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Disney World Could Be Losing Millions Per Day Due To Hurricane Ian

While Hurricane Ian has now moved on from Florida, it’s left a fair amount of damage in its wake, and the Disney properties are a part of that.

The Walt Disney World Resort has been protecting itself and bracing for Hurricane Ian—now a tropical storm—that swept over Florida yesterday and is now moving further north. Earlier today, Disney officially announced that its Theme Parks—Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios—and Disney Springs would begin a phased reopening on Friday, September 30.

Read More: Disney World Confirms Phased Reopening for Friday

Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort/Disney

The Disney Resort made the prudent decision to close the Parks and hunker down, keeping Guests safe, even before the storm swept through Central Florida.

Some recent Fox News reports demonstrate just how much that might have cost the Theme Park. In a report by Market Realist, analysts looked at Disney’s Parks, Experiences, and Products division and its revenue during the fiscal first quarter of 2022 — slightly more than $7.2 billion.

Analysts then took that total and divided it by 90 (average days) per quarter.

The figure they came to was 80.38 million per day in revenue across all properties in the Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products (DPEP) division.

Spaceship Earth at EPCOT

Spaceship Earth, EPCOT/Disney

While there is no official number on how much Disney World, in particular, brings to the Walt Disney Company, the number is a dividend of 80.38 million.

Needless to say, that’s a lot.

The good news, though, is that while this will undoubtedly impact the Disney Park, they’ll likely be back just as quickly with the number of fans aching to come back to the Resort as soon as they can and with all the Halloween festivities planned for the month.

During this time, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campgrounds, among other Resort hotels all closed for booking for the period of the storm and hunkered down while it raged on.

Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Tree of Life/Disney

Ian is not the first hurricane to force The Walt Disney World Resort to close its gates. Seven hurricanes have left Disney World with no option but to close: 1985’s Hurricane Elena, 1999’s Hurricane Floyd, 2004’s Hurricane Charley, Hurricane Francis, and Hurricane Jeanne, 2016’s Hurricane Matthew, and 2017’s Hurricane Irma.

The Disney Parks also closed Disney Parks temporarily in early 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic that swept the globe.

We at Disney Fanatic will keep readers updated on the latest news regarding Hurricane Ian and Walt Disney World.

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