Hurricane Ian is currently heading towards the Gulf Coast with a track that will apparently make it landfall sometime Wednesday in Florida.
However, the storm’s path – including its strength and severity – and exactly where it will make landfall remains to be determined. Currently, Hurricane Ian is a Category 3 hurricane with winds over 115 mph, but it’s unclear what the storm will look like when it actually makes landfall.
If you’re currently at Walt Disney World Resort and planning to wait out the storm, or have a trip coming up, there are some things you should know.
Here’s a look at what you should expect if you’re visiting Disney World during Hurricane Ian.
Current Status of Walt Disney World Resort
As of 1:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Disney released a statement indicating that it is operating under normal conditions, but will make necessary adjustments based on the storm’s path:
“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.”
Disney has announced that 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 from Wednesday, September 28 through Friday, September 30 due to the weather report. We contact customers with current and upcoming reservations.
In addition, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser voyages departing Tuesday, September 27 and Thursday, September 29 have been canceled due to potential impact to guest experience.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park will temporarily close on Wednesday, September 28 and Thursday, September 29. Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park is currently closed.
Winter Summerland Miniature Golf and Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf will also temporarily close on Wednesday, September 28 and Thursday, September 29.
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Travel restrictions entering (or leaving) Florida
While no major lane closures have been announced for the escape routes at this time, the situation is fluid and could change. However, if you are flying to or from MCO (Orlando Airport), be aware that the airport will cease commercial operations beginning at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. This means that no flights to or from the airport will take place at that time.
Many flights have also already been canceled before this threshold. The airport said it plans to resume normal operations on Friday, but that will depend on damage and the impact of the storm.
Spending time at Disney World during Hurricane Ian
If you’re at Disney World during this time — whether because of a canceled flight that left you stranded or choosing to continue your trip voluntarily — know that Disney Cast Members are working hard to keep Guests safe.
There are special activities that Cast Members will introduce at Disney World Resorts if Disney parks – including Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT – should be closed.
Plus, Disney will give you all the information you need to take shelter and what to do while you’re in the middle of the storm.
If you do manage to enjoy the parks – whether on Wednesday and Thursday during the impact of the storm, or after the weekend, possibly after a reopening – you should be patient and know that there are no fixed formula to know what to expect in terms of crowds or wait times. If Disney cast members have trouble getting to work, it could negatively impact attractions and wait times, even after the storm subsides.
However, there have been reports in the past of very short wait times after a storm, but it all depends on the extent of the damage and more.
Remember, the most important thing is the safety of all guests and cast members.
If you want to change your planned trip to Disney World
Disney waived its cancellation fees due to the hurricane, so if you wish to cancel, you can do so without penalty.
Customers with reservations for these dates are asked to call 407-939-5209 for assistance in changing their plans.
Inside the Magic will continue to update you on the status of Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and others amid the impact of Hurricane Ian.