The Walt Disney World Resort has quietly removed all Resort Hotel reservation availabilities from its website concerning new stays between today, September 26, through the end of the month as evacuation orders are given in several areas throughout the State of Florida.
We at Disney Fanatic have mentioned previously that there are arguably no safer places to be in Florida during a hurricane or tropical storm than a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel and that many local Floridians will book last-minute reservations as a rather magical way to obey evacuation orders and take shelter from the storm. But that no longer appears to be the case.
A quick search on the Disney World website confirms that no reservations can be made regardless of hotel tier.
While there is no official confirmation, there is a very real possibility that Disney World Resort Hotels are simply booked to capacity. Speaking from personal experience, Floridians on the coast, when told to evacuate, will first head inland, and the Orlando area is their destination. Disney World’s hurricane policy will then ensure that Cast Members keep Guests safe and dry, with personal effects left as one’s primary concern. It could also be a precautionary step toward the announcement of Park closure.
So it starts… https://t.co/YSVAVsV0HA
— Eric Burris (@EricBurrisWESH) September 26, 2022
For those readers who were able to secure a Resort Hotel Reservation, some extra-rainy Park days might be an option as it appears Disney World Theme Parks are scheduled to remain open at this time until the weather situation prompts them to do otherwise. Click the link below to read our full coverage of that story.
As of this article’s publication, Hurricane Ian is still an intensifying Category 1 hurricane, and the entirety of The Walt Disney World Resort remains under a Tropical Storm Watch.
We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on Hurricane Ian’s effect on the Walt Disney World Resort as more developments come to light.