FILE - The newly painted Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is seen with the the crest to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the theme park Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  The idea was presented to Florida lawmakers 55 years ago: Let Disney form its own government and in exchange it would create a futuristic city of tomorrow. That city never materialized, but Walt Disney World became an economic juggernaut, and its government retained unprecedented powers. Five decades later,   Gov. Ron DeSantis is asking lawmakers to end Disney's government in a move that throws a wrench into decades of symbiotic relations between the company and state government.(AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Editor’s Note: CNN Travel’s last update of this story was around 10:30 a.m. ET Saturday. You can check links below or contact attractions directly for the latest information.

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Florida’s major theme parks remained closed Thursday as Hurricane Ian left a wake of destruction on the peninsula and headed into the Atlantic Ocean toward the Carolinas.

Here’s a status report of the latest plans of various theme parks and other tourist attractions in Florida along with what’s going on with various cruises. The statuses of top tourist attractions in the Carolinas appear near the end of this article:

Disney World (Orlando)

Walt Disney World announced Thursday night that its four big theme parks are reopening Friday on the following schedule:

• Magic Kingdom Park: 10 a.m. (Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will be offered as scheduled and is sold out at this time)
• EPCOT: 11 a.m.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios: noon
• Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park: 1 p.m.

Disney Resort hotel guests and guests staying at other select hotels will be allowed to enter two hours earlier than times posted above.

Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf will also reopen at 3 p.m. Friday.

Walt Disney World Transportation will begin operating as normal on Friday but is subject to weather protocols, the park said.

Disney Springs, the entertainment, dining and shopping complex, will open at 10 a.m. Friday.

Click here for more details about the reopenings, including information on hotels and camping sites.

Busch Gardens (Tampa)

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay said on its website Thursday evening that it would be closed through Friday.

That also holds true for other Florida parks held by the SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment company:

• Adventure Island (Tampa)
• SeaWorld Orlando
• Aquatica Orlando
• Discovery Cove (Orlando)

The company said Discovery Cove will reschedule or refund reservations booked online or from the call center with no cancellation or change fees. For any additional information, call 407-513-4600.

People with a reservation booked through a third-party reseller can rebook visit dates with the specific park, but people wanting a refund will need to contact their reseller partner.

Click here for additional details.

Universal Resort (Orlando)

The iconic Universal globe spins outside the entrance to the Universal Studios  theme park in Orlando.

On Saturday, Universal Orlando Resort and the Halloween Horror Nights will reopen to all guests, according to its website late Friday afternoon.

Universal Orlando Resort, including CityWalk, were closed Wednesday and Thursday, and a “phased reopen” for hotel guests only starts Friday, the resort said in an email to CNN Travel on Thursday evening.

Its Halloween Horror Nights event opened at 5 p.m. Friday for all guests with existing tickets. Volcano Bay water park also reopened Friday.

Click here for more information and FAQs from Universal.

LEGOLAND (Winter Haven)

LEGOLAND Florida in Winter Haven remained closed on Friday.

After being closed Friday, LEGOLAND Florida reopened at 10 a.m. Saturday for regular operating hours with Brick-or-Treat Presents Monster Party, the resort told CNN Travel via email Friday afternoon.

Peppa Pig Theme Park will open at noon Saturday. Certain park experiences may not be available. LEGOLAND Hotel and LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel have resumed normal operations.

LEGOLAND Water Park and LEGOLAND Beach Retreat will remain closed temporarily.

People can rebook vacation stays without penalty once the park’s call center reopens on Friday. That number is 888-690-5346. Guests with questions about the resort’s hurricane policy can click here.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (Cape Canaveral)

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Merritt Island will remain closed on Friday, but the facility plans to reopen on Saturday, according to the center’s website.

Icon Park (Orlando)

All Icon Park attractions are still closed, according to the attraction’s website.

The Wheel was still closed as of 6 p.m. Friday. “As always, guest safety is our top priority and as soon as our technical team has completed the required inspections, we’ll announce its opening,” the park said.

Crayola Experience (Orlando)

The popular attraction for children will reopen at noon Friday, according to Crayola’s website on Thursday evening.

Cruise ships

Florida ports have very active cruise schedules. Here’s the status of some of those ships’ routes:

Norwegian Cruise Line: The company canceled its 10-day sailing of the Norwegian Getaway, which was scheduled to depart Thursday from Port Canaveral.

The company also changed ports on the eight-day sailing of Norwegian Sky, which left Miami on Sunday, the cruise line tells CNN. Instead of its scheduled Western Caribbean stops, the ship will now make stops in the Eastern Caribbean.

MSC: The company has changed course on at least one of their ships and is monitoring the possibility of changing others, a spokesperson tells CNN. The MSC Seashore, which was originally scheduled to be in the Western Caribbean has been rerouted to ports in the Eastern Caribbean.

The cruise line does not expect Ian to impact the MSC Seashore, which is set to depart from the Port of Miami on Saturday, October 1.

Carnival Cruise Line: The company has announced changes to its schedule. With the ports of Tampa Bay, Canaveral and Jacksonville affected by Ian, the following sailings have been canceled:

• Carnival Paradise: Four-day cruise from Tampa on Thursday.
• Carnival Elation: Four-day cruise from Jacksonville on Thursday.
• Carnival Liberty: Three-day cruise from Port Canaveral on Friday.

Guests will receive a full refund and a 25% future cruise credit, Carnival said.

Carnival Sunshine, which departed Charleston on Monday, is expected to dock once the Port of Charleston reopens. That’s expected to happen Sunday, Carnival told CNN Travel in an email Saturday morning. The ship was originally scheduled to return Saturday

The following ships have changes in their schedules and ports of call to bypass the storm and its effects: Carnival Liberty, Carnival Horizon, Carnival Sunrise, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Elation, Carnival Ecstasy and Carnival Glory.

Click here to see the specific changes in itinerary for each ship.

National and state parks

Portions of Everglades National Park reopened on Friday.

Everglades National Park in South Florida was closed on Wednesday and Thursday with no reopening time set. “After the storm passes, staff will assess park conditions to determine when it is safe to reopen,” the park’s website said.

Biscayne National Park near Miami is open with regular hours.

All National Park Service employees were evacuated from the Dry Tortugas National Park, on the western end of the Florida Keys in the Gulf of Mexico, before the approach of Hurricane Ian, according to NPS spokesperson Allyson Gantt. No employees will be riding out the storm. The park remained closed Thursday.

As of Thursday evening, more than 100 Florida state parks were closed, including Alafia River State Park (Hillsborough County), Bahia Honda State Park (Monroe County), Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park  (Collier County), Don Pedro Island State Park  (Charlotte County), Lake Manatee State Park (Manatee County) and Rainbow Springs State Park (Marian County).

Check here for a full list of closed state parks as well as camping and cabin closures information.


Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens: Officials announced both the zoo and the botanical gardens would be closed through Friday.

ZooTampa at Lowry Park: The attraction will resume regular hours on Friday, it said on its website.

Brevard Zoo: The zoo in Melbourne is set to reopen Friday barring any damage. “Boo at the Zoo is also still set to kick off this weekend,” the zoo said in a Twitter post on its verified account.

Carowinds (North Carolina / South Carolina)

The amusement park south of Charlotte, which straddles the North Carolina-South Carolina border, was closed on Friday but reopened on Saturday. Gets details on its website.

Brookgreen Gardens (Georgetown County, South Carolina)

The botanical and statuary gardens was closed on Friday and will be closed on Saturday for cleanup. Brookgreen expects to reopen at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, it said on its website late Friday afternoon.

South Carolina state parks and historical sites

The following SC state parks and historical sites were closed as of 10:30 a.m. Saturday:

• Cheraw State Park golf course
Edisto Beach State Park
• Hunting Island State Park
• Huntington Beach State Park
• Little Pee Dee State Park
• Myrtle Beach State Park

Riverbanks Zoo (Columbia)

The popular zoo in South Carolina’s capital city was closed Friday but reopened at 10 a.m. Saturday, the zoo’s website said.

Wright Brothers National Memorial (North Carolina)

The memorial in Kill Devil Hills in the Outer Banks is open, the park said on its website.

Biltmore Estate (North Carolina)

The grand estate nestled in the mountains of the Asheville area is open, according to its website. The estate said it’s keeping a close eye on the weather in case of heavy rainfall.

Be sure to check with any tourist attraction within Ian’s range before you head out, and remember even inland areas far from the coast can have significant flood damage from remnants of hurricanes.

Top image: The Magic Kingdom’s iconic Cinderella’s Castle. (John Raoux/AP)

CNN’s Jamiel Lynch, Frank Pallotta, Amanda Musa and Aya Elamroussi contributed to this report.