Hurricane Ian Cancellations, Postponements, And More For Orlando and Central Florida * UPDATED * .. #HurricaneIan

Hurricane Ian

As Hurricane Ian gets nearer to Central Florida, a lot of attractions are closing, and events are being cancelled.

Here is the current list of closings, postponements, cancellations and more. I’ve just listed the days of the week below, but for clarification I’m referring to: Tuesday, September 27; Wednesday, September 28; Thursday, September 29; and Friday, September 30, 2022.

This list will be updated as needed on a daily basis, so please bookmark it.

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Airports and Other Transportation

FDOT has announced all tolls on Central Florida Roads are suspended until further notice.

LYNX transit system says if sustained winds reach 35 mph from Hurricane Ian, the system will shut down temporarily for safety reasons. ACCESS LYNX will ONLY be providing life sustaining medical trips such as dialysis and cancer treatments until further notice.

Melbourne Orlando International Airport will close on Wednesday at 2pm until further notice.

Orlando International Airport says all airlines will cease operations from Wednesday at 10:30am until further notice.

Orlando-Sanford Airport will be closing Tuesday at 5pm, and will remain closed Wednesday and Thursday.

Road Rangers will patrol I-4 until Central Florida reaches sustained winds of 35 mph, at which time they will be pulled off the street and return when it is deemed safe.

SunRail has temporarily suspended SunRail Service as of Tuesday until further notice.

Tampa International Airport will suspend all operations beginning at 5pm Tuesday until further notice.

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Attractions and Theme Parks

Aquatica Orlando will be closed Wednesday and Thursday due to the storm. All date-intended tickets for September 28 and 29 have been extended through December 31, 2022.

Brevard Zoo will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. The Zoo plans to reopen on Friday, pending any possible damage. For now, Boo at the Zoo is still planned for this weekend.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has announced it will be closed Tuesday through Thursday Friday to ensure the safety of its ambassadors, guests and animals. The park is encouraging visitors to check its website and social media channels for updates, and all date-intended tickets for September 27, 28 and 29 have been extended through December 31, 2022.

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Sanford will be closed Wednesday through Friday. The Zoo is following its animal protocols for hurricanes, and staff members are closely monitoring the storm, and will reopen when it is safe to do so.

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. Regular Museum hours will resume as soon as public safety can be assured.

Discovery Cove will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. The park will reschedule or refund reservations booked online or from the call center.

ICON Park says The Wheel and the Carousel on The Promenade will close Tuesday ahead of Hurricane Ian, and remain closed through Thursday.

I-Ride Trolleys are suspending service on Wednesday and Thursday.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday through Friday, and will share updates on reopening after completing an assessment of the property on Friday.

Legoland Florida Resort and Peppa Pig Theme Park will be closed Wednesday and Thursday through Friday. Resort hotels will remain open to guests with existing reservations. Any tickets dated for Wed., Sept. 28 through this Sun., Oct. 2, will be automatically extended through Dec. 31, 2022.

Madame Tussauds Orlando will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, and will announce reopening when it is safe to begin operation again. Tickets purchased for those dates will remain valid for 30 days.

SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, and will announce reopening when it is safe to begin operation again. Tickets purchased for those dates will remain valid for 30 days.

SeaWorld Orlando will be closed Wednesday and Thursday through Friday, and the park has implemented a comprehensive weather preparedness plan to keep guests, ambassadors, and its animals safe. All date-intended tickets for September 28 and 29 have been extended through December 31, 2022. Howl-O-Scream Orlando will be closed on Friday, September 30. All date-intended tickets for September 30 have been extended through October 31, 2022

Universal Orlando Resort (both theme parks and CityWalk) will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. This means Halloween Horror Nights has also been canceled for Wednesday and Thursday. Universal Orlando said it anticipates reopening on Friday, as conditions permit. The hotels are currently at full capacity and will remain open to take care of guests already booked.

Walt Disney World theme parks, water parks, mini-golf, and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. So far, Disney Springs is only listed as closed on Wednesday, but anticipates adding Thursday, as well.

Partially used multi-day theme park tickets with a usage window impacted by Hurricane Ian will automatically be extended through September 30, 2023.

Guests must check in to WDW resorts on Wednesday, Sept. 28, by 3pm and will be asked to shelter in place. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Copper Creek Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa and the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort will close Tuesday through Friday. Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser voyages that were set to depart Tuesday and Thursday have been canceled, and guests have been notified.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom has been cancelled for Thursday, Sept. 29, and performances of Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue have been cancelled Wednesday through Friday.

ZooTampa has announced it will close Tuesday through at least Thursday to ensure the safety of its animals.

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County Services

I’ve covered some of the area counties, but if yours isn’t listed, the official county site for your county will give you the info you need.

Emergency shelters will be opening in every county, so click on the links below for the lists.

Orange County

Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) will be closed from Wednesday through Friday, with plans to reopen at 10am on Saturday, October 1, 2022. For the safety and security of the animals, OCAS staff will be sheltering in place. Staff will be onsite monitoring and caring for shelter pets.

All Orange County Parks and Recreation locations will be closed Wednesday through Friday.

Some City Public garages are free to park in from 2pm Wednesday until further notice if you don’t have a safe off-street place to park.

Until noon on Wednesday, Orange County Utilities will collect residential curbside garbage, yard waste and large items; recycling carts will not be collected. After that time, remove and safely store all materials until your next regularly scheduled collection day. There will be no collections on Thursday. Curbside service will resume when conditions are safe to do so; however, yard waste collection may be delayed.

Solid Waste Facilities: Due to Hurricane Ian, the Orange County Landfill and transfer stations will be closed to the public at noon on Wednesday through Thursday. They will reopen when conditions are safe.

To ensure that residents are prepared for the potential impact of a storm, Orange County has re-opened its free, self-serve sandbag program at five Parks and Recreation sites across the county.

  • Barnett Park, 4801 W. Colonial Drive
  • Bithlo Community Park, 18501 Washington Avenue
  • Downey Park, 10107 Flowers Avenue
  • Meadow Woods Park, 1751 Rhode Island Woods Circle
  • West Orange Recreational Complex, 309 Southwest West Crown Point Road

Sites will operate during normal park hours. Individuals are reminded to bring their own shovels to fill sandbags. For more information visit ocfl.net/storm.

Osceola County

The Osceola County Administration building will be closed through Thursday. It will reopen Friday, weather permitting. All community centers and parks will also be closed through Friday.

Polk County

All Polk County offices will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, along with Clerk of Courts, Polk County parks, and more. Polk County Public schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, and POlk State College will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. Full list of closures at link.

Seminole Country

All Seminole County Government business offices will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. This includes Seminole County Animal Services and Seminole County Libraries. More closures can be found at the link above.

Volusia County

Volusia County offices will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. Additional county closures can be found at the link.

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Concerts and Other Events

Amalie Arena has announced the Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Carolina Hurricanes game on September 28 will be postponed to a TBA date.

Amway Center has announced the Wisin & Yandel concert scheduled for this Thursday, September 29 will be rescheduled, but their concert on Saturday, October 1 will proceed as scheduled.

Dr. Phillips Center has announced the following shows have been rescheduled.

  • Young People’s Concert–Game Overture on September 28, 2022, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, November 2, 2022
  • Todd Barry on September 29, 2022, has been rescheduled to Thursday, November 17, 2022
  • The Second City on September 30 & October 1, 2022, has been rescheduled to Friday & Saturday, February 3 & 4, 2023
  • Plus Sebastián Yatra on September 30 has been postponed, as has the Milton Nascimento concert.

Hard Rock Live Orlando says the Sabrina Carpenter show on Sept 28 has been postponed to Oct. 20, 2022, and the KMFDM show on Sept 29 has been cancelled. Check their site for updates.

UCF College of Arts and Humanities is closing the UCF Art Gallery Wednesday and Thursday, and cancelling the Theatre UCF presents ‘The Interference’ performances for the same dates. Tonight’s Jazz Ensemble II concert is also cancelled, as is the Flying Horse Big Band concert on Friday.

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If you have a relevant cancellation or postponement we missed, let us know in the comments or use our contact form. Thanks everyone, and please stay safe!

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