After closing for two days while Hurricane Ian destroyed homes and businesses across Florida, Walt Disney World is gradually reopening its theme parks on Friday.
The Magic Kingdom and other Disney theme parks opened their doors at 10 a.m. Epcot will reopen at 11 a.m., Hollywood Studios at noon, and the theme park at Animal Kingdom at 1 p.m.
According to Disney’s website, guests staying at Disney hotels can enter the theme parks before they reopen to the general public. Guests may use their park passes through the end of the day on Friday if they were valid for the days that Disney was closed this week.
Due to weather-related concerns, some Disney properties, including the Copper Creek Cabins and the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, are still closed, according to Disney.
Disney announced on Tuesday that owing to the storm, its theme parks would be closed on Wednesday and Thursday.
In addition, Ian briefly closed the international airports in Tampa and Orlando, as well as numerous other Florida companies. One of the most damaging hurricanes in American history, according to preliminary estimates, the storm might cost the state up to $70 billion in damage.
On Wednesday, Ian, a Category 4 hurricane, made landfall in southwest Florida before racing through the state. The National Hurricane Center warned that it may bring “life-threatening storm surge” and hurricane conditions to South Carolina’s coastal region as it approached the state on Friday.
But Ian may not be done with Florida. “Major to record river flooding will continue across central Florida through next week,” the hurricane center predicted.