Tropical Storm Ian To Impact Walt Disney World, Closures Announced

UPDATE September 27, 07:00AM EST – As it becomes clearer on Tropical Storm Ian’s path and intensity, Walt Disney World has now updated its official weather watch page. At the time of writing all Walt Disney World theme parks continue to be open as usual with Walt Disney World making the following statement:

“Walt Disney World Resort is currently operating under normal conditions as we prepare to make necessary adjustments based on the latest information from the National Weather Service.

We continue to put the safety of our Cast Members and Guests first and will share updates with you as we monitor Hurricane Ian.”

Some areas of the Walt Disney World Resort will be closed, here are the following confirmed closures so far:

  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Copper Creek Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa and the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort will temporarily close Wednesday, Sept. 28 through Friday, Sept. 30 due to the weather. We are contacting guests with current and upcoming reservations.
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon will close temporarily Wednesday, Sept. 28 and Thursday, Sept. 29. (Disney’s Blizzard Beach is currently closed).
  • Winter Summerland Miniature Golf and Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf will also temporarily close Wednesday, Sept. 28 and Thursday, Sept. 29.
  • Effective immediately, we will not enforce cancellation policies until further notice for dining and other experiences like Savi’s Workshop and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
  • Performances of Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue have been canceled Sept. 28-30 in light of the temporary closure of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Guests with pre-paid reservations will be automatically canceled and refunded.

It states quite clearly that these closures and timelines are subject to change and we will keep you updated of any further closures as and when they are announced on our news and Facebook page.

The latest update from the National Hurricane Warning Center is embedded below. It now seems that Tropical Storm Ian is going to hit central Florida hard “danger of life threatening storm surge along much of the Florida west coast where a storm surge warning has been issued with the highest risk from Fort Myers to the Tampa Bay region, with hurricane force winds in west-central Florida beginning Wednesday morning and tropical storm conditions expected by late Tuesday.”

“Heavy rainfall will spread into central and northern Florida Wednesday and Thursday and the Southeast by Friday and Saturday, potentially causing flash, urban and small stream flooding with considerable flooding, including significant, prolonged river flooding likely in Central Florida.”

The advice for all residents of Florida is to listen carefully to the guidance given over the coming few days and to take appropriate action as Tropical Storm Ian hits Florida.

UPDATE September 26, 07:00AM EST – Walt Disney World fans have been eagerly awaiting news from Disney regarding its action plan for this week as Tropical Storm Ian approaches. The latest statement which was released late on Saturday evening from Walt Disney World says, “Walt Disney World Resort is operating under normal conditions. We are closely monitoring the path of the projected weather as we continue to prioritize the safety of our Guests and Cast Members.”

This statement is confirmed by the current Walt Disney World calendar which shows all parks operating normal opening hours. Based on the latest update from the National Hurricane Center this morning, Tropical Storm Ian is still expected to hit the west coast of Florida and the Florida Panhandle by the middle of the week. We will keep you updated on further announcements from Walt Disney World regarding the action plan to keep guests and Cast Members safe as and when they are revealed. Currently, if you are planning to take a trip to Walt Disney World this week the parks are set to be open.

Still, the advice from the National Hurricane Center is, “residents in Florida should ensure they have their hurricane plan in place, follow any advice given by local officials, and closely monitor updates to the forecast.”

UPDATE September 25, 11:00AM EST – According to an update from the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Ian is now expected to hit the west coast of Florida and the Florida Panhandle by the middle of the week. While the exact intensity and path is still unknown, “residents in Florida should ensure they have their hurricane plan in place, follow any advice given by local officials, and closely monitor updates to the forecast.”

It also said in the statement from the National Hurricane Center that there, “is a risk of dangerous storm surge, hurricane-force winds, and heavy rainfall along the west coast of Florida and the Florida Panhandle.”

We still await a statement from The Walt Disney World Emergency Operations Center to detail exactly how Tropical Storm Ian will impact daily operations at the park this week. At the moment, it is predicted that Tropical Storm Ian could be a category 2 hurricane as it hits the Walt Disney World area but this cannot be confirmed as the intensity and path of Tropical Storm Ian could change. We will update you as soon as we have further information on this.

UPDATE 5:00PM EST – It has now been confirmed by Governor Ron DeSantis that a State of Emergency has been declared for the entire Florida due to the approaching Tropical Storm Ian which is expected to hit land on Tuesday. We reported earlier today that we are waiting for The Walt Disney World Emergency Operations Center to release a statement outlining an action plan of how this could impact Walt Disney World over the coming days.

Tropical Storm Ian is thought to be strengthening and could hit Florida as a category 3 hurricane. We will update you on the action plan for Walt Disney World when it is released. Residents are being advised to take the necessary precautions and further information will be given as Tropical Storm Ian develops.

UPDATE 12:00PM EST – Walt Disney World Resort is currently meeting with partners. The Walt Disney World Emergency Operations Center is set to release a statement outlining the action plan in order to keep guests and Cast Members safe for the approaching Tropical Storm Ian which is building intensity and is set to hit land on Tuesday.

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September 24, 7:00AM EST – Tropical Depression Nine formed in the Caribbean early on Friday September 24, and is expected to become named as Ian when it reaches the required tropical storm status. It is currently on course to approach Florida early next week.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a State of Emergency for twenty four counties across Florida. This includes Osceola County where parts of Walt Disney World are located.

We will keep you posted on updates and the impact this could have on Walt Disney World over the coming days and into next week on our news and Facebook page.

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