universal to reopen Tuesday after Irma sweeps through Florida

Camille Rivera
September 13, 2017

However water parks will remain closed for Tuesday and will aim to open later in the week.

Disney World in Florida has only been evacuated five times: Twice for Hurricane France and Floyd in 1999, for Hurricane Jean in 2004, in preparation of Hurricane Matthew in October and Disney resorts were also closed after 9/11.

On Thursday, September 7, the park tweeted: "In anticipation of inclement weather, Night of Joy has been cancelled on September 9 and Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has been cancelled on September 10".

Disney's Saratoga Springs Treehouse Villas are scheduled to re-open on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.

Disney's nearby theme park rival, Universal Studios, also closed the doors during Hurricane Irma. "Resort hotels will remain open, though services and amenities will be adjusted".

In attempt to enforce a 6 p.m. curfew Monday, Orange County Sheriff's deputies drove up and down the main tourists areas from the Orlando County Convention Center and Universal Boulevard to blare: "Go back to your hotels".

The Disney parks, which were closed Sunday and Monday, opened at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Universal Studios said its parks "saw relatively minor damage overnight involving fences, trees, signage and building facades", in a statement to USA TODAY. However, Hurricane Irma has ripped through the Caribbean and reached Florida over the weekend, prompting the theme park to shut.

We expect SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando to reopen on Wednesday, September 13. An opening day for Discovery Cove hasn't been announced yet.

Here are some images Disney's guests have posted on social media in the aftermath of the storm.

If you're traveling to Walt Disney World Resorts, you can stay up to date with park closures and cancellations here.

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