“Hurricane Dorian is dangerously close to the East Central Florida coast and sustained tropical force winds are forecasted to impact portions of Orange County as early as tomorrow afternoon,” a statement from the airport said. “A slight fluctuation westward by the storm could bring those tropical storm winds to all of Orange County.”
The county, which includes Disney, Universal and SeaWorld, was under a tropical storm warning late Monday.
Disney said in an online update Monday afternoon that Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom will close at 2 p.m., while the Magic Kingdom and Epcot will close at 3 p.m. A reopening time has not yet been announced. Disney attracted large crowds over Labor Day weekend to the grand opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios.
Other areas of the resort complex, including Disney Springs, miniature golf courses and the Typhoon Lagoon water park close at 3 p.m. Tuesday. ESPN Wide World of Sports and the Blizzard Beach water park will be closed, and an after-hours special event at Animal Kingdom is canceled.
Universal Orlando Resort said in an update Monday night that its two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, would open on schedule Tuesday. Park officials have not yet decided whether to close early. Volcano Bay water park will be closed.
Other central Florida sites will not open Tuesday. SeaWorld Orlando will be closed all day. Legoland Florida, further inland in Winter Haven, said it would be closed Tuesday but expected to reopen Wednesday depending on the storm’s track. Polk County, home of Legoland, is under a tropical storm watch.
Orlando airport officials urged travelers to get flight updates from their airlines and to arrange for places to stay, adding in capital letters that “ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IS NOT A SHELTER.”