Hurricane Irma closes Orlando-area theme parks

All the popular theme parks in Central Florida have decided to close down due to Hurricane Irma.

Walt Disney World was the last to make it official, announcing the resort’s four parks, water parks and other guest areas will be closed Sunday and Monday. officially closed.

Universal Orlando announced it will close at 7 p.m. on Saturday with the hope of reopening on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

The closure will include Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Volcano Bay and CityWalk.

Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels are currently at full capacity and will remain operational.

Rock the Universe will take place Friday night at Universal Studios Florida. The event, however, is canceled for Saturday night and Sunday morning. Saturday ticket-holders can attend the Friday event.

“We’re continuing to monitor Hurricane Irma and bringing you the latest information on how it will affect any planned visits to Universal Orlando Resort,” the park said.

SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will close by 5 p.m. Saturday. Both parks will remain closed through Monday.

Aquatica Orlando and Adventure Island will be closed Saturday through Monday. Discovery Cove will be closed Sunday and Monday.

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Disneyland devotee visits park for 2,000 days in a row

If Disneyland is “The Happiest Place on Earth,” Jeff Reitz may be its happiest citizen.

As of Thursday, Reitz had visited the park for 2,000 days in a row – every day for 5½ years.

The Huntington Beach man tells the Orange County Register the began visiting with his ex-girlfriend in 2012 when both were jobless and wanted to keep up their spirits.

Even after he got a job and the couple broke up, Reitz kept going.

He has met celebrities and made friends with park cast members. He has visited every restaurant.

His favorite ride is the Matterhorn Bobsleds, which he rode as a kid.

Reitz isn’t sure when his visiting streak will end, but not until next January for sure. That’s when his current annual pass expires.

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Walt Disney World housekeeper arrested for stealing

A Walt Disney World housekeeper is facing charges after investigators said she stole money during an undercover sting. 

Detectives said surveillance cameras caught Mayra Burgos stealing from rooms inside Disney’s Old Key West Resort. 

The investigation came after Disney security noticed a high number of reported thefts from rooms Burgos serviced. 

According to an arrest report, investigators placed $20 on a nightstand and caught Burgos taking the money after cleaning the room.

Burgos was arrested and has since bonded out of jail. 

 

 

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Walt Disney World housekeeper arrested for stealing

A Walt Disney World housekeeper is facing charges after investigators said she stole money during an undercover sting. 

Detectives said surveillance cameras caught Mayra Burgos stealing from rooms inside Disney’s Old Key West Resort. 

The investigation came after Disney security noticed a high number of reported thefts from rooms Burgos serviced. 

According to an arrest report, investigators placed $20 on a nightstand and caught Burgos taking the money after cleaning the room.

Burgos was arrested and has since bonded out of jail. 

 

 

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Universal Orlando to hire 2,000 workers

Universal Orlando is set to hire 2,000 new employees for positions throughout the Central Florida resort.

The Orlando Business Journal says the jobs will be full-time, part-time and seasonal positions.

Universal has already hired almost 1,700 employees to staff its new Volcano Bay water park; now the resort is looking to fill jobs in all areas, including attractions, food services, culinary, security and many more.

Those interested in attending one of several Universal job fairs throughout the month of May should log on to the resort’s employment website for more information.

Disney announced last month that it will be hiring 1,000 new jobs for the Walt Disney World resort.

 

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