Hurricane Irma: Local attractions continue to monitor storm

As Florida prepares for Hurricane Irma to hit, here is a list of closures at the attractions in Central Florida:


Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando Resort has made the following operational decisions due to Hurricane Irma:

  • Resort and Parks will close at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9.  and will be fully closed on Sunday and Monday. They anticipate normal operating hours on Tuesday, Sept. 12.
  • On-site hotels are currently at full capacity and will remain operational as they focus on taking care of on-site guests.
  • Rock the Universe events at Universal Studios Florida will be cancelled on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

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  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach: Closed as of Friday, 9/8 – Monday, 9/11 
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon: Closing early on Saturday 9/9 at 5 PM – Monday, 9/11
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports: Closed on Saturday, 9/9 –  Monday, 9/11
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Closing early on Saturday, 9/9 at 7 PM  – Monday, 9/11
    • The Saturday, 9/9 Rivers of Light performance is canceled.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Closing early on Saturday, 9/9 at 7 PM  – Monday, 9/11
    • The Saturday, 9/9 Fantasmic! and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular performances are canceled.
  • Epcot: Closing early on Saturday, 9/9 at 9 PM – Monday, 9/11
    • The Saturday, 9/9 Illuminations Reflections of Earth performance is canceled.
  • Magic Kingdom: Closing early on Saturday, 9/9 at 9 PM – Monday, 9/11
    • The Saturday, 9/9 Happily Ever After fireworks performance is canceled.
  • Disney Springs: Closing early on Saturday, 9/9 at 9 PM – Monday, 9/11



To ensure the safety of our guests, ambassadors and animals during the expected impact from Hurricane Irma, SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, Discovery Cove, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island will be adjusting schedules as follows:

SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay are currently planning to close by 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 9, pending further updates as they closely monitor the storm. Both parks will remain closed on Sunday, September 10, and Monday, September 11. 

Aquatica Orlando and Adventure Island will be closed on Saturday, September 9, through Monday, September 11. 

Discovery Cove will be closed Sunday, September 10 and Monday, September 11. 

The parks are rescheduling or refunding any vacation package or individual park tickets booked through SeaWorld Vacations, Busch Gardens Vacations,,,, or the contact center. The parks will not apply any cancellation or change fees for this service.


LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park and Water Park will be closed Saturday, September 9 through Monday, September 11. LEGOLAND Hotel will remain open to admit arriving guests, LEGOLAND Beach Retreat guests will be relocated to LEGOLAND Hotel. Guests wishing to reschedule or cancel a LEGOLAND Florida Resort visit can do so without penalties or fees by calling their Customer Service Center at (877) 350-5346.

Crayola Experience 

Crayola Experience Orlando will close at 6 p.m. Friday. At this time, the attraction, situated in the Florida Mall, will remain closed through the weekend and expects to resume normal operation on Monday, September 11. 

Guests are encouraged to monitor and Crayola Experience Orlando's Facebook page for up-to-date hours and information. Crayola Experience Orlando is open 365 days a year. The last time it paused operations was for Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will be closed Friday, September 8 through Tuesday, September 12. At this time, the visitor complex officials anticipate reopening Wednesday, September 13, at 9 a.m. after a thorough assessment of the property.

Brevard Zoo

Brevard Zoo staff will follow a hurricane plan to protect animals and humans from Hurricane Irma. The staff will secure animals in buildings or provide them with access to shelter. The Zoo will have a team of animal care and maintenance employees to ride out the storm. The Zoo will remain open while staff prepare for the storm; however, certain experiences will not be available. The Zoo will close no earlier than Friday afternoon. The Zoo and Treetop Trek will be closed from Saturday to Monday. They may reopen on Tuesday, but this is dependent on the outcome of the storm. Closure and reopening details will be posted on the Zoo’s website and Facebook page.

Mall of Millenia

The Mall of Millenia will close Friday at 2 p.m. and is expected to reopen Tuesday at 10 a.m.


I-Drive 360

The I-Drive 360 entertainment complex will close to the general public on Saturday, September 9 at 4 p.m. A follow-up alert will be sent when I-Drive 360 announces a re-opening date/time.


Orlando Science Center

The Orlando Science Center will be closed on Saturday, September 9, Sunday, September 10 and Monday, September 11.

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