Disney closes Florida theme parks as Hurricane Ian approaches

Disney closes Florida theme parks as Hurricane Ian approaches

(Reuters) – Walt Disney The company said Tuesday that it will close its amusement and water parks on Wednesday and Thursday as Hurricane Ian approaches the Florida coast.

Residents of Florida’s Gulf Coast are heading to higher ground as the hurricane threatens to bring a deadly storm and rain more than a foot in some areas.

A spokesman said attractions that will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday include Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot and Magic Kingdom.

Walt Disney (NYSE:) had previously said that some of its hotels in the area would be closed through Friday.

Comcast Corp.’s Universal Resort and SeaWorld (NASDAQ: NYSE: Entertainment Inc) also announced the closure of their theme parks Wednesday and Thursday.

Other companies, including several US airlines and food delivery company Doordash Inc, also halted operations in large parts of the state on Tuesday.

About 2.5 million Florida residents were subject to evacuation orders or warnings, and the sprawling storm was expected to become a dangerous Category 4 storm over the warm waters of the Gulf, according to National Hurricane Center meteorologist Eric Blake.

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