Hurricane Irma: Disney World Florida Survives But The Images Are Still Scary
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It's almost hard to think of anything happening to Walt Disney World, Florida. However, Hurricane Irma has ripped through the Caribbean and reached Florida over the weekend, prompting the theme park to shut.
On Thursday, September 7, the park tweeted: "In anticipation of inclement weather, Night of Joy has been cancelled on September 9 and Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has been cancelled on September 10."
Walt Disney World parks and Disney Springs will be closed Sunday and Monday due to Hurricane Irma. Full details: https://t.co/sG9IH2AXiB pic.twitter.com/s932BCOKi3
- WDW Today (@WDWToday) September 8, 2017
The park later announced that it would be closed on September 10 and 11, and staff asked people to 'observe local curfews' and remain in their resort room.
Overnight, the park suffered from strong winds, heavy rain, and loss of power.
By the looks of it, there was no major damage done to the theme parks or resorts, but there is plenty of minimal damage (overturned trees, broken signs, strewn lawn chairs, and scattered branches and leaves) - leaving a large clean-up operation.
Mostly tree damage here at the @Disney #PolynesianResort. @WDWNT @wdwmagic @WaltDisneyWorld @DisneyParks @Disney pic.twitter.com/00zk4HtsnT
- Chris Green (@ChrisGreenPics) September 11, 2017
Carribean beach is looking a little flooded and broken... @WDWNT pic.twitter.com/0hMTKEO0sP
- Chloe Smith (@ThatGirlChloeS) September 11, 2017
Rue D'Baga is Rue D'Buggered. :see_no_evil: #HurricaneIrma aftermath at Port Orleans French Quarter. #LiveFromWDW pic.twitter.com/nt1K92X5lR
- CafeFantasia :dizzy: (@CafeFantasia) September 11, 2017
It is likely, though, that the place will be looking cleaner than Cinderella's house in no time at all.
Walt Disney World has announced that it will reopen on September 12, with the hurricane now downgraded to a tropical depression.
Hurricane Irma has left disruption to many in Florida, with 6.5 million homes - about two thirds of the population - without power.
Heavy wind and rain is expected to continue across south-eastern states, with the death toll currently standing at four in Florida and 37 in the Caribbean.