Universal Studios Orlando Resort just announced a theme park closure via the resort’s Twitter account.
No one likes to visit the Walt Disney World Resort or Universal Studios Orlando Resort during a park closure. It’s one thing if Guests live close to the parks and visit frequently. But it’s quite another thing altogether for those who’ve traveled hundreds of miles to visit the parks, only to find out that circumstances had led the parks to close.
At the time of this post, the Orlando area is under a Tornado Watch until 4:00 p.m. local time, as issued by the National Weather Service, and the threat of inclement weather and much cooler weather has forced Universal Studios Orlando to announce the early closure of the resort’s water park, Volcano Bay, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday.
At this time, there is no word on weather the water theme park will be closed on Friday, as the weather is an ever-changing beast that can dry up and go away as quickly as it can take and turn and become far more severe than previously forecast.
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Volcano Bay will be closing at 2:00 PM today, 12/15/2022, due to inclement weather.
— Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) December 15, 2022
According to Universal Orlando’s severe weather policy, there is some wiggle room in certain cases in which the parks must be closed due to some weather scenarios.
In the event that a hurricane or tropical storm warning is issued by the National Hurricane Center or a state of emergency is declared for the Orlando area or in your place of residence, within seven days of your arrival, you can contact our team in advance to reschedule or cancel your Universal Parks & Resorts Vacations Package, hotel room only accommodations and Universal Orlando theme park tickets booked directly with Universal Orlando, without any cancellation or change fees imposed. If you have purchased airline tickets as part of your Universal Parks and Resorts Vacations package, you may still be subject to cancellation and change fees assessed by those airlines.
At the time of this post, the Walt Disney World Resort has not announced any closures. News of additional closures will be shared as it becomes available.