Tropical Storm Ian Forms, Category 2 Hurricane Now Expected to Reach Disney World Area

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

Published: 9/23/22 11:13 pm EDT
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 – 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
Update: 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


Tropical Depression Nine has officially evolved into Tropical Storm Ian, and the latest tracks from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) show it potentially hitting Central Florida with the strength of a Category 2 Hurricane.

While the storm still has a long way to go before it comes close to the Sunshine State, the NHC records 40 mph winds sustained with hurricane-level conditions hitting the Cayman Islands by Monday. A Hurricane Watch is not in effect there. Again, all immanent Disney Cruise Line passengers should expect to hear word from Disney regarding your individual sailings.

Forecasts still predict Ian to become a Category 3 Hurricane in the warm waters between the Florida Keys and Cuba before making landfall on the peninsula.

According to WESH2, people staying at Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, or anywhere else in the surrounding area should prepare to brave our the worst of the weather on Wednesday with a high chance that finds will be picking up by Tuesday. We at Disney Fanatic would like to reiterate to our readers that a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel is one of–if not the–safest place to brave any storm.

This advisory follows the news that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a State of Emergency for several counties, including Osceola County, which partially holds Disney World Property, and Orlando International Airport has begun instituting pre-storm protocols with airlines expected to make their own statements regarding the storm soon.

We at Disney Fanatic will also continue to keep an eye on Disney Cruise Line–which sails out of Port Canaveral and Miami–and Walt Disney World Resort for any public statements regarding the storm, including any announcements involving Park closures and cruise cancellations.

Tropical Storm Ian

Credit: NHC

We will also continue to update our readers as more details of how this storm will affect the Theme Park Capital of the World come to light. The most important thing is to remain calm. Hurricanes, at the end of the day, are masses of wind and rain, and we should expect the storm to be clear of the state by next weekend.

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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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