Area theme parks reopen doors after Hurricane Irma

Kelly Massey
September 13, 2017

After being closed for two full days due to Hurricane Irma, Universal Orlando Resort has announced the official reopening of all three parks on Tuesday, September 12 at 9 a.m.

Disney resort hotels remained open during Irma, but the parks were closed Sunday and Monday.

On Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, the only select restaurants at Disney Resort hotels are open for Disney Resort Guests. The area saw winds up to 58 miles per hour and gusts up to 79 miles per hour, the National Weather Service reported.

Universal's PR department sent out a release stating that they would resume operations today at 9 a.m.

By the looks of it, there was no major damage done to the theme parks or resorts, but there is plenty of minimal damage (overturned trees, broken signs, strewn lawn chairs, and scattered branches and leaves) - leaving a large clean-up operation.

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Universal Studios Florida is operating on the same reopening schedule, according to its website.

Our destination saw relatively minor damage overnight involving fences, trees, signage and building facades. More recently, the parks shuttered in 2016 during Hurricane Matthew. Witness David Evans wrote "there was a violent tossing of the ship from side-to-side and most of the furniture was overturned in our room".

SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica water park are slated to open on Wednesday. An opening day for Discovery Cove hasn't been announced yet.

All of these popular attractions are just south of Orlando, with Universal Orlando Resort, which includes The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and SeaWorld Orlando just northeast of Disney.

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