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Floyd forces Disney to close

Park shuts doors for first time

NEW YORK — Theme park operators ran for cover Tuesday as Hurricane Floyd neared the coast of Florida, with the Walt Disney Resort shutting its doors for the first time in its 28-year history.

The 30,000-acre home of Disney’s Magic Kingdom, other assorted theme and water parks and 21 hotels was cleared out by 3 p.m. and not scheduled to reopen until Thursday morning. On a normal day, the Disney attractions are usually host to 200,000 employees and tourists.

Likewise, Seagram Co. closed its nine-year-old Universal Studios Florida for the first time, as well as its new Islands of Adventure Park. Guests who chose to hunker down at the Portofino hotel, which just opened last Friday, were provided with complimentary champagne and caviar, and stress-relieving aromatherapy candles, said spokesman Jim Yeager.

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