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Intense Photos Show Irma's Devastation Of The Happiest Place On Earth

SEPTEMBER 18, 2017  —  By Matthew Derrick  
Matthew Derrick

Matthew Derrick

Writer and sassy ginger currently residing in central Pennsylvania. Matt spends most of his free time online shopping for clothing that he doesn't need, perfecting the art of eye-rolling, and indulging in all forms of pop culture.

The happiest place on Earth rarely closes its doors, but the threat of Hurricane Irma forced Disney World to close Sunday and Monday, as much of Florida prepared to escape the devastating storm.

Hurricane Irma marks just the sixth time Disney World has closed its gates in 45 years of operation. But when the park finally opened its doors Tuesday morning, park goers were able to come face-to-face with the destruction caused by the storm.

While some portions of the park remain closed for cleanup, guests have been flooding social media with photos of Irma’s aftermath.

Just 24 hours after Irma hit, Cinderella's castle remained relatively unharmed, but the same can't be said for the rest of the park.

The streets of Epcot were still mostly covered with large puddles of muddy water.

And trees could be found uprooted all over.

Irma didn't leave any stone unturned.

Her wrath left the railing outside of Doubloon Lagoon in shambles.

Check out the terrifying moment a series of transformers exploded as a result of the storm.

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But the parks weren't the only areas impacted by heavy winds and torrential downpours.

Disney's multiple resorts and beaches also suffered flooding and other damage.

But perhaps the most visible destruction took place at Best Friend Pet Care.

Thankfully, most of the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma was relatively minimal.

And with the exception of the Fort Wilderness Campground and the Saratoga Springs Treehouse Villas, the park was able to return to normal in almost no time at all.

(via Entertainment Weekly)

It really is a miracle that Disney World experienced very minor damage after the storm and were able to open back up to help give those impacted by Irma a place to escape the stresses of rebuilding and moving on.

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