Hurricane Ian isn’t bowing to the authority of the Kingdom…that is the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World. According to the WDW website, all the parks of Disney World will be shut down on Wednesday, September 28, and Thursday, September 29.
“Partially used multi-day theme park tickets with a usage window impacted by Hurricane Ian related park closure will automatically be extended to use the remaining entitlements through any date through September 30, 2023,” a statement on the website said.
Guests who have reservations at one of the WDW Resort Hotels must check in by 3 p.m. on the 28th and be ready to shelter in place, or people can choose to reschedule or cancel their plans without any fees.
Disney World is currently contacting guests who have upcoming reservations.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom scheduled for Sept. 29 has been canceled, and dining options are also expected to be limited in some cases.
“Performances of Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue have been (canceled) Sept. 28 through Sept. 30 in light of the temporary closure of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground,” the website said. “Guests with pre-paid reservations will be automatically (canceled) and refunded.”
An alert at the top of the website encouraged guests to continue to check for the latest updates about closures.
Disney is not alone, Universal Orlando Resort also announced on Twitter that it will be temporarily closed.
“Universal Orlando Resort, including CityWalk, will close on Sept. 28 & remain fully closed on Sept. 29,” the tweet said. “We anticipate reopening on Sept. 30 as conditions permit.”
A follow-up tweet said that Universal Orlando Resort’s hotels “are currently at full capacity and will remain operational as they take care of our guests.”
According to NBC News, Hurricane Ian is now a Category 3 storm and it is expected to build as it approaches the Florida coast.