UPDATE: Shortly after Disney announced the closures, they reversed their decision. Here is the latest update.
Even though many Florida residents have not entirely recovered from the recent tropical storm and hurricane that tore through Central Florida (and Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort) earlier this autumn, Hurricane Ian, there is a new threat on the horizon — and Disney World has already closed some locations in preparation for it!
Disney World Resort has been put under a tropical storm warning, after being put under a state of emergency first, and has taken preventative action before Subtropical Storm Nicole arrives (and likely turns into Hurricane Nicole instead). The Disney Cruise Line has also released a statement about the storm that is threatening Florida — but Disney World has just announced some closures in its Central Florida location, too!
According to the weather update portion of the Disney World website, “For the safety of our Guests and Cast Members, 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 will be closed Wednesday, November 9 through Friday, November 11. We are contacting Guests with current and upcoming reservations impacted by this change.”
“Guests may reschedule their trip or cancel their stay with us; any cancellation fees will be waived,” Disney World added on the website. Other than these Disney Resort locations, “Walt Disney World Resort is currently operating under normal conditions.”
The website also says that Disney is “continuing to closely monitor Subtropical Storm Nicole” and “[is] making necessary operational adjustments to maintain the safety of our Guests and Cast Members.”
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Since Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will be closed, one particular event is also canceled: Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue. The performances between Wednesday, November 9, and Friday, November 11 are canceled in keeping with the cancellation of the relevant Disney Resort.
Disney Fanatic will continue to update this story as more news about Subtropical Storm Nicole comes to light and as the tropical storm watch continues.