Removing anything that could possible turn into a dangerous missile and shrink wrap are two of the ways Disney World is preparing Epcot for Hurricane Irma.
As Irma approaches, Disney World is preparing to close today (Sept. 9, 2017) by 9 p.m. for the Category 3 hurricane that is expected to come up the west coast of Florida. In that position, the harsher winds will be few northeast of the storm, which is were Disney World is located.
Disney is expected to open all its parks and Disney Springs on Tuesday, Sept. 12.
To prepare for the closing Disney has removed all of the small menu tower signs at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival now taking place. It has also removed signs from all of the temporary food kiosks, which left guest trying to figure out which country kiosk they were approaching.
In addition, Disney used plastic shrink wrap around all of the glass lamps around the park, in case they were to break and also to prevent the lamps from swinging. All of the small retail stands have been cleared out as well.
Here’s what we saw:
A sign showing that Epcot will close at 9 p.m. and there is no Illuminations show.
Signs on the temporary food kiosks have been removed, anywhere the sign was not fully attached to the structure.
Merchandise kicks have been emptied and secured.
A few of the food kiosks were never opened and were secured.
Temporary areas for festival merchandise were emptied.
All of the lamps around the World Showcase lagoon were wrapped in plastic.
The lamp outside the American Adventure was secured with plastic.
Banners were secured with zip ties.
The entrance touch points were even wrapped in plastic to protect them from the storm.