ORLANDO, Fla. — As Florida prepares for Hurricane Dorian, those visiting the state might be wondering how the storm could affect their vacation plans.
In 2017, Hurricane Irma caused Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando, and Busch Gardens to close for a couple of days.
The major theme parks have their own hurricane or inclement weather policies in case of cancellations and closures.
Here's a rundown of each theme park's policy.
If a hurricane warning is issued by the National Hurricane Center for the Orlando area (or your place of residence) within seven days of your visit, Disney World will allow visitors to cancel or reschedule vacations booked directly with Disney without cancellation or change fees.
If you've made vacation plans through a third-party or travel agent, you will need to contact them for information about their cancellation or change policies.
Click here read Disney World's hurricane weather policy.
Universal has a policy similar to Disney World's, but Universal's also applies to tropical storm warnings. If the National Hurricane Center issues a hurricane warning or if a state of emergency is declared for the Orlando area or your place of residence—within seven days of your arrival—Universal will allow you to cancel or reschedule your vacation package, hotel room and tickets without fees.
The policy applies to packages, hotels and tickets booked directly through Universal. It does not apply to certain special events or dining experiences.
Click here to read Universal Orlando's inclement weather policy.
SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens
SeaWorld parks have a "Peace of Mind" policy, which is also known as its Named Storm Policy. When under effect, the parks will reschedule or refund vacation packages or park tickets without cancellation or change fees. The policy applies to packages and park tickets booked through SeaWorld Vacations, Busch Gardens Vacations, DiscoveryCove.com, SeaWorld.com, BuschGardens.com, or the contact center.
If the National Hurricane Center issues a hurricane warning for Central Florida or a guest's hometown within seven days of your arrival, you can reschedule or cancel your vacation package, tickets, hotel reservations without penalties or fees.
The policy applies to tickets and hotel reservations booked through Legoland or Legoland Vacations.
Click here to read Legoland's inclement weather policy.
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