For only the fifth time in history, Disney World closed for two days Sunday and Monday as Hurricane Irma rolled over Florida. And by the looks of these photos, park employees took major precautions to preserve the magic from potential damage.
Travelers and Disney fans who visited before and during the storm posted photos of ride entrances wrapped in plastic, light posts covered with protective bags and signs removed from major areas like Main Street U.S.A. Their images are a rare look behind the scenes when weather threatens the Happiest Place on Earth.
Sunset Boulevard lights in mesh bags for #HuricaneIrmapic.twitter.com/Nc4TwKMu6u
Shops emptied in World Showcase for #HurricaneIrmapic.twitter.com/ITJzi4iAdx
Sunset Blvd getting ready for Irma wrapping up lights pic.twitter.com/rCKqMKUygF
Disney's animal kingdom tapstiles are all plastic wrapped for protection #IrmaWDW#wdw#disneyworldpic.twitter.com/iDstoE3nEY
Monorails and their service trains, seeking shelter tonight in the Contemporary. #HurricaineIrmapic.twitter.com/6mztE2QL46
CMs pacing up all the chairs at Typhoon Lagoon #HuricaneIrmapic.twitter.com/0b1vuKTtqB
Tomorrowland Terrace is selling pre-packed snacks and drinks to prepare guests for #HurricaneIrmapic.twitter.com/O6hT30baO4
Typhoon Lagoon is getting ready for #HuricaneIrmapic.twitter.com/efWxBMmiBc
Fabric removed from some Epcot roofs to prepare for #HurricaneIrmapic.twitter.com/qx6Ryf0jmR
Some guests rode out the storm at Disney World resorts, where cast members kept them entertained with character visits, board games and dance parties, according to Hello Giggles and photos posted to social media.
Making magic happen while we weather the storm. Stay safe Central Florida! #WaltDisneyWorldpic.twitter.com/K0RbzLLzpT
ITS ELECTRIC SLIDE O'CLOCK #HurricaneIrmapic.twitter.com/UQKlPGTfn1
By Tuesday, most Disney World attractions were back up and running, according to Fortune. Some areas suffered damage like downed trees and signs, but the theme parks are operating on normal hours, according to the Disney World site, and things appear OK overall thanks to speedy cleanup efforts.
Port Orleans French Quarter at 6:58am vs 9:03pm today. Disney have done an amazing job cleaning it up so fast. #LiveFromWDW#HurricaneIrmapic.twitter.com/Rnbc354bvp
9 hours earlier this pool was a complete mess. There were tons of branches both around & in the pool. #Disney castmembers are always on it. pic.twitter.com/Odx3lOyQVL
We’re glad the magic is safe.