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Florida theme parks: Status update as Hurricane Ian approaches

(CNN) — As Hurricane Ian made landfall in western Cuba early Tuesday morning, Floridians have been retaining an anxious eye on the quickly intensifying storm. That included the operators of Florida’s in style theme parks.

Here’s a standing report of the place issues stand as of seven:25 a.m. ET Tuesday with varied main theme and water parks:

Busch Gardens (Tampa):

Ian’s path remains uncertain, however on Tuesday morning, the Tampa Bay Area appeared prone to be within the crosshairs.

As a outcome, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay mentioned it will likely be closed on Wednesday and Thursday.

“Due to the projected path of Hurricane Ian, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has enacted its Named Storm Policy… Precautions are in place following the parks’ comprehensive weather preparedness plan to ensure the safety of our animals and ambassadors during this time,” the park introduced on its web site.

“All admission tickets have been extended through December 31,” the park mentioned. Also, “annual Pass members’ guest tickets with an expiration date of Sept. 30 will be extended through Oct. 16.”

Discovery Cove (Orlando)

The all-inclusive day resort with animal encounters and tropical aquatic settings can also be closing on Wednesday and Thursday.

The parks mentioned it “will reschedule or refund reservations booked online or from the call center. We will not apply any cancellation or change fees for this service.” You can name +1 407-513-4600 to seek out out extra.

Disney World (Orlando)

Most of Disney World’s properties stay open.

The resort mentioned on its web site that it is “currently operating under normal conditions as we prepare to make necessary adjustments based on the latest information from the National Weather Service.”

However, some properties and models are closing. The following are closing Wednesday by means of Friday:

• Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
• Copper Creek Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
• Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
• The Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Closing Wednesday by means of Thursday are:

• Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon (Blizzard Beach is presently closed anyway)
• Winter Summerland Miniature Golf and Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf

Disney Springs, a procuring, eating and leisure space, stays open.

Universal Resort (Orlando)

The movie-themed park of thrill rides is continuous regular park operations presently. The park’s extreme climate coverage does have no-fee rescheduling or cancellation insurance policies in place ought to it shut.

“In the event that a hurricane or tropical storm warning is issued by the National Hurricane Center or a state of emergency is declared for the Orlando area or in your place of residence, within seven days of your arrival, you can contact our team in advance to reschedule or cancel your Universal Parks & Resorts Vacations Package, hotel room only accommodations and Universal Orlando theme park tickets booked directly with Universal Orlando, without any cancellation or change fees imposed,” the park mentioned on its web site.

Cruise ships

Florida ports have a really lively cruise schedules. Here’s the standing of a few of these ships’ routes as of 8:15 p.m. ET Monday:

Norwegian Cruise Lines: The firm modified 5 ports on the Norwegian Sky, which left Miami on Sunday, the cruise line tells CNN. The ship was scheduled to port in George Town, Grand Cayman; Roatan, Honduras; Harvest Caye, Belize; and Cozumel within the Western Caribbean and can now make stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas, to keep away from the trail of Ian.

“The safety and security of our guests and crew is always our number one priority. Due to the projected path of Hurricane Ian, Norwegian Sky’s itinerary has been modified to the below. Guests who booked shore excursions in any of the affected ports through Norwegian Cruise Line will have their excursions refunded to their onboard account,” a spokesperson for the cruise line mentioned.

MSC: The firm has modified course on at the least considered one of their ships and monitoring the potential of altering others, a spokesperson tells CNN. The MSC Seashore, which was initially scheduled to be within the Western Caribbean has been rerouted to ports within the Eastern Caribbean.

The cruise line can also be monitoring the MSC Divinia, which left Port Canaveral on a four-night crusing to Nassau and the Ocean City Marine Reserve on Sunday. MSC says each cruise ports are outdoors of Ian’s projected path, however suggested passengers earlier than leaving that circumstances might stop the ship from returning on Thursday. The cruise line says if there’s a delay of their return, the cruise might be prolonged at no extra value to company.

The cruise line doesn’t anticipate Ian to impression the MSC Seashore, which is ready to depart from the Port of Miami on Saturday, October 1.

Carnival Cruise Lines: The firm has made changes to 2 of its sailings.

The ship Carnival Ecstasy, which departed from Mobile, Alabama, on Monday for a six-day crusing will go to Progresso Mexico on Wednesday earlier than vising Cozumel on Thursday. The change reorders the visits, as the ship was scheduled to go to Cozumel first, the cruise line tells CNN.

The Carnival Glory left New Orleans on Sunday for an eight-day crusing,and can now port in Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Belize; and Cozumel, Mexico. The ship’s authentic itinerary was to go to Key West as properly as Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas.

National and state parks

As of 8:30 a.m. ET Tuesday, Everglades National Park in South Florida remained opened. The National Park Service suggested individuals to watch the newest climate updates earlier than heading to the park, a wilderness space with out many evacuation routes.

As of 8:30 a.m. ET, the next Florida state parks have been closed:

• Anclote Key Preserve State Park (Pasco and Pinellas counties)
• Caladesi Island State Park (Pinellas County)
• Egmont Key State Park (Pinellas County)
• Honeymoon Island State Park (Pinellas County)

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