Hurricane Ian Forces the Shutdown of Another Disney Resort

Hurricane Ian has moved through Florida as a Category 4 storm, leaving down trees, debris, and severe flooding in its wake.

The Walt Disney World Resort was able to reopen most Parks and amenities earlier today with only limited offerings remaining closed for now, but the storm has been regaining strength and has begun to move toward the Carolinas.

Hurricane Ian

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The storm is now set to make landfall nearby Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort, in Hilton Head, SC, and much like the Parks and Resorts in Orlando earlier this week, the property has made the decision to modify operations for the safety of Guests and Cast Members.

The official statement from Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort reads:

As we continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Ian, we are preparing for necessary operational adjustments based on the latest information from the National Weather Service:

Beginning Friday, Sept. 30, all resort amenities at Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort will be unavailable as we plan to shelter indoors. Resort restaurants will be closed, and Cast Members will not be able to deliver food while the shelter indoors guidance is in place. Please be prepared with enough food and water to last the duration of the storm.

For the safety of our Guests and Cast Members, we are not able to accept any incoming arrivals at Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort on Saturday, Oct. 1. Please feel free to reschedule your trip or cancel your stay with us; any cancellation fees will be waived.

Disney's Hilton Head Island

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Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort is taking similar precautions that the Resorts at Walt Disney World took earlier this week, in that Guests may stay onsite to shelter through the storm but most amenities will not be available and check-ins will be paused during the storm. With wind at about 85 mph and gusts just over 100 mph, Hurricane Ian has the potential to cause damage and power outages in the Carolinas, so those looking for a safe place to stay with power may be planning to stay at hotels like Disney’s where power is unlikely to go out and such locations can provide a safe place to wait out the storm.

Where the restaurant will be closed at this Resort, and the hotel may not have the availability to provide boxed meals like Disney World Resorts did earlier this week, we strongly encourage any Guests who are riding out the storm to bring their own food and water to get them through the worst of the storm in their hotel room.

Disney's Hilton Head Island

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Disney’s official description of the Hilton Head Island Resort reads:

Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort is located on the picturesque coast of South Carolina, only 5 hours from Walt Disney World Resort. This elegant, relaxing home-away-from-home—fashioned after a 1940s hunting and fishing lodge—combines local charm and simple pleasures with outdoor fun for the entire family. The resort features multi-roomed villas and many recreational activities, including 12 miles of heavenly beaches.

For more information on Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort, visit In the meantime, we will continue to monitor Hurricane Ian and will be back with additional information as we have it here on Disney Tips.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."