Disney World, Universal to reopen Tuesday after Irma sweeps through Florida

Carla Harmon
September 12, 2017

Trees have been knocked down, and there has been some flooding, but the resorts appear to have escaped the worst of the storm.

Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon will remain closed.

The closure Irma caused was just the fifth of its kind in Disney World's history. And taking a glance at the aftermath of Irma at Disney World, it's a good thing all the parks are closed.

The park, dubbed "The Most Magical Place on Earth", will now open on Tuesday.

SeaWorld Orlando had no significant damage "discovered as of initial checks on Monday morning", according to a statement from the park.

The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm watch for portions of southern Tennessee and a wind advisory starting Monday afternoon across central and eastern sections of the state, especially in higher elevations.

Universal said its facility suffered relatively minor damage to fences, trees and building facades.

"Our thoughts go out to all those impacted by Hurricane Irma and we stand ready to help our community recover. We are hard at work inside our parks", Universal said. It cut power to millions of people and ripped roofs off homes as it hit a wide swath of Florida on Sunday and Monday and moved into neighboring states, Reuters reported. A wind advisory is in effect for the mid state, where winds of 15 to 30 miles per hour with gusts to 45 miles per hour will be common. While the theme parks and attractions were closed on Sunday and Monday, neither of the resorts lost power, and both kept hotels running for guests.

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