Published on : Monday, September 11, 2017
With Hurricane Irma viciously carrying on its destructions through Florida, it is increasingly posing a threat to millions of Floridians’ well-being and belongings. The powerful storm also threatens to damage one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world, which is the Walt Disney World.
If one or all of the theme parks are destroyed by the storm, the state tourism would be seriously hit, with tourism being Florida’s largest industry. Each day, the park brings in millions of dollars in revenue. Just last month the state hit an all-time tourism record for the first half of 2017. About 60.7 million out-of-state tourists flocked to the Sunshine State, a majority of who were from the U.S. itself.
All four of Disney World’s Parks in Orlando—Epcot, Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios – stands the chance of being hit by Irma. Although the storm has not yet made it to the Orlando area, the predicted severity of the hurricane prompted the park to shut down.
A statement from the park said, “Based on the latest forecasts for Hurricane Irma and keeping safety top of mind, Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Springs will be closed through Monday, September 11. Resort hotels will remain open, though services and amenities will be adjusted. We hope to resume normal operations on Tuesday, September 12.”
However, for those who are worried about taking a loss on previously purchased Disney tickets, the park offers refunds and reschedules for those with vacation plans impacted by Hurricane Irma.
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