Theme parks announce closures due to Hurricane Matthew

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As the Orlando area is now under hurricane warning, theme parks are responding with official statements on revised park hours and where guests can shelter if needed. 

Walt Disney World states on their official site that the parks will close Thursday at 5 p.m. and remain closed throughout Friday. This is just the fourth time Disney has ever closed for a full day in its history; all have been due to hurricanes. 

Guests in Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground are going to be evacuated and moved to resort rooms, said Walt Disney World News Today. Walt Disney World is also reportedly willing to work out arrangements for guests staying at the resort Wednesday, Oct. 5, through Sunday, Oct. 9. 

On Thursday, Universal announced via Twitter that the parks will be closing at 5 p.m. and remain closed through Friday. Halloween Horror Nights and Blue Man Group shows are canceled for Thursday and Friday. Normal operations will resume Saturday.

SeaWorld said that they anticipate altered hours due to the hurricane, and park hours should be checked for the most up-to-date information on their official site. For now, the park is open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday and closed Friday, resuming their normal hours and scheduled activities on the weekend. 

The Legoland Resort in Winter Haven will operate as scheduled Thursday, Oct. 6  but the Legoland Theme Park may close early due to the approach of Hurricane Matthew. The theme park will remain closed Friday, Oct. 7, but the hotel will be open to admit arriving guests. Both expect to operate as scheduled Saturday, Oct. 8, but will make adjustments as necessary.

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