Walt Disney World theme parks to close due to Hurricane Matthew

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ORLANDO, Florida (NBC NEWS) – Disney announced Thursday it is shuttering its theme parks and other attractions in Orlando.

“Based on the most recent forecasts for Hurricane Matthew, Walt Disney World theme parks, water parks, Disney Springs, miniature golf courses and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will all be closed today by 5 p.m. and will remain closed through Friday, Oct. 7,” the company said on its website.

Disney cancelled Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party earlier.

This is the fourth time the Magic Kingdom has been closed since it opened in 1971 and each time it was because of an impending hurricane — Floyd in 1999, Frances in 2004, and Jeanne in 2004.

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