Florida's theme parks turn eye toward hurricane

Three Disney resorts closed due to Hurricane Matthew

Florida's theme parks are taking a wait and see approach as Hurricane Matthew approaches the state.

Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World theme parks are not closed as of late Wednesday afternoon, but three Disney resorts are closed due to Hurricane Matthew: the Vero Beach Resort, the Hilton Head resort and Fort Wilderness, according to the official Disney website.

Guests staying at Disney's Polynesian Bungalows and Saratoga Springs Treehouse Villas were told they could be moved to other locations.

A message on Disney's website Wednesday says all of its theme parks are "currently operating under normal conditions" as officials continue to monitor the storm.


Officials at SeaWorld in Orlando announced on its website that officials "anticipate altered hours due to Hurricane Matthew."

Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando's website doesn't mention the storm, but spokesman Tom Schroder tells the Orlando Sentinel the resorts executives are monitoring the storm and are "beginning to decide what the next steps are."

The Sentinel says the three theme parks closed for the first time in their histories in 1999 as Hurricane Floyd approached. The storm eventually changed course.

In 2004, the parks closed for three hurricanes -- Charley, Frances and Jeanne. Disney and Universal also closed briefly during Wilma in 2005.