As Hurricane Idalia leaves behind a wake of water and wind, businesses and schools are updating their plans. Some places are closing, while others are open. We encourage our readers to monitor the latest reports.

We will continue to update when we can and as announcements are made. And if you have kids to take care of, here are the Orlando schools that are closed, plus review these Activities To Do with Kids.

Since it is a rainy day, consider these indoor things to do in Orlando.

Hurricane Idalia Orlando – What's Open

Disney World Theme Parks – Open

All Disney theme parks and Disney Springs  will remain open and operating under normal conditions. Please continue to check back for updates.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park will be closed on August 30.
Due to the inclement weather, Winter Summerland Miniature Golf and Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf will be closed on August 30.

Typhoon Lagoon drawbridge
Typhoon Lagoon Secret Spot Mountain Trail – Brian Kirkwood @briantreks


Statements from Walt Disney World:

  • Travel Flexibility: At this time, change and cancellation fees imposed by Disney will be waived for check-in dates of August 28, 2023 through September 5, 2023. Guests currently staying at our Disney Resort hotels whose travel plans have been impacted by the storm may receive a discounted rate to extend their stay through the evening of August 31, if needed, by visiting the front desk.
  • Evacuees & First Responders Support: Florida residents evacuating from the storm and first responders assisting in storm-related recovery efforts may also receive 50% off Disney Resort hotel stays on the evenings of August 29-31, 2023. For evacuees, please call (407) W-DISNEY for details. For first responders, please call (407) 828-3200 (Option 3). This applies to new bookings only and is based on availability.
  • Storm Recovery: Walt Disney World is prepared to once again serve as a staging area for storm-related recovery efforts for the state of Florida.

Disney Springs – Open

The vast majority of restaurants and shops at Disney Springs are open, including the AMC Movie Theater.

Universal Orlando theme parks – Open

Universal Orlando theme parks are open. However, the Early Park Admission benefit will not take place (for on-site hotel guests, select Annual Passholders and other select travel trade clients),

Some preparations for Halloween Horror Nights have been modified, but overall the event should run as planned.

Universal CityWalk – Open

Most businesses, shops, and restaurants are open at Universal CityWalk including Universal Great Movie Escape.

Entrance to Universal's Great Movie Escape - Terri Peters
Entrance to Universal's Great Movie Escape – Terri Peters


Universal's Volcano Bay – Open

Volcano Bay is one of our favorite water parks and it is one of the only water parks to open today, Wednesday, Aug. 30.

SeaWorld Orlando Parks – Open

Due to the projected path of Hurricane Idalia, SeaWorld Orlando has enacted its Named Storm Policy and will open at noon on Wednesday, August 30. Discovery Cove and Aquatica are closed.

Precautions are in place following the parks’ comprehensive weather preparedness plan to ensure the safety of our animals & ambassadors during this time.

Pointe Orlando – Open

Most Pointe Orlando restaurants, bars, shops, and entertainment venues will be open including Regal Cinemas.

sign at the entrance to The Pointe Orlando
The Pointe Orlando Sign – Dani Meyering


ICON Park – partially open

Some attractions like The Wheel are closed, while other businesses and restaurants are expected to be open.

Sunset Walk – open

Most businesses, restaurants, and shops at Sunset Walk by the Margaritaville Resort Orlando are open today.

Elev8 Sanford – open

This entertainment complex in Sanford is all indoors. Elev8 Sanford has bowling, indoor mini golf, ropes course, arcade games, and a bar and restaurant.

Wekiva Island

Wekiva Island – Currently, no closure has been announced.

Image credit: Wekiva Island

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex – Open

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex – Currently, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will remain open. A portion will be closed, the bus tour and the Apollo/Saturn V Center will not be operating on Wednesday, Aug. 30.

Orlando International Airport

Statement: “Our airport is open and operational, flight disruptions are expected throughout the day – delays/cancellations & bag delivery delays may occur. Check with your airline for updates in regards to your flight. For airport status:

Orlando Sanford Airport

The Orlando Sanford Airport – no announcements


Important note – Please exercise caution! Roadways will have debris and other dangerous conditions. If a road appears to be flooded, turn around. Do not touch any downed power lines. Please be extra safe out there.
And, please continue to monitor the latest weather information.

Please check our list of Hurricane closures before heading out.