Disney, Universal Orlando theme parks reopen after weathering Ian
Hurricane Ian hit the Orlando theme parks with floods and high winds as it swept through the Sunshine State on Wednesday.
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Orlando theme parks that temporarily shut their doors in the face of Hurricane Ian began to reopen on Friday.
Here are a few of those parks, each with its own approach to reopening:
Walt Disney World Resort resumed theme park and Disney Springs operations in a phased approach beginning on Friday, Sept. 30. Updated operating hours will be listed on this page.
A guest at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin captured the flooding caused by Hurricane Ian on Wednesday night.
Universal Orlando Resort also began a phased reopening of parts of their destination beginning Friday, Sept. 30.
Halloween Horror Nights, Universal's big yearly Halloween event, went on as planned Friday at 5 p.m. for guests with existing tickets.
Universal's water park Volcano Bay also reopened on Friday.
Beginning Saturday, Oct. 1, Universal Orlando Resort and Halloween Horror Nights event will reopen to all guests.
"Our hearts continue to be with all those impacted by Hurricane Ian and we are grateful for the hard work of our Team Members during this challenging time," the theme park posted on its website. "We look forward to welcoming back all our guests and team members."
On Wednesday, Universal Orlando sustained damages from Hurricane Ian. Part of the Universal Orlando hotel Holidaymakers had its outer wall peeled off.
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SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment will remain closed on Friday, Sept. 30 but expect to reopen on Saturday, October 1.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment include Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island, SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando and Discovery Cove.
SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream events will go on as planned Saturday.
LEGOLAND Florida Resort will remain closed on Friday, Sept. 30. According to the LEGOLAND website, any tickets dated for Wednesday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 2 will be automatically extended through Dec. 31, 2022.
"We are grateful for the heroes who are working to rebuild our communities after Hurricane Ian, and our thoughts are with those who have been impacted by the storm," LEGOLAND posted in a blog on Friday.
LEGOLAND will reopen on Saturday at 10 a.m. and the Peppa Pig theme park will open at noon.
The LEGOLAND Water Park and Beach Retreat remain temporarily closed.
After making its fourth and final landfall, Ian became a post-tropical cyclone moving inland in South Carolina.