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Disney World Reopens After Hurricane Irma

On September 10th and 11th the Walt Disney World Resort, in Orlando, FL was closed due to Hurricane Irma, that hit Florida on the evening of September 9th, and moved through the entire State dropping an intense amount of rain and over 100 mph winds. The parks could have suffered more damage than what occurred, but thankfully as soon as the storm cleared Cast Members were able to clean up all four parks and open under normal hours on September 12th, with small modifications on Entertainment offerings as well as a few attractions closures.

Though all the debris and most uprooted trees have been cleared out, it turns out some attractions in the parks suffered more damage than originally anticipated and unfortunately have not yet been reopened.

At the Magic Kingdom Park, the World Famous Jungle Cruise has sustained some damages and will remain closed with no opening date at the moment. Disney hasn't released exactly why, but Cast Members on social media say that the maintenance dock backstage has been so badly damaged the boats can't get in or out of the river, and there are many downed trees along the route blocking the way of the boats.

The Walt Disney World railroad, also at the Magic Kingdom, is closed due to "lots of debris on the track", between Frontierland and Storybook Circus Stations.

At Disney's Animal Kingdom Park, Kilimanjaro Safaris opened at 1pm but Kali River Rapids is still currently closed. While it doesn't seem as though any major damage was done, there is still plenty to be cleaned up (no need to fear, all the animals are safe). Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail and Rafiki's Planet Watch are also closed at this moment.

Thankfully the majority of the attractions were designed to be indoors, specifically because of the unpredictable Florida weather, and although just about everything is back up and running, please keep sending your loves to the Jungle Cruise. It probably needs it the most right now.

Aside from the four main Parks, there are a few more closers:

Disney's popular water parks—Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon—will remain closed, with plans to reopen later this week.

Disney's Resorts have resumed normal operation, with the exception of Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground and the Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort. Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will remain closed at this time while assessments to the property are completed.

The Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort are tentatively scheduled to reopen on Sunday, Sept. 17.

Disney's Vero Beach Resort is on track to reopen Thursday, Sept. 14.

Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort continues to be closed.

Disney Vacation Club will host Moonlight Magic as planned on Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 9:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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