NEWS: Disney World Begins Reopening Following Hurricane Matthew

With the last bit of Hurricane Matthew heading out of central Florida, Disney World has announced it’s reopening times for it’s theme parks and entertainment activities. Late Thursday, October 6, Hurricane Matthew shifted slightly east and therefore the Orlando felt less impact from the storm than originally forecasted. With winds dying down and rain moving out of the area, Disney World is gearing up to get back making magic for their guests.

With no major damage from Hurricane Matthew on and around Disney property, Disney World is already coming back to life and some part of property are actually opening earlier than planned.

Here is the updated list of closures and reopening times:

  • All 4 Disney World theme parks are closed through Friday, October 7. Theme parks are scheduled to open early at 8:00 AM Saturday, October 8. Posted closure times remains the same.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park will open for Extra Magic Hours at 7:00 am on Saturday, October 8 for Resort Guests only.
  • Disney Springs is closed through Friday, October 7 to the general public. A limited number of stores will open at 5:00 pm on Friday, October 7 for resort hotel guests only. Normal operating hours will resume as scheduled on Saturday, October 8.
  • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom is cancelled on Friday, October 7.
  • Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon closed on Friday, October 7. Operating hours will resume as scheduled on Saturday, October 8.
  • Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground closed through Friday, October 7.
  • Hoop-Dee-D0o Revue and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ are cancelled through Sunday.
  • Spirit of Aloha Dinner show at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is cancelled on Friday, October 7.
  • Characters in Flight at Disney Springs closed through Sunday.
  • Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf and Winter Summerland Miniature Golf will resume opening hours as scheduled on Saturday, October 8.

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About Shari Davis

Shari Davis fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first trip in 1992 at the age of 6. Her most vivid memory of that trip is being secretly excited that she could ride Splash Mountain and her younger sister wasn’t tall enough. Shari now has an almost one year old daughter, Colette, and she can't wait to see the look on her daughter's face when she sees Cinderella Castle for the first time and meets her first Disney Princess. You can find her riding the Tower of Terror over and over, enjoying a margarita at the La Cava del Tequila, or obsessively trying to make a reservation at Be Our Guest. Additionally, Shari is currently seeking to instill the same passion for Disney in her husband. Updates to come.