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Walt Disney World (WDW) News Discuss Breaking News! - Disney planning to possibly close on Friday in the News & Rumors forums; I have received information from a WDW Cast Member, who advises me that he was just told that they are no longer selling E-Ride night tickets for Friday in anticipation ...
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    Breaking News! - Disney planning to possibly close on Friday

    I have received information from a WDW Cast Member, who advises me that he was just told that they are no longer selling E-Ride night tickets for Friday in anticipation of the multiple hurricane warnings. Additionally, there are contingency plans in effect to possibly close the parks if necessary.

    If so, this would mark only the third time in WDW history that the parks were closed.

    We'll keep a close watch on this, and update this thread as new information becomes available.
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    Ace, I know they closed during the Sept 11 stuff, when was the other time?

    BTW - That ****s for those that planned on being there fri. Hopefully the Charley will wimp out like Bonnie did.
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    Sept. 15, 1999 for Hurricane Floyd!
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    Floyd was interesting - they closed early on the first day and then after the storm was quite literally a dud, they managed to get DAK open. Universal did not open that day.

    I'll post some of my Floyd preparation pictures sometime.

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    Phew! I'm glad I'm here in Hoosierland for once. We were at WDW last September when there was the TS scare similar to this year's TS Bonnie. When it was all said and done, there were a few light showers and a brisk wind at WDW. However, I understand the precautions Disney must take to avoid any injuries to guests, but it would be a bummer if during 1 or 2 days of your vacation the parks were closed.
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    I would love to see some pics of the Contemporary with their storm shutters closed and 4 monorails parked inside!!!
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    Floyd may have been a dud for FLA but it kicked NC's back side. I sat up all night while that storm came through. Truly an amazing showing by Mother Nature!
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    All I have right now are MK pictures of FLoyd. Yes, it was a bad one up home in NY (sorta ironic, I'd say... move to FL to escape the hurricane??)

    The MK is opening at 8:00 AM tomorrow (as are the other parks), friday, for all resort Guests, in anticipation of the storm's arrival.

    Friday night's E-Ride night is officially cancelled.
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    do they keep the shuttles and stuff running for people who are arriving and departing disney?

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    What is an E-Ride night?

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    E-Ride night is an extra ticket for $13 and lets you ride the rides after the park closes

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    Here's a good explanation of e-ride nights

    If you're at WDW when they are offered, and meet the requirements, it's a must-do. (As long as you don't have little'uns [or yourself!] who need zzzzzzzzzzs)

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    WOW! How cool is that? To be able to ride the rides after the park is closed must be awesome! Got try that someday.
    Thanks for the information
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    Theme-park hours depend on how bad weather looks

    By Greg Groeller | Sentinel Staff Writer
    Posted August 13, 2004, 8:45 AM EDT


    DISNEY CLOSINGS


    Walt Disney World has announced the following operating hours for its
    parks today:
    Magic Kingdom 8 a.m.- 1 p.m.
    Epcot 8 a.m.- 1 p.m.
    Disney-MGM Studios 8 a.m.- 1 p.m.
    Blizzard Beach 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
    Disney's Wide World of Sports 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
    Disney's Animal Kingdom CLOSED
    Typhoon Lagoon CLOSED
    Downtown Disney CLOSED
    All Walt Disney World Resort hotels will remain open throughout the
    storm. Guests staying at Disney's Ft. Wilderness Resort & Campground
    are being relocated to other hotels on property.


    Orlando's theme parks planned to be open for business today, even as
    area hotels began filling with Gulf Coast refugees fleeing Hurricane
    Charley.

    The region's tourism industry -- the parks, hotels and attractions --
    as well as Orlando International Airport and Port Canaveral in Brevard
    County spent Thursday stockpiling food and supplies and securing loose
    items.

    Most said they planned to operate today as close to normal as possible -
    - including Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando and Universal Orlando,
    which all said they hoped to stick to their usual schedules.

    This morning, however, Walt Disney World announced that although most
    of its properties would open as usual, all would close at 1 p.m. (See
    box at right.)

    At SeaWorld, the "time of the park's closing on Friday will be
    determined by weather conditions and changes to the storm's track,"
    spokesman Nick Gollattscheck said.

    A spokesperson for Busch Gardens, which is located much closer to the
    storm's projected path in Tampa, announced this morning that it would
    not open. Park officials had not yet decided whether to reopen Saturday.

    Disney World said visitors seeking updates on potential closings could
    telephone 407-939-4636. Workers tied down loose materials in backstage
    areas Thursday and prepared to move animals from Animal Kingdom and the
    giant resort's other parks to protected areas, in case that becomes
    necessary.

    The phones were ringing early Thursday at the 246-room Doubletree Club
    Hotel in Lake Buena Vista, as residents from Florida's west coast
    sought inland shelter, said Laura Sherman, general manager.

    Sherman predicted the Doubletree would be close to full Thursday and
    Friday nights, with vacationers joining the coastal refugees.

    "So many people are from out of town that never experienced a hurricane
    before," Sherman said.

    Jeff Brinda, general manager of the 489-room Sheraton Safari Hotel,
    also in Lake Buena Vista, said the hotel would likely have some empty
    rooms Thursday night but would be sold out Friday and Saturday.

    If nearby restaurants close early tonight, the hotel is prepared to
    feed its guests buffet-style food in its on-site restaurant, Brinda
    said. He warned that some regular services, such as laundry pickup,
    might be scaled back if some employees are unable to get to work.

    "Worst-case scenario is that the power goes out, and then all bets are
    off at that point," he said.

    At Orlando International Airport, at least three departing flights and
    six arriving flights Thursday were canceled, airport spokesman Luis
    Olivera said. He warned travelers to check with their airline about
    schedule changes and cancellations before heading to the airport today.

    Officials at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex said they expected to
    be open all day today because the latest projections of Charley's path
    indicated that it would largely miss east Central Florida.

    U.S. Coast Guard officials said they weren't as worried about Port
    Canaveral as they were about ports to the north, in Jacksonville and
    Fernandina Beach at Amelia Island. Still, the Coast Guard said it was
    possible that all three ports could be ordered closed, depending on the
    hurricane's direction.

    When a port closes, all vessels of 500 gross tons or more must head for
    the open sea, Coast Guard Cmdr. Larry Bowling said.

    Tonight's opening of the annual Hot Summer Boat Show in the Orange
    County Convention Center was postponed until Saturday morning.

    Before the hurricane threatened, officials had predicted the show could
    draw as many as 30,000 people over three days. But attendance could
    turn out higher than that by the show's end Sunday because of the
    storm, despite the delayed opening, said Tom Ackert, the center's
    executive director.

    "It's good in the sense that people won't have many other alternatives
    for entertainment Saturday, and won't be going outside or to the
    beach," Ackert said. "We're hopeful it will boost attendance. After
    all, boats go with wet stuff, right?"

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