Sunday 17 December 2017

Deserted Disney World turns into 'ghost town' as Hurricane Matthew hits

Disney World looks like a 'ghost town' as hurricane Matthew continues Photo: Instagram @daskevv
Disney World looks like a 'ghost town' as hurricane Matthew continues Photo: Instagram @daskevv

Images of a deserted Disney World have been posted on social media after Hurricane Matthew battered the Florida coast.

The world’s most popular theme park near Orlando became a ghost town after its doors shut for only the fourth time in its history.

It was closed from 5pm on Thursday and on Friday “due to the latest forecasts for Hurricane Matthew”.

The resort opened on Saturday, with the resort posting in an update:  “Fortunately, the Walt Disney World property was not damaged by the storm.”

Disney World has closed three other times since opening in 1971 due to hurricane warnings.

Many tourists who flock to Orlando's major theme parks, including Universal Studios and SeaWorld, were left disappointed by the closures.

"I never get time off. I'm a little sad," tourist Amber Klinkel (25) of Battle Creek, Michigan, lamented at Universal.

Anthony Leotta, who arrived Thursday from Long Island, New York, said he was going to try to get a refund at Universal, AP reports.

"I paid for three days at the park and I'm only going to be able to use one," Leotta said.

Another tourist Carlos Rodriguez, added: "We will try not to walk away empty-handed. Can't blame them for a hurricane. But you can blame them for closing too early."

Matthew continued its destructive march along the US coast on Saturday as the death toll in Haiti rose to nearly 900.

Before it made landfall, this 'sinister' image of the hurricane was captured from space.

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