Hurricane Ian has come and gone, and soon, too, will Disney World’s weather-excused cancellation policy.
The latest storm to hit Florida brought the Theme Park capital to a halt for multiple days, stalling an untold number of Disney World vacations, both ongoing and incoming. Entire Resort Areas had to be evacuated, and record flooding caused roads and Orlando International Airport to close.
In lieu of this situation, the Walt Disney World Resort elected to waive its cancellation fee for some of its experiences, stating,
We are not enforcing cancellation policies for dining and other experiences like Savi’s Workshop and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique until Sunday, Oct. 9.
Regarding the cancellation of any Resort hotel reservations, Disney World’s FAQs state,
“If a hurricane warning is issued by the National Hurricane Center for the Orlando area—or for your place of residence—within 7 days of your scheduled arrival date, you may reschedule or cancel your Walt Disney Travel Company Disney Resort hotel packages and most room only reservations (booked directly with Disney) without any cancellation or change fees imposed by Disney. Most room-only and vacation packages can be modified, or cancelled online, including changes to travel dates.”
That seven-day window has since closed.
If any readers have neglected to make any necessary cancellations, we advise them to take care of them as soon as possible.
Disney World also had to compensate Guests for the forced cancellation of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on Thursday, September 29, and Disney Cruise Line also had to reimburse Guests due to embark on the only canceled Disney Cruise sailing during that time as the Disney Wish was forced to stay out at seas and not return to Port Canaveral on schedule.
We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on Disney Parks news and stories as more developments come to light.