Disney World among Florida theme park closures for Hurricane Ian

Busch Gardens and Discovery Cove in Tampa are closing for Wednesday and Thursday though Disney World near Orlando remains open.

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TAMPA, Fla. -- As the extremely dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Ian moves closer to Florida, a number of theme parks across Florida are closing in anticipation of stormy and potentially life-threatening weather conditions this week.

Walt Disney World theme parks are temporarily closed on Wednesday and Thursday. Disney Springs is closed on Wednesday, and park officials anticipate it will also be closed on Thursday. They will provide updates as they continue to track the storm.

Walt Disney World Resort theme parks and Disney Springs will close Wednesday and Thursday.

Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and EPCOT will close Wednesday, according to the Disney Parks blog.

Previously, Disney announced the Typhoon Lagoon water park will close Wednesday and Thursday. Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park is currently closed.

Some resort hotels and camp grounds will also close through Friday due to weather.

The last time Walt Disney World closed for a hurricane was Dorian in 2019. 


Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will be closed Tuesday through Thursday, while Sea World Orlando and Discovery Cove will be closed Wednesday and Thursday.  All admission tickets have been extended through December 31.

Extra precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of animals, park officials said.


Universal Studios Orlando and its CityWalk will close on Wednesday and remain closed on Thursday. 

LEGOLAND Florida Resort closed their theme park, water park and Peppa Pig Theme Park for Wednesday and Thursday.

Tickets dated for Sept. 28 through Oct. 2 will be automatically extended through the end of the year. Vacation stays during this time can be rebooked without penalty.