Walt Disney World has only been closed three times since opening in 1971 -- always in anticipation of hurricanes: Hurricane Floyd (1999); Hurricane Jeanne (2004); Hurricane Frances (2004). Their top wind speeds, respectively, were 155 mph, 120mph, and 145 mph. Hurricane Matthew's winds have reached speeds of up to 140 mph and strengthening.
A spokeswoman for Walt Disney World said on Thursday, "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 Fri., Oct. 7."