While the Walt Disney World resorts escaped major damage from Hurricane Irma, cleanup efforts on some attractions are taking a little longer than expected to get up and running.
Both the Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground and Saratoga Springs Treehouse Villas resorts remain closed. So does Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.
That means two popular attractions held at Fort Wilderness – the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ – have been cancelled up to and including Sept. 19. The park is offering refunds to all guests who had planned to attend the dinner theater shows.
Originally, Disney expected to reopen Treehouse Villas on the 14th. Updated estimates from the company now tentatively schedule that for Sept. 17. Fort Wilderness will remain closed until next week as the company continues cleanup operations.
Among park rides, the official Disney World app lists a few attractions as “temporarily closed”. These include the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the Magic Kingdom and Gorilla Falls Exploration Trial and Kali Rover Rapids in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Three other attractions – the Jungle Cruise, Splash Mountain and the Hall of Presidents – were already closed for refurbishments. (Disney officials did not immediately reply when asked if the storm caused any ride closures.)
The good news is Walt Disney World, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are all operating under normal hours and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, which was closed after Irma, has once again reopened.
Outside of the Orlando area, Disney’s Vero Beach and Hilton Head Island resorts will remain closed for an undefined period.