Ian Update: Path to Panhandle Narrows, Disney World Still at Risk

Hurricane Disney World

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

Published: 9/25/22 11:44 am EDT
Previous Updates: 9/25/22
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 – Hurricane 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


The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has released its 11:00 am advisory update. Tropical Storm Ian continues to list left, but Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and the rest of Central Florida remain in the “Cone of Uncertainty.”

According to the NHC,

“Ian is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 mph (22 km/h). A turn toward the northwest at a similar forward speed is expected later today, followed by a north-northwestward motion on Monday and a northward motion on Tuesday with a slightly slower forward speed…Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Rapid strengthening is forecast to begin later today or tonight. Ian is expected to become a hurricane tonight or early Monday and reach major hurricane strength Monday night or early Tuesday before it reaches western Cuba.”

Topical Storm Ian is still expected to reach the strength of a Category 4 once it enters the Gulf of Mexico, and is still expected to weaken when it becomes parallel with the Theme Park Capital, and eventually making landfall on the eastern end of the Panhandle on Friday morning. The Cayman Islands remain under a Hurricane Warning.

While there is still a lot of uncertainty about where Ian will go, the consistency between the 11:00 am full advisory, and 8:00 am intermediate advisory shows that we are slowly gaining confidence in where precisely we can expect this storm to go this week.

It should be noted that there are still European models that predict the storm will turn east sooner, so the exact impact this storm will have on the area is still unclear. All Guests should be expecting intense storm conditions beginning Tuesday or Wednesday. A State of Emergency remains in effect for the entire state.

Tropical Storm Ian Update

Credit: NHC

At the time of this publication, neither Walt Disney World nor Disney Cruise Line has issued official statements regarding any operational changes due to this storm. We want to reiterate that Walt Disney World Resort Hotels are some of the safest places to hold out a storm. In fact, scores of Florida residents will most likely be making last-minute reservations as part of their evacuation plans–this writer speaks from personal experience during Hurricane Charley.

We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on Tropical Storm Ian and how it can affect your Disney World and Disney Cruise Line vacation as more developments continue to 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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