Walt Disney World Reopens After Historic Shutdown

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That changed Tuesday with the reopening of the parks.

For the last two days, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida has been closed.

Hundreds of visitors flocked to the iconic Magic Kingdom entrance, transported from the giant vehicle park in small trains. But there is a lot of minimal damage - think overturned trees, broken signs, lawn chairs all over the place, and so many branches and leaves, according to Yahoo.

Universal Orlando said Monday that all three of its parks will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Still closed: Fort Wilderness Campground, while Disney assesses the tree-lined property. The Magic Kingdom was also closed for part of the day October 24, 2005 for Hurricane Wilma. But, Hurricane Irma's worst case scenario did not play out, and that is giving investors reason to buy back into these companies following the dip ahead of Hurricane Irma's landfall.

Universal's PR department sent out a release stating that they would resume operations today at 9 a.m.

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Disney's other theme parks - Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios - also reopened, but some attractions are still closed.

Eyewitness News editor Ashley LoFaso captured what it was like at Disney World when Irma arrived in the Orlando area early Monday.

While hurricanes have never affected California's Disneyland, several other events have led to the closure of Disney's first theme park-including an natural disaster, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the September 11 terrorist attacks-though all still only saw the park shut down for a day.

SeaWorld Orlando had no significant damage "discovered as of initial checks on Monday morning", according to a statement from the park.

Walt Disney World has announced that it will reopen on September 12, with the hurricane now downgraded to a tropical depression.

The resort, which employs 73,000, was visited by 20 million people in 2016 making it the world's most popular theme park.

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