Disney and Universal are shutting down on Wednesday and Thursday as Hurricane approaches the Florida coast. The last time these major theme parks closed was in September 2017, when Hurricane Irma battered the Sunshine State with 85 mph winds to the Orlando area.

Both parks reduced their hours during Hurricane Dorian in September 2019. As of now, Disney and Universal anticipate reopening the parks on Sept. 30 as conditions permit.

Florida Prepares For A 'Monster Storm'

More than 2.5 million people in Florida are under mandatory evacuation orders. As of Wednesday, 8:50 AM EST, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Hurricane Center advisory now have the storm as an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane with winds of 140 mph.  The storm can easily increase into a category 5.

Major Florida Airports Closed

Major airports across Florida and other smaller airfields have also closed down as Hurricane Ian turned to Western Florida.

Tampa International Airport closed at 5 p.m. ET on Sept. 27, as well as Orlando’s Sanford International Airport.

Orlando International Airport (MCO)   closed at 10:30 a.m. ET on Sept. 28.