The Walt Disney World Resort announced that it would close its Theme Parks in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Ian on Wednesday, September 28, and Thursday, September 29. Paired with that announcement was a list of details concerning what current and would-be Guests should expect regarding the operational changes.
Let’s go through them together.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is Canceled
Latest Hurricane Update: Hurricane Ian Eyes Orlando, Disney World Confirms Multi-Day Park Closure
Due to the impending hurricane, Disney World has made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park.
The announcement states simply, “Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom has been cancelled for Thursday, Sept. 29.” All would-be Guests should contact the Walt Disney Travel Company or your Authorized Disney Vacation Travel Planner for up-to-date information regarding your individual itineraries.
Concerning Partially Used Disney Theme Park Tickets
Disney World will be closing Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Its water Park, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, will also be closed, as well as the Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf and Winter Summerland Minigolf.
Due to the nature of multi-day Theme Park tickets, Disney World has elected to extend any partially used so far this week.
According to Disney World’s weather update,
Partially used multi-day theme park tickets with a validity window impacted by closure due to Hurricane Ian will be automatically extended to allow use of the remaining unused ticket days through September 30, 2023. In order to enter a park, both a park reservation and valid ticket for the same park on the same date is required.
It is not clear what state the Theme Park Reservation system will be in regarding availabilities for this weekend at this time.
Concerning Disney World Resort Hotel Stay
Disney World has already begun closing more at-risk lodging situations like the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. It has also removed all Resort hotel availability for at least the rest of the week.
But for those who have already secured a Resort hotel stay or are already in the midst of one, Disney World made the following announcements:
For the safety of our Guests and Cast Members, all Guests including our Disney Vacation Club Members must check in to our resorts on Sept. 28, by 3 p.m. Guests may reschedule their trip or cancel their stay with us; any customary cancellation fees will be waived. Check in will not be accepted on Thurs Sept 29.
- Guests that are checked in by 3 p.m. Wednesday will be asked to shelter in place at their resort for the duration of the storm, this includes any resort-to-resort transfers
- Guests are strongly encouraged to enjoy food and beverage offerings at the parks and Disney Springs before returning to their Resort hotels.
- Dining options for Guests staying in our Resort hotels will vary, and in some cases may be very limited. Where available, restaurants will accept walk-ups only; Guests will not need dining reservations.
- Characters will not be available in character dining locations on Wednesday and Thursday
- The Grand Floridian Spa will close at noon Wednesday, Sept. 28.
The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue showtimes at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground have also been canceled through September 30.
The ultra-immersive Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser will also be canceling “voyages” from Tuesday, September 27, through Thursday, September 29.
Concerning Disney Springs, Transportation, Etc.
Disney Springs will be closed for at least Wednesday. Thursday is still questionable, but its Cirque du Soleil show, Drawn to Life, will still be closed on Thursday. The ESPN Wide World of Sports will be closed on both Wednesday and Thursday.
In matters of Walt Disney World Transportation, all forms, the Walt Disney World Monorail System, Ferry Boats, Bus Transportation, and Disney Skyliner will cease operations Tuesday night, and limited Minnie Van and Mears Taxi service will be available to Resort Guests who wish to keep their pre-existing breakfast reservations.
We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on Disney World news and stories regarding Hurricane Ian as more developments come to light.