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Walt Disney World to Close Due to Hurricane Ian Impact

Florida residents and Walt Disney World Resort Guests have had an unnerving start to the week as they prepare for the inevitable arrival of Hurricane Ian. Now, Walt Disney World Resort has announced the rare news that it will be closing its gates due to the storm’s impact.

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Hurricane Ian will likely make landfall just south of Tampa, Florida, late Wednesday (September 28, 2022) evening into early Thursday morning (September 29, 2022). The hurricane then heads north through the Sunshine State, impacting the Central Florida area, which Walt Disney World Resort and other theme park giants such as Universal Orlando Resort call home.

With the uncertainty of the storm and the danger it imposes on Disney Guests, Walt Disney World Resort has announced its theme park closure. Reporter @ScottGustin took to social media to share the following:

“NEW: Walt Disney World has informed Cast Members the theme parks and water parks will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday. Disney Springs will be closed on Wednesday. A decision for Thursday will be announced later.”

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Walt Disney World will close its theme parks and water parks on Wednesday, September 28, and Thursday, September 29, 2022. @DisneyParks released the following message:

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The news of the closure comes on the heels of other Disney Park and Resort closures, including select Resorts such as Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground and dining experiences such as Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue.

Walt Disney World Resort isn’t the only closure as the Orlando International Airport (MCO) has also shared it will be closed due to Hurricane Ian.

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RELATED: Walt Disney World Announces Closures Ahead of Hurricane Ian

As usual, we will be sure to keep Disney Tips readers updated as we learn more about the impact of Hurricane Ian on Walt Disney World Resort and surrounding areas. Be sure to keep an eye on the National Hurricane Center, and please stay safe, Disney family!

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.