Walt Disney World has made the announcement that they will be closing the parks for Hurricane Ian. The theme parks and Disney Springs will be closed on Wednesday, September 28th and Thursday, September 29th.
The History Of Walt Disney World Hurricane Closures
The Disney parks closing their gates for a hurricane is not a common occurrence. Since the parks’ opening in 1971, Walt Disney World has only closed eight times for hurricanes. The last time a hurricane caused a closure in the parks was with Hurricane Dorian in 2019.
Typically, Disney will stay open as long as possible during inclement weather, and most of the time it is no problem for the parks to manage. However, Disney will always make sure that their Guests are safe above all else and unfortunately that sometimes means being out in the parks is not possible.
Disney Resorts Will Remain Open
Although the theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs will be closed, Disney resorts are remaining open and available to guests. For those who are concerned about being at a Disney resort during the storm, there is no need to worry. Disney has some pretty remarkable hurricane procedures and if you happen to be stuck in a Walt Disney World Resort due to Hurricane Ian, you will be in the best hands. The Disney resorts have everything that you will need to make it through the hurricane safely, and they even add in some magical touches that will help keep your vacation fun.
When Will The Parks Reopen?
At this time, Walt Disney World and Disney Springs are scheduled to reopen on Friday, September 30th for Guests to enjoy. So think of this as a temporary blip in your Disney vacation!
Will you be riding out the storm in one of Disney’s resorts? If so, which one? Let us know in the comments below!