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Walt Disney World Announces Closures Ahead of Hurricane Ian

The National Hurricane Center has been tracking Hurricane Ian, with the latest updates showing that the storm is set to make landfall on the Florida coast as a Category 4 hurricane. While the exact track of the storm remains subject to change, visitors and residents across the state are making preparations for the impact of the storm.

Earlier today, the Walt Disney World Resort began blocking bookings for new Resort stays, a move that is not unusual ahead of major storms that could impact Central Florida. And this evening, the Resort announced closures for various areas of the property effective later this week.

Hurricane Ian

Credit: National Hurricane Center

 

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Theme Park Reporter Scott Gustin shared an update from Disney noting several closures planned for later this week at various areas of the Walt Disney World Resort, including select Resorts, water parks, mini-golf, and more.

Disney’s update notes the following closures:

  • Disney Resort Hotels: 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 since these locations 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 temporarily close Wednesday, Sept. 28 and Thursday, Sept. 29.
  • Reservations for Dining and Other Experiences: Effective immediately, we will not enforce cancellation policies until further notice for dining and other experiences like Savi’s Workshop and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

If you are visiting Disney World this week, hurricane-related updates will be posted to DisneyWorld.com/Weather, and ahead of your travels, we strongly encourage you to confirm cancellation protocols with airlines or non-Disney Resort hotels and travel companies.

Rainy Magic Kingdom

Disney has not announced closures for its other four theme parks or Resorts (in the case of serious weather conditions the Resorts that remain open will be used to shelter in place for Guests and Cast Members riding out the storm.)

We will continue to share updates as new developments are made related to Hurricane Ian, and recommend that you contact Disney directly or your authorized Disney vacation planner with any questions regarding your trip this week.

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."