One of Disney's Most Famous Rides Was Badly Damaged by Hurricane Irma
Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida has finally re-opened its doors to visitors following the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma. Guests visiting the park, however, will still not be able to access a few of its most treasured rides.
As the Orlando Sentinel reported, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom are all open and running on a normal schedule. But Disney’s water park Typhoon Lagoon and the Fort Wilderness Campground remain closed. Blizzard Beach just re-opened to the public on Thursday.
Though Irma could have spelled doom for the beloved park, cast members and crew worked tirelessly before the storm to ensure it was as protected as possible from the elements.
According to HelloGiggles, as soon as the storm clouds cleared, cast members got to work cleaning up leaves and fallen trees to ensure Disney looked as pristine as ever.
Sadly, according to cast members sharing details on social media, the World Famous Jungle Cruise will remain closed for the rest of the week. Cast member reported that the maintenance dock backstage was badly damaged in the storm and boats can no longer get to the track, meaning it will need extensive repairs.
Additionally, HelloGiggles reported, the Walt Disney World railroad is closed due to debris on the track, along with Tom Sawyer’s Island.
Over in the Animal Kingdom, several attractions remain offline including Kilimanjaro Safaris, Kali River Rapids, Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail, and Rafiki’s Planet Watch, but this appears to be due to cleanup efforts and not actual damage to the rides. And don’t worry — all the animals who live in the park were safely housed during the storm.
Thankfully, the park’s biggest attractions including Space Mountain and Tower of Terror remain unaffected, as they are both housed indoors. For more updates, travelers should regularly check Disney’s own blog.