Disney posted the below message on its website late Thursday afternoon, stating its various theme parks in the area would close effective at 5 p.m.
ET and be closed through at least Friday.
Based on the most recent forecasts for Hurricane Matthew, Walt Disney World theme parks, water parks, Disney Springs, miniature golf courses and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will be closed through Friday, Oct.
According to a 2011 report from the Austin Statesman, the park has closed for a full day on three other times in its history, all for hurricanes: Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne, both in September 2004.
#Matthew Other Orlando theme parks, including Universal Studios and Sea World, have also been forced to shutter because of the impending storm, which could bring catastrophic conditions with winds in excess of 140 miles per hour and a deadly storm surge.