Walt Disney World begins phased reopening after Hurricane Ian

Parks reopen on Friday

FILE - The newly painted Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is seen with the the crest to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the theme park Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The idea was presented to Florida lawmakers 55 years ago: Let Disney form its own government and in exchange it would create a futuristic city of tomorrow. That city never materialized, but Walt Disney World became an economic juggernaut, and its government retained unprecedented powers. Five decades later, Gov. Ron DeSantis is asking lawmakers to end Disneys government in a move that throws a wrench into decades of symbiotic relations between the company and state government.(AP Photo/John Raoux, File) (John Raoux, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Walt Disney World is starting to reopen its parks in phases on Friday after Hurricane Ian came through the area.

The park updated its list of park operations on Friday at 8:30 a.m.

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The following theme parks will reopen on Friday:

  • Magic Kingdom at 10 a.m. with Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party continuing as scheduled
  • EPCOT at 11 a.m.
  • Hollywood Studios at 12 p.m.
  • Animal Kingdom at 1 p.m. Tour experiences at the theme park will be canceled.

Hotel guests and those staying at other select resorts received Early Theme Park Entry for the following times:

  • Magic Kingdom at 8 a.m.
  • EPCOT at 9 a.m.
  • Hollywood Studios 10 a.m.
  • Animal Kingdom at 11 a.m.

Typhoon Lagoon water park is closed with a planned reopening on Sunday, Oct. 2.

“Partially used multi-day theme park tickets with a validity window impacted by closure due to Hurricane Ian will be automatically extended to allow use of the remaining unused ticket days through Sept. 30, 2023,” the park said on its website.

Hurricane Ian brought flooding and damage to Central Florida as the storm moved through the area as a Category 1.

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Landon joined News 6 in 2017. He grew up in Southern Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelors degree in TV and digital media. When he is not at work you can catch him at one of Orlando's theme parks or the beach. Before working at News 6 he worked for stations in Miami and Fort Myers.

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