Hurricane Disney World

Going to Disney World Next Week? Might Want to Start Watching the Weather

Latest Update: 9/30/22 8:57 pm EDT – Disney World Theme Parks Return to Normal Operation Saturday

Published: 9/22/22 8:12 pm EDT
Previous Updates: 9/23/22
9:10 am EDT – Hurricane Likely to Form, Head for Florida
11:42 am EDT – Hurricane Likely to Hit Florida as Category 3
5:15 pm EDT – DeSantis Declares State of Emergency, MCO Issues Update for Travelers
11:13 pm EDT – Tropical Storm Ian Forms, Category 2 Hurricane Now Expected to Reach Disney World Area
Previous Updates: 9/24/22

9:37 am EDT – Tropical Storm Ian Grows, Disney World County Starts Storm Prep
11:25 am EDT – Path Moves Slightly West, Cape Canaveral Begins Preparations
5:22 pm EDT – Ian to Become Category 4 Hurricane, DeSantis Expands State of Emergency
11:26 pm EDT – Ian to Become Hurricane Sunday, Biden Cancels Disney World Visit
Previous Updates: 9/25/22
8:45 am EDT – Ian Still Tropical Storm, Still Moving West
11:45 am EDT – Path to Panhandle Narrows, Disney World Still at Risk
5:41 pm EDT – TS Ian Still Low and Slow, But Some Tracks Stay Over Disney World
11:33 pm EDT – Topical Storm Ian Building Strength, Turning Closer to Disney World
Previous Updates: 9/26/22
9:00 am EDT – Hurricane Ian Forms in Caribbean – Disney World Weekly Forecast
11:39 am EDT – Ian Strengthens, Disney World Under Tropical Storm Watch
5:34 pm EDT – Hurricane Ian Now Category 2, Could Still Hit Disney World
11:25 pm EDT – Ian Expected to Become Major Hurricane, Disney Theme Parks Still Opening
Previous Updates: 9/27/22
8:45 am EDT – Ian Now a Category 3, Disney World Still Open Today
11:34 am EDT – Ian Still Cat 3, Disney World Under Hurricane Watch
5:43 pm EDT – Hurricane Ian Eyes Orlando, Disney World Confirms Multi-Day Park Closure
11:27 pm EDT – Hurricane Ian Set to Make Landfall, Still Locked on Disney World Area
Previous Updates: 9/28/22
8:43 am EDT – Hurricane Ian Nearing Cat 5 Strength – Disney World Weather Update
12:38 pm EDT – Disney World Guests Hunker Down as Hurricane Ian Makes Landfall
6:02 pm EDT – Hurricane Ian Makes Landfall, Passing Through Disney World Area Tonight
11:30 pm EDT – Storm Center Moves into Disney World County
Previous Updates: 9/29/22
9:03 am EDT – VIDEO: Record Flooding Hits Central Florida — Disney World Status Update
12:20 pm EDT – Ian Leaving Florida, But Storm Still Rages in Orlando Area
7:10 pm EDT – Disney World, Disney Cruise Line Assess Damage Reopening Plans
Previous Updates: 9/30/22
8:47 am EDT –
Storm has Passed – Disney World, Universal, MCO Begin Reopening
12:34 pm EDT – Post-Storm Update: Crowds Return to Parks, Disney World Weekend Weather Forecast


Meteorologists are expecting a currently-unnamed and unformed storm will evolve into a hurricane and enter the Gulf of Mexico by early next week, possibly putting Florida in its sights.

According to WESH2 Meteorologist Eric Burris, “Both the GFS and the Euro models bring a hurricane into the Gulf; Exact paths will be working out run to run over the next few days- but we’ll for sure need to be watching things!”

If the storm, currently identified as Invest98, intensifies, it will become known as Tropical Storm Hermine. It is currently sitting just above Venezuela, and extended spaghetti models are showing that it could have an effect on The Sunshine State sometime in the middle or latter end of next week. However, it should be noted that there are still a lot of unknowns, including how much more this tropical depression is actually going to develop.

Related: Tropical Storm Gaston Forms in Atlantic

Hurricanes are common occurrences of rain and wind this time of year in Florida. The Walt Disney World Resort is built to weather any level of storm, and its Cast Members are more than ready to take care of any Guests that may find themselves stuck in their Resort hotels during this time.

It is also unclear how this storm will affect Disney Cruise Line adventures sailing out of Port Canaveral and Miami. We at Disney Fanatic recently shared that Hurricane Fiona had caused an Eastern Caribbean cruise to change into a Western Caribbean Cruise last minute.

Disney Cruise Line Hurricane Fiona

Read More: Disney Cruise Line Improvised Caribbean Itinerary Around Category 4 Hurricane

We at Disney Fanatic will continue to stay up-to-date with the storm and how it can or will affect Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line vacations as more developments come in over the coming days. Would-be Guests and Passengers should also keep an eye on their emails for any updates concerning their specific trips.

About T.K. Bosacki

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