Disney World is always open, rain or shine…but today, Oct. 6, the Orlando, FL park has closed for the 4th time in history due to Hurricane Matthew, and people are flipping out. Disney World shutting its doors is just one of the latest negative side effects of the storm, which is raging closer to the state as we speak. Here’s the update!
Walt Disney World is closing in preparation for Hurricane Matthew, a Walt Disney World spokesperson confirms to USA TODAY. “Based on the most recent forecasts for Hurricane Matthew, Walt Disney World theme parks, water parks, Disney Springs, miniature golf courses and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will all be closed today by 5 p.m., and will remain closed through Friday, Oct. 7,” a spokeswoman for the park said. Bummer, but you don’t really want to be at Disney World in the middle of a hurricane, do you?
Several Disney resorts, including the Fort Wilderness Campground, the Polynesian Bungalows, and the Saratoga Springs Treehouse Villas, are evacuating guests, as USA TODAY reports. If you have an existing reservation within 7 days of today, you can check out Disney’s hurricane policy here to see how to get a refund. You can also get constant updates on Hurricane Matthew with HollywoodLife.com‘s live blog right here.
Fans are understandably freaking out over the park’s forced closing due to the storm. Take a look:
#Matthew must be a severe storm – Walt Disney World is now closed.
— mike.mccarron (@CAPTMCMcCarron) October 6, 2016
just so you know disney world just closed for the 4th time in its history
this is a national emergency
— spoopy tats 🎃 (@TatianaLaurenx3) October 6, 2016
Wow. Walt Disney World closing today at 5 p.m. and closed Friday. You know it's serious….
— Dinah Voyles Pulver (@DinahVP) October 6, 2016
You know it's bad when Disney world closes
— Bobby Bassler (@Bassler13) October 6, 2016
You know shits gotten real when Disney world closes #PrayForFlorida
— maria (@kickassivan) October 6, 2016
If this storm destroys Disney World I am gonna be so mad
— Amy Wright (@amyrenaewright) October 6, 2016
This is a huge deal — Disney has only shut down three other times since the park opened on October 1, 1971. The first time was in 1999 for Hurricane Floyd, and the following two closings took place in 2004 for hurricanes Frances and Jeanne. Safety is the priority, but we feel for anyone who’s had their vacation ruined by the storm. You can click here to watch a live stream of Hurricane Matthew.
HollywoodLifers, if you’re in an affected area, stay safe and updated on your county’s official evacuation orders!