Disney World cancels several shows due to high winds

The Disney Skyliner was also closed as storms moved through Orlando area

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Central Florida was hit by high winds on Thursday, prompting Disney officials to cancel several shows out of an abundance of caution.

Tornado watch issued for several counties in Florida

Shows featuring fireworks were canceled or modified.

“This is for the safety of our guests and cast members, and we apologize for the inconvenience. All theme parks remain open for regularly scheduled park hours,” Disney posted in a statement online.

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Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom was modified and Epcot Forever, Fantasmic and the Electrical Water Pageant show was canceled. The Rivers of Light show at Animal Kingdom was also canceled.

The Disney Skyliner and Sassagoula River Cruise also did not run Thursday night.

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For a full list of Disney cancellations and modifications for Thursday, click this link.

Forty-plus mph gusts of wind hit Central Florida, according to the National Weather Service.

A wind advisory was in effect until 1 a.m. Friday. The National Weather Service said gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects.

Officials also want everyone to be prepared for power outages.

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