Disney and Universal’s Florida theme parks will reopen on Saturday now that Hurricane Matthew has passed in its move northward along the Atlantic coast.
The state’s Orange County lifted its curfew today as both parks cleaned up. Neither appears to have seen much damage as the the storm hugged the coast, not moving as far inland as was feared.
Disney World will open at 8:00 AM ET, and its water parks, Disney Springs and mini golf will return to normal operating hours, the company says.
The shuttering late yesterday and today was the fourth time since it opened in 1971 that Disney World has closed due to a storm.
Things also will be back to normal at Universal Orlando Resort. Universal Studios Florida will open for Early Park Admission at 7:00, and for others at 8:00. Universal’s Islands of Adventure will begin at 9:00, followed an hour later by Wet ‘n Wild. Universal CityWalk also will resume usual operations, with Halloween Horror Nights 26 open tomorrow night.
Yesterday Moody’s Investors Service projected that the hurricane would not take a big toll on either company.
The storm “is occurring during what is considered the off-season,” it noted. Both companies also have insurance. Disney’s parks, it said, are “specifically designed to withstand hurricane wind speeds of this storm’s expected magnitude.”