Latest Update: 9/29/22 2:55 pm EDT – Disney World Confirms Phased Reopening for Friday
Published: 9/29/22 2:12 pm EDT
While the Walt Disney World Resort has only officially confirmed on its website that its Theme Parks and Water Park will be closed today, Thursday, September 29, other sections of its website suggest that official confirmation of a Friday closure is coming soon.
Multiple Guests have already reported that they spoke with Cast Members who said that Disney World Theme Parks would remain closed for another day.
According to the Walt Disney World website, all Theme Park Reservation availability on Friday for Theme Park Ticket holders, Resort Hotel Guests, and all Annual Passholder tiers have been removed.
While it could simply be a matter of Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom being now at full expected capacity due to the multi-day closure, it could also be a means to halt any further interest in visiting the Parks in the current weather conditions.
Resort Hotel Reservation availability has also been eliminated on the Disney World website Friday and into Saturday, October 1.
This find follows Disney World’s decision to not accept any check-ins today for the safety of both Guests and Cast Members.
The current status of Walt Disney World Resort Hotels reads as the following:
For the safety of our Guests and Cast Members, check-in will not be accepted on Thursday, Sept. 29. For Guests with a Friday, Sept. 30 check-in, please arrive at your resort no earlier than 3 p.m. ET; Guests who arrive before 3 p.m. will not be able to check in. Guests may reschedule their trip or cancel their stay with us; any customary cancellation fees will be waived.
- Guests that are checked in will receive updates, including any direction to shelter in place at their resort.
- 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 Thursday, Sept. 29.
- The Grand Floridian Spa is closed on Thursday, Sept. 29.
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 are temporarily closed through Friday, Sept. 30 due to the weather. We are contacting Guests with current and upcoming reservations.
While the center of Tropical Storm Ian has left the Sunshine State, tropical storm conditions persist in the Disney World Area as well as the rest of Central Florida. Record flooding and high winds have caused power outages and hazardous road conditions. The extent of the damage Disney World has faced also remains unclear.
Earlier this morning, Disney World posted an update to Twitter, which read, in part,
“We are thinking of our neighbors across Florida. We will get through this together and will be there to help our cast members and community.”
— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) September 29, 2022
We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on Hurricane Ian’s impact on Walt Disney World Resort as more developments come to light.