Hurricane Irma rolled through Central Florida this past Sunday on September 10th, leaving millions without power across the state and Walt Disney World's theme parks closed for two days straight. However, now that Walt Disney World’s theme parks have reopened as of Tuesday September 12th, things are starting to get back to normal around the resort. However, guests who visit the theme parks in the next few days will see a few operational changes that may impact their visit, including the following:
Some attractions will stay closed for awhile
Though all four Walt Disney World theme parks opened on time on Tuesday September 12, 2017, there were several attractions that were kept shuttered, including the following: the Walt Disney World Railroad, Jungle Cruise, Tom Sawyer Island, Liberty Square Riverboat, Kali River Rapids, Maharajah Jungle Trek, and Rafiki’s Planet Watch.
As you might have surmised, most of these attractions are outside, and the major problem keeping them closed is debris. However, though we’ll probably see most of these attractions open again by the end of the week, Cast Members have said that damage to the Jungle Cruise due to the storm has been rather extensive, and this specific ride may not open again until the middle of next week at the earliest as the damage continues to be assessed and repairs are made.
Unfortunately, since none of these impromptu refurbishments were scheduled, Times Guides won’t be accurate at the parks, but guests can check My Disney Experience to keep track of attraction closures and re-openings around the theme parks.
Fort Wilderness to stay closed until further notice
Though almost every Walt Disney World resort hotel saw some minor damage during the storm (including downed trees, damaged signage, etc.) the Fort Wilderness Resort saw the most impact from Hurricane Irma, and Disney has announced that cleanup and repair of this resort and campground will take a lot longer than just a few days, and the resort will be closed until further notice. In addition, all performances this week of the Hoop De Doo Revue as well as Mickey’s Backyard BBQ have all been cancelled as Disney tries to get a handle on all the damage around this hotel.