Disney World Shuts Theme Parks Forward of Hurricane Ian


Walt Disney World will shut its theme parks quickly as a consequence of Hurricane Ian, which is predicted to make landfall in Florida late Wednesday or early Thursday.

“Given the most recent projections, Walt Disney World theme parks and water parks will probably be closed on Wednesday, Sept. 28, and Thursday, Sept. 29,” Disney Parks tweeted Tuesday night.

Hurricane Ian, presently a class 3 storm, might strengthen right into a class 4 as soon as it makes landfall in Florida. It might deliver a “life-threatening storm surge” to the Florida west coast, in keeping with the Nationwide Hurricane Heart. 

Hurricane-force winds are anticipated starting Wednesday morning in southwest and west central Florida. “Devastating wind injury is predicted close to the core of Ian,” the middle added in its newest advisory. Heavy rainfall with the chance of flash flooding can also be anticipated.

The multiday Disney World closure consists of Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Storm Lagoon water park, Winter Summerland Miniature Golf, Fairways Miniature Golf, Fantasia Gardens and ESPN Vast World of Sports activities Advanced. Disney Springs, the purchasing and eating district, will shut on Wednesday and is anticipated to be closed Thursday as properly. 

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Occasion at Magic Kingdom has been canceled for Thursday, and Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser voyages departing Tuesday and Thursday have additionally been canceled. 

Disney World lodge visitors are being requested to shelter of their resorts, however should examine in by 3 p.m. ET Wednesday. A number of Disney resorts will shut fully from Wednesday by Friday, nonetheless: 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.

Friends who’ve partially used multiday theme park tickets could have these tickets prolonged by Sept. 30, 2023.

Common Orlando will equally shut its theme parks and the CityWalk purchasing and eating space on Wednesday and Thursday. Orlando airport will stop business operations at 10:30 a.m. ET Wednesday. 

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