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Disney World Guests Tweet Photos of Damage From Hurricane Irma

Disney World Guests Tweet Photos of Damage From Hurricane Irma
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Updated 8 months ago

For just the fifth time in 46 years, Disney closed its parks Sunday and Monday because of Hurricane Irma.  

The parks experienced "high winds and rain" but "maintained power throughout the storm." All of the parks, including Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios are scheduled to reopen on Tuesday.

Social media posts showed fallen trees and debris from the storm throughout the parks:

Dennis Speigel, of the International Theme Park Services, told the Orlando Sentinel that closing the parks is "not taken lightly." Speigel said:

During this time of the year, particularly with the Halloween events going on, literally millions of dollars can be lost.

Disney has escaped damage from most major hurricanes in the past couple years, but its private island, Castaway Cay, and its cruise ships were damaged during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

While Disney and Universal Orlando Resort plan to reopen Tuesday, other parks, including Discovery Cove, SeaWorld Orlando, and Adventure Island, will remain closed. 

SeaWorld released a statement explaining they were staying closed longer and "providing support and temporary housing for animals from other zoological facilities in coastal areas expected to have greater impact."