Storms close SeaWorld; Disneyland, Universal open in rainy-day mode

This post has been updated. See note below for details.

SeaWorld closed Friday amid the strong storms that have hit Southern California.

"Safety of guests/team members/animals is a top priority," tweeted Clyde the sea lion.

Extreme weather conditions (heavy rain & strong winds): We're closed today (2/28). Safety of guests/team members/animals is a top priority.

— Clyde Sea Lion (@ClydeSeaWorldSD) February 28, 2014

But if you still feel like heading to a theme park, Universal Studios Hollywood was open Friday and handing out free hot chocolate and coffee for those willing to brave the rain -- and the traffic -- for the Transformers and Shrek 4-D rides.

The park will likely shutter the "WaterWorld" show Friday afternoon, a spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times a little before noon PST. But the Studio Tour tram ride will remain open, she said, along with all the indoor attractions, including the Revenge of the Mummy ride and the Special Effects Stage Show. 

Also, if the park receives more than one-eighth of an inch of rain by 2 p.m., guests with a one-day ticket can request a rain check any time before the park closes. Rain checks are good for a free return visit any time within the following 30 days.

Disneyland in Anaheim is open and is getting back to me on any rainy-day changes in routine. I'll update this post at that time.

[Updated, 12:40 p.m. PST Feb. 28: A Disneyland/California Adventure spokeswoman said there were no plans to alter the parks' operating hours. Indoor attractions are open, "but the rain and wind can have an impact on some of our outdoor attractions and entertainment," she said The bad weather means no Mickey's Soundsational Parade or, at California Adventure, Pixar Play Parade.]

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