The Walt Disney World Resort announced this afternoon that it plans to resume its (somewhat) normal operation schedule on Wednesday, as the outer edges of Hurricane Dorian move through Central Florida overnight.
Disney closed all four of its theme parks early on Tuesday in preparation for the storm, which devastated parts of the Bahamas this week before turning north. The storm's center is not forecast to come ashore in Florida, but much of the eastern half of the state should feel its effects, as Dorian remains close enough to lash coastal communities with hurricane or at least tropical storm force winds.
SeaWorld Orlando also announced that it and its Aquatica water park will reopen at 11am Wednesday. Update: Universal posted normal operating hours for Wednesday and the Orlando International Airport announced Wednesday morning that flights would resume at noon.Tweet
Robert, apologies for going completely off topic, but will you (or anybody else) be covering the Nickelodeon Universe and DreamWorks Water Park, opening in New Jersey’s American Dream Mega-Mall, next month? I have literally only just read about it and was surprised not to have heard anything on here; especially as it will contain two record breaking coasters.
No one from those projects has reached out to me, and New Jersey isn't exactly my neighborhood, so... looks like not. (TPI Trivia: I've been to 49 states at this point. New Jersey is the 50th. This might - might - be the weirdest single thing about me.)
Orlando international airport is re opening this afternoon
Surprised New Jersey would be the odd state out on your list, Robert, especially since it is already home to Six Flags Great Adventure and multiple old school amusement parks and piers, sich as Morey's in Wildwood. American Dream Meadowlands opens phase one October 25, which includes the Nickelodeon Universe theme park and DreamWorks water park. The complex is more than half entertainment versus retail and will also have a snow/ski park and an observation wheel and new branches from Merlin Midway Attractions though not all opening next month. Lots of transportation issues since the intended rail service to Meadowlands station from NJ Transit won't be happening next month either, with buses deployed instead. Plus, the oddity of Bergen County blue laws restricting retail on Sundays in what is intended to be the largest shopping center in the area...but after one of the longest development periods ever for any project of this kind, any sign of an opening at all is considered a victory- plans moved at glacial speed and project is old enough to drink. Plenty of media coverage and Triple Triple Five's website for American Dream has plenty of details for those itching to ride the four roller coasters at Nickelodeon Universe.
Robert - Perhaps we need a TPI reader poll for a definitive ranking of the weirdest things about you? :-P
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We went to Epcot today since there was no school and my job was closed. It was not too crowded and we sampled some of the F&W goodies. When we got there the sign out front said closing at 3 PM, but later a guest told us they had extended to 7 PM (then at 3 PM as we were leaving a park-wide announcement went out letting everyone know). We got rain for a few minutes in the morning then nothing rest of the day. I think all the area theme parks will be back up and operating tomorrow.