Disney World moves ahead with phased reopening after Nicole

Theme parks closed due to hurricane

Holiday decor arrives at Disney’s Magic Kingdom theme park on Nov. 1, 2022 (Landon McReynolds, WKMG)

ORLANDO, Fla.As Tropical Storm Nicole continues to move through Central Florida, Walt Disney World announced it would begin phased reopenings of its parks.

Walt Disney World Resort theme parks closed on Wednesday ahead of the storm. Disney posted an update at 11 a.m. on Thursday, saying “Cast Member crews have safely assessed the impact of the tropical storm this morning, which has left minimal debris in the area and caused no power outages on Walt Disney World Resort property.”

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Disney planned a phased reopening of its parks starting at 12 p.m. on Thursday:

  • Magic Kingdom: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., with plans to proceed with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at 7 p.m. as scheduled
  • Epcot: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Fantasmic! will not be presented on Thursday)

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park and Disney’s miniature golf courses will stay closed Thursday.

Nicole made its Florida landfall as a Category 1 hurricane just south of Vero Beach.

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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.

Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined ClickOrlando.com in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.