ORLANDO, Fla. — In response to Hurricane Nicole hitting Florida, area theme parks and attractions have made adjustments, with some closing ahead of the storm and others changing their hours of operation.
Here is a list of closures and reopenings. It 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 Storm 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 closed its four theme parks early Wednesday ahead of the storm. The resort is moving forward with a phased reopening of its parks and Disney Springs on Thursday. Here are the timetables.
Magic Kingdom will be open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party scheduled for 7 p.m. will take place.
EPCOT will be open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be open from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., but Fantasmic! will not be executed.
Disney Springs also began a phased reopening at noon Thursday.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park will be closed Thursday, while the Winter Summerland and Fantasia Gardens mini-golf courses closed early Wednesday (at 7 p.m.) and remained 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 closed at 3 p.m. Wednesday and remained 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 has adjusted 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 closed at 4 p.m. Wednesday due to Tropical Storm Nicole. The park remained 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.
Universal Orlando closed its theme parks and CityWalk early Wednesday.
On Thursday, the resort announced that Universal Studios Florida and CityWalk reopened at 2 p.m. with limited experiences for Universal Orlando hotel guests only. Universal’s Islands of Adventure reopened at 3 p.m. for hotel guests only.
The Volcano Bay water park remained closed on Thursday.
The resort is expected to reopen for all guests at regular hours on Friday.