Walt Disney World closes in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew landfall

  • Walt Disney World closes in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew landfall

Walt Disney World closes in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew landfall

Disney's Hollywood Studios appeared to be the only that would stay open Friday, according to the theme park's website.

Hurricane Matthew has prompted Walt Disney World in Florida to close down for just the fourth time ever since theme park opened in 1971.

Walt Disney Co. plans on closing its theme parks, water parks and other properties in central Florida by 5 p.m.

Yesterday Disney announced that it was relocating guests from Fort Wilderness, Disney's Polynesian Villas bungalows, and the Saratoga Springs Treehouse Villas. Mickey's No-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney has been canceled on Thursday.

Walt Disney World is slated to close at 5 p.m. Thursday and remain shut down through at least Friday as Hurricane Matthew heads toward Florida.

Disney World has only closed on three prior occasions due to hurricanes, once in 1999 for Hurricane Floyd and twice in 2004 for Hurricane Frances and Hurricane Jeanne. Much of the east coast of Florida is under a hurricane warning, including the Orlando area. The storm has reportedly been strengthening as it approaches the eastern part of Florida.

"The storm has already killed people". Time is running out.

As people hurried for higher ground, authorities in SC said a motorist died on Wednesday after being shot by deputies in a gun battle that erupted after he sped away from a checkpoint along a storm evacuation route.

Hundreds of thousands of Floridians have been evacuated, and another 1.5 million have been urged to flee.

Due to severe weather brought on by Hurricane Matthew, the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye will be closed Thursday and Friday until weather conditions improve and it is safe to begin operations again.

The Happiest Place on Earth is closing its doors Thursday ahead of Hurricane Matthew.