updated with latestAbout 24 hours ahead of the worst effects of : Tropical Storm Nicole Feather orlando area, walta Disney World Some outdoor resort attractions, including all water parks and golf courses, began to close. Notably, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Winter Summerland Miniature Golf, Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf are all closed for Thursday.
In addition, according to The Weather Channel, the city of Orlando declared a state of emergency late Tuesday, and Orlando International Airport announced it “will cease commercial operations on Wednesday, November 9 at 4:00 p.m. Until circumstances resume operations.”
A statement at the top of the WDW web site reads“The Walt Disney World Resort is currently operating under normal conditions. We are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Nicole and making necessary operational adjustments to maintain the safety of our guests and performers.”
But an inquiry into the reservation system late Tuesday indicated that there are no slots available for either Thursday or Friday for any of the resort’s four parks. It may be a coincidence, but it doesn’t look like reservations were still available in the near term – on Wednesdays and even today – even for the more popular upcoming weekend days. Walt Disney World did not respond to a request for comment on the parks’ current reservation availability.
On Tuesday, the alert status for the Orlando area was raised from Tropical Storm Watch to Tropical Storm Warning. According to NOAA this means that tropical storm “conditions are expected while a watch means that”. [those] Conditions are possible.”
Nicole is expected to possibly strengthen into a hurricane overnight and while Orlando is under a Tropical Storm Warning, near Titusville, is well within the Hurricane Warning Zone.
the second park of the area, Universal Orlando ResortHaven’t announced any shutdown yet.
on the first monday: A little more than a month after Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort were forced to close Hurricane IanThe Florida The resorts are currently under a state of emergency again due to the threat of wind and rain from Subtropical Storm Nicole. Hurricane watches are in effect for the state’s Atlantic coast, from Hollandael Beach just north of Miami to Daytona Beach, and inland Lake Okeechobee, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Governor Ron DeSantis announced There is a state of emergency this afternoon in 34 of the state’s 67 counties, including Lake, Orange, Oscoloa and Seminole, which are adjacent to, or parts of, Disney and Universal resorts. As a result, Orlando is subject to a Tropical Storm Watch, according to the National Weather Service in nearby Melbourne.
The Orlando area is at increased risk of moderate flooding rain, which sees more than 4 inches of storm precipitation at one projection. The adjacent Seminole County can grow to 7 inches. According to the NWS, there is also a risk of tropical storm force winds (from 35-57 mph) and tornadoes hitting the Orlando area.
Deadline has reached Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort and will add any comments received. Neither park has a note on its Web site about the possible effects of the storm, and both are still selling tickets for this Thursday, when Nicole is expected to fly through the area. Universal’s annual holiday celebration is due to start on Saturday.
On the drought-stricken west coast, by chance, Valencia will have Six Flags Magic Mountain
Will be closed today due to heavy rain. Park officials say today’s tickets will be valid on any other regular day of operation until the end of the year.