Epcot Resort Area Friendship Boats Have Resumed Service

The Friendship Boat service on Crescent Lake resumed yesterday according to reports.

The service was closed Wednesday reportedly due to high water levels associated with Hurricane Irma.

Jungle Cruise Remains Closed due to Hurricane Irma Clean Up

While Magic Kingdom re-opened yesterday following two days of closure for Hurricane Irma, the Jungle Cruise attraction remains closed at this time.

While the majority of the park is in good shape following the hurricane, the high winds caused considerable damage to the Jungle Cruise landscaping.  Disney is saying more time is needed to get the ride ready for guests.

The park schedule currently shows the ride will remain closed through September 17th, but this may change.

Walt Disney Company Commits $2.5 Million To Hurricane Irma Recovery Efforts

The Walt Disney Company has committed $2.5 million to help relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Irma. The donation will help aid humanitarian relief across Florida, the Caribbean and other places that Hurricane Irma has affected. The American Red Cross, UNICEF, Save the Children and other nonprofit organizations will be supported by the money. Donations from Disney employees to eligible relief organizations will be matched by Disney Employee Matching Gifts: A Program of The Walt Disney Company Foundation.

“As millions of people now face the daunting challenge of putting their lives and communities back together in the wake of these historic hurricanes, they need our help,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. “We’re donating $2.5 million to support relief and recovery efforts in response to Hurricane Irma. This is in addition to nearly $16 million we raised after Hurricane Harvey to help ensure storm victims have the support needed to recover and rebuild.”

In addition, eligible Disney employee donations to qualified organizations involved in the Hurricane Irma relief effort will be matched dollar for dollar by Disney Employee Matching Gifts: A Program of The Walt Disney Company Foundation.

During Hurricane Irma, Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line donated meals, provided storage for supplies and power-utility vehicles, donated bedding to shelters, and made rooms available for first responders. Disney will also be donating goods and services throughout the region as other needs are identified.

The donation comes after Disney raised almost $16 million to help relief after Hurricane Harvey, which devastated Houston, TX and the surrounding areas. The number includes donations to the American Red Cross, employee donation matching and money raised across the company though initiatives, social media outreach, campaigns in Disney Stores and more.

Walt Disney World to Re-Open Theme Parks on Tuesday

At approximately 3:30 PM EDT today, the official website of Walt Disney World updated their park operating hours and revealed that they would be re-opening the parks on Tuesday, September 12th. However, not all of the parks are going to open back up on Tuesday.  This is due to some cast members who evacuated due to the storm and Disney being a little short-staffed.

Both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach will remain closed at least until Wednesday before reopening.

At this time the hours of operation for Walt Disney World tomorrow will be:

  • Magic Kingdom: 9 AM – 7 PM with Extra Magic Hours of 8 AM – 9 AM; Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will take place from 7 PM – Midnight
  • Epcot: 9 AM – 9 PM with Extra Magic Hours of 9 PM – 11 PM
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 9 AM – 9 PM
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom: 9 AM – 9 PM
  • Typhoon Lagoon: Closed
  • Blizzard Beach: Closed
  • Disney Springs: 10 AM – Midnight

Disney Cruise Line Advisory and Adjustments due to Hurricane Irma

Based on the projected path of Hurricane Irma, Disney Cruise Line is making the following adjustments to itineraries:

Disney Fantasy

The September 9 sailing of the Disney Fantasy is cancelled. Refunds will automatically be processed back to the original form of payment used for the cruise booking. Guests are invited to book a future cruise at a 25 percent discount by calling us at 1-855-347-2784 or 407-566-7054 from September 18, 2017, through October 18, 2017.

Disney Dream

The September 11 sailing of the Disney Dream is cancelled. Refunds will automatically be processed back to the original form of payment used for the cruise booking.  Guests are invited to book a future cruise at a 25 percent discount by calling us at 1-855-347-2784 or 407-566-7054 from September 18, 2017, through October 18, 2017.

Future Bahamian and Eastern Caribbean Sailings

At this time, there are no changes to other sailings on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. However, we continue to closely monitor Hurricane Irma and assess its impact on the ports of call we visit in the Caribbean and Bahamas. Updates regarding any necessary itinerary changes will be posted beginning September 12.

Hurricane Irma Update for Walt Disney World


Ahead of Hurricane Irma, Walt Disney World will begin closing its theme parks starting on Saturday September 9th. At this time the plan is to reopen the parks on Tuesday September 12.

Here are the times and adjustments being made to park operations:

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Closing on Saturday at 7pm – Monday
    The Saturday Rivers of Light performance is canceled.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Closing on Saturday at 7pm – Monday
    The Saturday Fantasmic! and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular performances are canceled.
  • Epcot: Closing on Saturday at 9pm – Monday
    The Saturday  IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth performance is canceled.
  • Magic Kingdom: Closing on Saturday at 9pm – Monday
    The Saturday Happily Ever After fireworks performance is canceled.
  • Disney Springs: Closing on Saturday at 9pm – Monday
  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach: Closed as of Friday – Monday
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon: Closing Saturday 5pm – Monday
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports: Closed on Saturday – Monday
  • The Walt Disney World Monorail System, Ferry Boats, and Buses: are set to cease operation on Saturday evening following the closure of the parks at 9pm.
  • Speedway gas stations: will close on Sunday and will remain closed on Monday.
  • The Best Friends Pet Care: will stop accepting new arrivals at 10pm on Saturday, and will remain closed until further notice. Animals at the facility will continue to be cared for throughout the storm.

 

Disney Announces Cancellations and Closures Due to Hurricane Irma

Due to the impending arrival of what appears to be a very severe storm, Disney has announced some closures and cancellations due to Hurricane Irma…

Night of Joy

Disney has canceled the Night of Joy event for Saturday September 9th.

Friday night’s show at ESPN Wide World of Sport will continue as planned.

Disney has stated that guests with tickets for Saturday can attend Friday’s event instead by exchanging their ticket at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Box Office starting at 4 PM Friday.

Refunds can be processed by calling (407) 939-7818 by January 31, 2018 or email at Ticket.Inquiries@DisneyWorld.com.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has been cancelled for this weekend.

The ticketed event that was planned for Sunday September 10th will no longer take place. Tonights party, September 7, will go ahead as scheduled.

Disney is offering a variety of options for guests who hold tickets.

  • Tickets to attend another Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
  • Tickets to attend an upcoming Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
  • 1 Day Magic Your Way Tickets with Park Hopper Option, to be used within the next two years.
  • Receive a full refund for event tickets.

You can call (407) 939-7818 or email Ticket.Inquiries@DisneyWorld.com to process an exchange.

Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

Disney will be closing its Vero Beach Resort on the east coast of Florida.

The closure will begin at 2pm on Friday September 8th.

Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will begin closing on Saturday afternoon, September 9th.

In addition, Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ will be canceled on September 9th, 10th and 11th.