Hurricane Ian Isn’t Done Yet: Another Disney Property Prepares for Impact

Hurricane Ian brought catastrophic damage to Florida. As it hit on September 28 as a Category 4 (nearly a Category 5), the Sunshine State is surveying the excessive damage that brought unprecedented floods to the state, including the Walt Disney World Resort area in Orlando. But, sadly, Hurricane Ian isn’t done yet.

Walt Disney World Resort closed its gates on Wednesday, September 28, and Thursday, September 29, but was, thankfully, able to reopen on Friday, September 30, with some phased reopening guidelines. While we celebrate the minor damages to Walt Disney World, another Disney property is preparing for Hurricane Ian’s impact in South Carolina.

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Hurricane Ian turned into Tropical Storm Ian as it swept through Florida. Now, the storm is churning in the Atlantic, just off the border of South Carolina. Unfortunately, the storm has gained strength again and turned back into Hurricane Ian with a Category 1 status with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph.

On Friday, September 30, 2022, Hurricane Ian is expected to make landfall over South Carolina’s coast between 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST. Hurricane Ian’s path is aimed at Charleston, SC which is just north of Hilton Head Island, where Disney’s popular Disney Vacation Club Resort hotel is located.

Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort (Credit: Disney)

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The Disney Hilton Head Island Resort is located on the picturesque coast of South Carolina and features an elegant, relaxing home-away-from-home as it is fashioned after a 1940s hunting and fishing lodge. The Disney Resort is known for its perfect, calming family getaway with 12 miles of stunning beaches in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

Currently, Hilton Head Island and surrounding areas have been issued Hurricane Warnings. Several businesses and schools have been closed as of 4:00 pm ET on September 29 in preparation for the storm’s arrival on September 30, 2022.

Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort Pool (Credit: Disney)

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Thankfully, much like Walt Disney World Resort, Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort knows how to take the necessary precautions to keep its Disney Resort Guests and Cast Members safe. The island’s bridge is still open as the hurricane approaches, which in the “Lowcountry” is a good sign that the residents are hoping for a positive outcome as the storm shifts north.

As always, we will be sure to keep Disney Tips readers updated as we continue to follow Hurricane Ian’s path of destruction. Our thoughts are with our South Carolina friends and family as they await the storm’s arrival.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, and weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.