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Disney Fanatic is continuing to keep a close eye on news from Florida and Walt Disney World Resort regarding the tropical storm.

Ian Leaving Florida, But Storm Still Rages in Orlando Area

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

Published: 9/29/22 12:20 pm EDT
Previous Update: 9/29/22 7:10 pm EDT – Storm Update: 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

 

The storm center of Hurricane–now Tropical Storm–Ian has finished its crossing of the Florida Peninsula and is now in the Atlantic North East of Disney Cruise Line’s homeport, Port Canaveral. But the storm is far from over for the people in Central Florida, including the Walt Disney World Resort Area.

According to the National Hurricane Center’s 11:00 am advisory,

“At 1100 AM EDT (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Ian was located near latitude 28.7 North, longitude 80.4 West. Ian is moving toward the north-northeast near 9 mph (15 km/h). A turn toward the north is expected late today, followed by a turn toward the north-northwest with an increase in forward speed Friday night…Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts.”

Hurricane Ian Update

Credit: NHC

But Disney World Guests and Central Florida Residents are not out of the woods yet. Tropical Storm conditions persist throughout the area and most of the Florida peninsula.

According to WESH2 meteorologist Eric Burris, winds were recently reported still near hurricane caliber. Bands from the massive, slow-moving storm continue to dump rain on the already-flooded area as well.

Many in Orange County and the surrounding area are still without power, and rescue teams are already deployed to several areas.

Meanwhile, at the Walt Disney World Resort, Guests sheltering in place report that they still have power and they are staying dry. 

Reports are coming in from individual Guests who spoke to Cast Members who claim that Walt Disney World Theme Parks will be expanding its closure through Friday, September 30. But there is still no official confirmation of that from Disney at this time.

The Mega-Resort released a statement shortly before this article’s publication, saying, 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.”

Read More: Official Update From Disney Regarding Hurricane Ian

We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on Hurricane Ian’s effect on the Walt Disney World Resort Area as more developments come to light.

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About T.K. Bosacki

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