ORLANDO, Fla. – As Hurricane Nicole approaches Florida, area theme parks and attractions are preparing.
Some attractions have announced closures, while others are still “watching” the storm before making adjustments to operations.
Here is a list of closures and changes, which will be updated as new information becomes available.
Aquatica Orlando will be closed Wednesday and Thursday due to Tropical Storm Nicole. The water park plans to reopen on Friday.
BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will be closed Thursday due to Tropical Strom Nicole. In a statement, the park said it made the decision after “reviewing the latest track of Tropical Storm Nicole and to ensure the safety of our ambassadors, guests and animals.” Busch Gardens encourages visitors to check its website for updates on the reopening of the park.
Disney World is closing its theme parks in phases on Wednesday due to Tropical Storm Nicole.
The parks will close from 5 p.m. Wednesday and remain closed until Thursday morning, the station said in an update on its website. “Theme parks are unlikely to reopen at their scheduled time tomorrow, November 10,” the notice reads.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be the first park to close at 5 p.m. Disney’s Hollywood Studios will close at 6 p.m., followed by EPCOT and Magic Kingdom at 7 p.m. Due to park closures, Disney is canceling all Wednesday night shows, including Disney. Enchanting, Harmonious and Fantastic!
Disney Springs also closes early Wednesday, with the entertainment, dining and shopping complex scheduled to close at 7 p.m. and remain closed until Thursday morning.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park will be closed Thursday, while the Winter Summerland and Fantasia Gardens mini-golf courses will close early Wednesday (at 7 p.m.) and remain closed Thursday.
Gatorland will be closed Thursday due to approaching Tropical Storm Nicole weather conditions. The park plans to reopen on Friday, with regular hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The ICON Park Wheel will close at 3 p.m. Wednesday and will remain closed Thursday. The Carrousel de la Promenade will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday.
Restaurants and other attractions at the resort will remain open for business, officials said, unless the weather becomes too severe.
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER VISITOR COMPLEX
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex announced it would be closed Wednesday and Thursday due to expected severe weather from Tropical Storm Nicole. The visitor complex plans to reopen on November 11 after carrying out a “thorough assessment of the property”.
Legoland Florida Resort is adjusting its park hours in response to Tropical Storm Nicole. On Thursday, the Legoland Florida theme park will be open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., while the Peppa Pig theme park will be open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Legoland water park will be closed.
Legoland Florida hotels will remain open and continue normal operations.
SEA WORLD ORLANDO
SeaWorld Orlando will close at 4 p.m. Wednesday due to Tropical Storm Nicole. The park will remain closed Thursday and plans to reopen Friday.
“Precautions are in place following the park’s comprehensive weather preparedness plan to ensure the safety of our animals and ambassadors during this time,” SeaWorld said in an update on its website.
Volcano Bay Water Park will be closed Wednesday due to Tropical Storm Nicole.
Universal also announced that Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and CityWalk will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. A phased/delayed reopening is expected on Thursday, the station said in the update. Universal’s hotels will remain operational so they can focus on supporting customers.