Major Disney World and Universal Parks Remain Closed as Florida Battles Frigid Temps

Blizzard Beach, Volcano Bay Cold Temps closed

For the past few days, the entire United States has been battling what weather experts call a “bomb cyclone” — the rapid deepening of an extratropical cyclonic low-pressure area. The massive bomb cyclone has brought record-low temperatures to traditionally warm areas, temperatures with wind chills in the negative 60s to northern areas, and massive blizzards to the northeast. The Sunshine State has not been able to escape the wrath of the weather gods, and Florida has seen some of the lowest temperatures in decades.

Buffalo Blizzard

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Those visiting the Walt Disney World Resort are used to the sunshine and warm temperatures. Even in the winter, typically a sweatshirt is enough to keep you warm on that rare, cold day. However, for the past few days, temperatures in Central Florida have been dipping into the 30s, getting dangerously close to freezing and, in parts of the state, dropping below freezing. Because of that, both Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort have been forced to close some very popular theme parks.

Florida cold temps

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Disney and Universal want to keep their Guests safe. They have decided to close their respective water parks — Blizzard Beach at Walt Disney World Resort and Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort. The Walt Disney World website states that Blizzard Beach will be closed on both Tuesday, December 27, and Wednesday, December 28. The water park is scheduled to resume its normal operating hours on Thursday, December 29, and will be open from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m.

Blizzard Beach

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Universal Orlando shared that Volcano Bay will be closed on Tuesday, December 27. At this time, they have not shared if Volcano Bay will remain closed on Wednesday as well.

?️ ❄️ Weather Update ❄️?️
Volcano Bay will be closed on Tuesday, December 27 due to inclement weather. For park updates, please call 407-817-8317 or stay tuned to Universal Orlando’s social channels.

Thankfully, it looks like the cold temperatures will soon be a thing of the past. On Tuesday, Orlando will see temperatures in the low 60s, but after that, the temperatures will continue to climb, and by the end of the week, Central Florida will be back in the 80s.

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!