Disney World to Close Ahead of Hurricane Matthew in Rare (But Not Unprecedented) Move

It's happened in two previous years.

Disney World is getting ready to close up shop for Hurricane Matthew in just an hour or so: TMZ reports that the Orlando theme park will close at 5 p.m. on Thursday as mass evacuations were underway in the region and Florida's governor warned, "This storm will kill you."

TMZ reports that the park has plans to open again Saturday morning. But naturally the specifics would depend on any damage. Matthew is currently a category 4 storm, and its winds are expected to begin wreaking havoc on Central Florida in the coming hours.

Disney World has closed three other times in two past years in preparation for hurricanes: It closed in 1999 for Hurricane Floyd, and twice in 2004 for Frances and Jeanne.

Universal Orlando is also closing, and hopes to open by Saturday.

Authorities have urged more than 2 million people to evacuate along the coast in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. It's the largest mandatory evacuation in the country since Hurricane Sandy pummeled the east coast in 2012.

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