Tropical Storm Ian Grows, Disney World County Starts Storm Prep

Hurricane Disney World

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

Published: 9/24/22 9:36 am EDT
Previous Updates: 9/24/22
11:25 am EDT – Tropical Weather Update: 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 – Update: Ian Still Tropical Storm, Still Moving West
11:45 am EDT – Ian Update: 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
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 Hurrican Center issued an intermediate advisory at 8:00 am EDT this morning showing Tropical Storm Ian has gown by also apparently slowed.

The storm appears to be moving West/Southwest at about 15 mph, with its windspeed increasing to 45 mph sustained. The Cayman Islands remain under a hurricane watch, and South Florida and the Florida Keys could start seeing heavy rains as early as Monday. It is still expected to develop into a Category 3 hurricane by Wednesday in the Gulf of Mexico before weakening slightly as it makes its way inland.

But it appears that the storm is not expected to be in the vicinity of Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, and the rest of South Florida by this coming Thursday, with Tropical Storm-force winds currently expecting to precede it on Wednesday morning. The general vicinity of the Theme Park Capital appears to be in the middle of the “Cone of Uncertainty.” Previous reports had the storm making landfall earlier on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Orange County, where a majority of Walt Disney World Resort is located, has begun official storm preparations, announcing that the Office of Emergency Management is monitoring the storm and opening a free sandbag program for residents looking to keep their homes dry in the event of heavy rains and potential flooding. The other Disney World district, Osceola County, was one of the counties included in Governor Ron DeSantis’ State of Emergency issued yesterday.

Over on the Space Coast, speculation rises regarding NASA’s plans with the scheduled Artemis 1 launch, which could further hint at the developing situations with Disney Cruise Line operations at nearby Port Canaveral. While preparations are underway, it is still too early to tell just what kind of impacts Central Florida can expect. All would-be vacationers going to Walt Disney World Resort or a Disney Cruise Line ship at either Port Canaveral or Port of Miami should continue to monitor email and other forms of contact regarding reservations as well as any flights that may be involved for any weather-related updates in the days ahead.

It should be noted, again, that Walt Disney World Resort’s Theme Park and Resort Hotels are built to the highest quality of durability and protection, and its Cast Members are trained to assist all Guests in any hurricane situation. There are few places safer to be in Florida during a hurricane than the Walt Disney World Resort.

We at Disney Fanatic will continue to monitor Tropical Storm Ian 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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