- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 6, 2006

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens announced that they would give full refunds to tourists whose vacations are disrupted by tropical storms, matching policies instituted at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando last week.

The two Central Florida parks, along with Discovery Cove, have always had a flexible policy regarding storms and hurricanes, but now that plan is formalized, said Anheuser Busch Adventure Parks, which owns all three parks.

If a named tropical storm or hurricane approaches Orlando, Tampa or a guest’s hometown, the park will reschedule or refund any tickets or vacation package booked through SeaWorld or Busch Gardens Vacations.

Disney lets vacationers to cancel or reschedule if the National Weather Service posts a hurricane warning for Orlando, or for their hometowns, within seven days of their planned arrivals.

Universal’s no-questions-asked policy applies to rooms booked at the company’s three area hotels, nearby resorts with which the park partners and packages booked through Universal Parks & Resorts Vacations. The policy, posted on the company’s Web site last week, enables refunds for vacations booked during any active, named storm.

Three hurricanes ripped through the Orlando area in 2004.

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