Walt Disney Company Releases Statement Following Hurricanes Ian & Fiona

Hurricane Ian swept through Florida this week as a Category 4 storm leaving severe damage in its wake across various areas of the state.

While the Walt Disney World Resort sustained only mild damage, other areas of Central Florida have been greatly affected by the storms, and the Company has released an official statement on the matter.

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The Walt Disney Company shared a statement following the two recent hurricanes to its social media channels which reads:

Our hearts go out to those impacted by Hurricanes Ian and Fiona. We are grateful for all first responders who are doing heroic work, and to our employees who helped keep our guests safe. In addition to providing impacted employees with assistance through our relief fund, we are providing support to the American Red Cross, Feeding America, Heart of Florida United Way, and others working on local relief efforts. 


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The Walt Disney World Resort began a phased reopening today with most Parks and amenities already back as of this writing, and the Orlando International Airport resumed passenger flights earlier today at 12:00 p.m. Elsewhere in Central Florida, most other theme parks have remained closed today, including Universal Orlando which sustained considerable damage due to the storm, and the Fort Myers area (south-east of Orlando) was left with some of the worst hurricane damage.

Many fans were surprised to see Walt Disney World reopen shortly after the storm moved out of Florida, especially where most other attractions remained closed for an additional day. Along with regular Park hours today, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is taking place tonight as scheduled in the Magic Kingdom, and Drawn to Life by Cirque du Soleil will be performed at 8:00 p.m. in Disney Springs.

Rainy Magic Kingdom

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If you are visiting Walt Disney World this week, be sure to check the My Disney Experience app as some opening times and attractions may be running on modified schedules as the Parks reopen.

We will continue to monitor the impact of Hurricane Ian on Central Florida and will be back with additional updates as we have them 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."