Updates Around Walt Disney World After Hurricane Irma

Walt Disney World re-opened the theme parks today after being closed for 2 days due to Hurricane Irma.  It appears that Walt Disney World managed to avoid major damage, excluding a lot of fallen trees and landscaping that was impacted all over property.  With the re-opening of the parks, there were several of the attractions that weren’t quite ready to be fully operational when the parks opened.  Some of the attractions opened later in the day and some won’t open until tomorrow.


Here is a list of attractions that will experience delayed openings:

  • Animal Kingdom:
    • Kilimanjaro Safaris
    • Expedition Everest
    • Kali River Rapids
    • Rafiki’s Planet Watch
    • Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail (Africa)
  • Magic Kingdom;
    • Jungle Cruise
    • Walt Disney World Railroad

We hope that these attractions will all be fully operational tomorrow and ready for guests to enjoy.

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground continues to remain closed to all guests.  The closure includes the dining locations and shows at the resort like Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue, Mickey’s Backyard Barbecue and Trail’s End.

The Walt Disney Company will also be donating $2.5 million in order to aid in efforts for areas to recover from Hurricane Irma.  Disney will also continue raising funds in other ways, including cash donations to match hour for hour donated by Disney cast members.

We are so glad that Walt Disney World theme parks are back up and running!  Who is there in the area now?  How has it been?


About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!