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In a rare move, Walt Disney World to close for Hurricane Irma

In a rare move, Walt Disney World to close for Hurricane Irma

The Orlando Sentinel reports Walt Disney World Resort doesn't typically allow guests to change or cancel planned visits ahead of a hurricane unless there is an active warning in place from the National Hurricane Center for the Orlando area.

Walt Disney Co. and Comcast Corp. are closing their Florida theme parks for at least two days in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, the companies said Friday.

The company released details of all closures and entertainment adjustments on its website.

Universal Orlando's on-site hotels are now at full capacity and will remain operational. "We will provide regular updates to our guests on all operational changes". Sea World will also be shuttering their parks in preparations for Irma.

The Disney parks and attractions will close up shop at points between Friday night and Saturday night.

The Orlando theme park has also received five bottle-nose dolphins from the Florida Keys who are taking refuge in the park. Smaller animals like baby manatees, otters, and birds have been relocated to more secure enclosures.

Doors will shutter at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 9.

In Lakeland, Legoland announced that it would be closed Saturday Monday.

Most forecasts call for Irma to hit South Florida with hurricane conditions starting late on Saturday or early on Sunday. The event, however, is canceled for Saturday night and Sunday morning.

The more than two-day shutdown marks a significant closure for the happiest place on earth, which ceased operating for just one-and-a-half days past year during Hurricane Matthew.