Disney World closes as Nicole heads to Florida

FILE - Performers dressed as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck entertain visitors at Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, on April 18, 2022. Last year was a roller coaster ride for theme parks and museums worldwide, with some places approaching pre-pandemic levels and others like parks in China struggling with lockdowns, according to a new report. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey, File) (Ted Shaffrey, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

ORLANDO, Fla. – As Tropical Storm Nicole heads toward Florida, Walt Disney World announced it would implement phased closures of its parks.

As reported by Orlando TV station WKMG, Walt Disney World Resort theme parks will have a phased closure beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, and will remain closed through Thursday morning, Nov. 10.

  • Magic Kingdom Park: Closing Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. Last dining reservations for Be Our Guest, Liberty Tree Tavern, Diamond Horseshoe and Cinderella’s Royal Table will be at 6 p.m., and last dining for all other dining reservations will be at 6:30 p.m.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Closing Nov. 9, at 5 p.m. with last dining reservations at 5 p.m.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Closing Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. with last dining reservations at 6 p.m.
  • EPCOT: Closing Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. Last dining reservations for Monsieur Paul, Space 220 Restaurant, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and Garden Grill Restaurant will be at 6 p.m., and last dining for all other dining reservations will be at 6:30 p.m.

Disney Springs will close early on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m., with last dining reservations at 6:30 p.m. Disney Springs will remain closed through tomorrow morning, Nov. 10.

Disney bus transportation from Disney Springs will operate until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Extended evening theme park hours at Magic Kingdom will be canceled for Wednesday, Nov. 9.

To align with modified theme park hours, nighttime spectaculars will be canceled on Wednesday, Nov. 9, including Disney Enchantment at Magic Kingdom Park, Harmonious at EPCOT, and Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park, Winter Summerland Miniature Golf, Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf are closed on Thursday.

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Landon joined News 6 in 2017. He grew up in Southern Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelors degree in TV and digital media. When he is not at work you can catch him at one of Orlando's theme parks or the beach. Before working at News 6 he worked for stations in Miami and Fort Myers.