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Florida theme parks to shut down early as Hurricane Dorian nears

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Posted at 6:28 PM, Sep 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-02 19:15:24-04

(WPTV) — Several Florida theme parks announced closures Tuesday as Hurricane Dorian is expected to near Florida's east coast.

Disney World announced it would close its four theme parks early. Officials said Disney World, its water park, miniature golf courses, and Disney Springs restaurants would close by 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Disney Resort hotels will remain open to guests.

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Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground will also close by 3 p.m. Those guests will be relocated to other Disney resorts during campground closures.

Disney's closures are the second set of adjustments the company has made in light of Dorian. Sunday, Disney Cruise Lines was forced to alter schedules and crews were forced to shelter at the company's Castaway Cay island in the Bahamas as Dorian hit the island region.

More information on reservations and how Disney's closure affect guests can be found here.

SeaWorld Orlando officials said the park would be closed completely Tuesday.

"As we continue to monitor Hurricane Dorian's path, the safety of our guests, staff, and animals is our greatest priority," the park posted on Instagram.

Legoland Florida also said the park would remain closed Tuesday and reopen Wednesday, pending Dorian's path.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by Hurricane Dorian. The safety of our employees and guests is our number one priority," the park wrote on Facebook.

Hurricane Dorian isn't forecasted to make landfall in Florida, but instead come dangerously close to shore. Heavy rains and winds, as well as storm surges, are expected to move onto Florida's coast starting late Monday and lasting for a few days.

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