Hurricane Ian Now Category 2, Could Still Hit Disney World

Hurricane Disney World

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

Published: 9/26/22 5:30 pm EDT
Previous Update: 9/26/22 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


The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has released its 5:00 pm full advisory on the progress of Hurricane Ian. Sustained winds are nearing 100 mph, it is officially a Category 2 hurricane, and landfall appears closer to Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and the rest of Central Florida.

The advisory states,

“At 500 PM EDT (2100 UTC), the center of Hurricane Ian was located near latitude 20.3 North, longitude 83.2 West. Ian is moving toward the north-northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h). A turn toward the north with a slightly slower forward speed is expected on Tuesday. A turn toward the north-northeast with a further reduction in forward speed is forecast on Wednesday… Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 100 mph (155 km/h) with higher gusts. Rapid strengthening is expected during the next day or so, and Ian is forecast to become a major hurricane tonight or early Tuesday”

Hurricane Warnings are now in effect for Florida’s central west coast, while a tropical storm watch remains in effect for Walt Disney World Resort and the rest of Orange and Osceola Counties. Hurricane Ian is still expected to grow into a Category 4, and remain a major hurricane system through Thursday morning before reducing to a Category 1 by the time it makes landfall.

hurricane ian 5pm update

Credit: NHC

Confidence builds in the fact that this system will bring a lot of rain to Central Florida, and it appears that the forecast is predicting up to a foot of rain to fall by the end of this week. The worst of the storm is still expected to arrive in Central Florida by Tuesday night and last through Wednesday and Thursday.

The Walt Disney World Resort maintains plans to remain open throughout the week but will continue to watch the weather, prepared to make a game-time decision. Earlier today, we also reported that Disney World Resort Hotel availability had been cut off. There is still no official word from Disney Cruise Line regarding any operational changes.

Orlando International Airport also issued an advisory today, reminding its travelers that the airlines are the ones who cancel the flights at this point and to stay up to date with their specific itineraries.

If you are in a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, you are in one of the safest places to be during a hurricane. If you are staying off property, we advise you to finalize a plan quickly and prepare for Tropical Storm conditions.

We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on Hurricane Ian as it appears to affect Central Florida and the Theme Park Capital as more developments come to light.

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About T.K. Bosacki

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, TK Bosacki is a professional writer, amateur adventurer, and lifelong Disney Fanatic. His Disney Park days include Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Nomad Lounge. He believes in starting at the Canada pavilion (IYKYK), and the Monorail is superior to all Ferry Boats.

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