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Disney World Confirms Phased Reopening for Friday

Latest Update: 9/29/22 7:58 pm EDT – Disney World Phased Reopening Details, ‘Mickey’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party’ Update

Published: 9/29/22 2:54 pm EDT

After a day of unconfirmed reports, the Walt Disney World Resort 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, due to the ongoing impact Hurricane Ian has had on the area.

Disney states,

“We continue to closely monitor weather conditions as we assess the impact of Hurricane Ian on our property. While the theme parks and many operating areas remain closed to guests today, we anticipate weather conditions to improve this evening. Walt Disney World Resort will resume its theme park and Disney Springs operations in a phased approach starting on Friday, September 30.

This news was preceded by our discovery that all Theme Park Reservations and new Resort Hotel availability had been removed from the Walt Disney World website for Friday, September 30, and the previous weather update, which said that Disney World Resort hotels would not be accepting any new check-ins today.

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Disney World’s more at-risk areas, like the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, were evacuated before Ian made its pass through the area. Flooding and wind damage. Guests have been sheltering in place since Tuesday night as Cast Members–working a special volunteer shift–kept them safe and dry. Some of the smallest of Guests even had a special night with some of their favorite characters.

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At this time, Orlando International Airport remains closed, with flood waters cutting off all roads in or out. Port Canaveral remains closed, and Disney Cruise Line’s voyage set to depart Friday aboard the Disney Wish has been canceled. It remains the only Disney cruise out of Port Canaveral and Miami to be officially canceled at the time of this article’s publication.

We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on Hurricane Ian’s impact on Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line as more developments continue to come to light.

About T.K. Bosacki

TK is a writer and editor based in Tampa, FL with a passion for all things Disney, and adventure.