Hurricane Ian Set to Make Landfall, Still Locked on Disney World Area

Hurricane Disney World

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

Published: 9/27/22 11:26 pm EDT
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 – 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


Disney World Weather Update Tomorrow Morning

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has released its 11:00 pm update, and Hurricane Ian has retained its strength and 120 mph winds. The Category 3 Hurricane is set to make landfall on the Florida Peninsula tomorrow, with the center of the storm expected to be over Central Florida.

The advisory states, in part,

“At 1100 PM EDT (0300 UTC), the center of Hurricane Ian was located near latitude 24.9 North, longitude 82.9 West. Ian is moving toward the north-northeast near 10 mph (17 km/h). This general motion with a reduction in forward speed is forecast tonight and Wednesday, followed by a turn toward the north on Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of Ian is expected to pass west of the Florida Keys within the next few hours, and approach the west coast of Florida within the hurricane warning area on Wednesday. The center of Ian is forecast to move over central Florida Wednesday night and Thursday morning and emerge over the western Atlantic by late Thursday.”

Click here to read the full advisory. 

While Hurricane Ian is expected to hit the Florida coast as a major hurricane, it is expected to weaken quickly, deteriorating from a major hurricane to a tropical storm from Wednesday night through Thursday as it passes through Central Florida, the home of Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and the Orlando Metro Area.

The track also appears to have moved further east, putting a greater possible effect on Disney Cruise Line’s homeport at Port Canaveral. We recently shared that due to the latest reports, Disney Wish will not return to port for disembarkation as scheduled. It will stay out to sea, away from the storm, until Saturday or even Sunday. Unfortunately, this means that the cruise, which was supposed to begin on Friday, is now canceled. Click our link below to read more about that.

Disney Cruise Line Hurricane

Read More: Hurricane Ian Keeps Disney Cruise Ship Out at Sea, Cancels Friday Sailing

Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks and Water Parks also remain closed through Thursday, offering Guests with partially used multi-day tickets an extension, as well as other cancelation exceptions for certain experiences. Transportation systems also ended tonight. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is also canceled.

As we previously reported, Orlando International Airport will still be closed to all non-emergency air traffic at 10:30 am tomorrow.

Torrential rain and hurricane-force winds should be expected in the area beginning tomorrow morning, as well as the start of torrential rains that bring risks of flooding and tornadoes. But if you are in a Disney World Resort Hotel, you are safe.

The storm is expected to pass on Friday. Please stay safe, everyone.

We will continue to update our readers on Hurricane Ian as it begins its final approach through Florida 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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