Tropical Weather Update: Path Moves Slightly West, Cape Canaveral Begins Preparations

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

Published: 9/24/22 11:25 am EDT
Previous Updates: 9/24/22
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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
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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
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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 just issued its 11:00 am advisory, which shows slight but potentially significant changes to Tropical Storm Ian’s effect on Central Flordia.

Ian is still cruising at 15mph with 45mph sustained winds with gusts up to 50mph and has still yet to make its turn north. This delay appears to have shifted the track–and more importantly, its landing zone–further north along Florida’s West Coast, putting the center of the “Cone of Uncertainty” directly north of Tampa Bay.

Tropical Storm Ian is still expected to reach Category 3 strength as it enters the Gulf of Mexico by way to Western Cuba but will be on the cusp of a Category 2 by the time it makes landfall on Thursday morning.

The National Hurricane Center still expects the storm to make a turn north this weekend and then continue on a path that is becoming evermore North-Northwest than West-Northwest. Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, and the entirety of Central Florida remain within the Cone of Uncertainty, and vacationers and residents alike should still remain on high alert and prepared for a storm with winds between 110 and 120 mph.

Disney Cruise Line passengers should also remain on alert for cancelations and itinerary changes. Before NHC’s latest advisory was released, NASA announced that it was scrubbing the launch attempt of its moon rocket, Artemis I, at Kennedy Space Center, which is in close proximity to Disney Cruise Line’s homeport at Port Canaveral. South Florida and the Florida Keys are also expected to get multiple inches of rain and heavy winds within the next few days. It should be noted that unless Disney Cruise Line informs one individually, all unprotected reservations are non-refundable if a cancellation occurs within 14 days of scheduled departure.

Tropical Storm Ian update

Credit: NHC

While the storm is not projected to make landfall until Thursday, the storm’s effects and the weather are expected to still arrive in Central Florida by Wednesday with high winds and flood warnings.

We at Disney Fanatic want to reiterate that all Guests at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel will be kept safe, fed, dry, and comfortable throughout this event. Special bits of magic like Character meet n’ greets in hotel lobbies have been known to happen in the past to keep Guests’ spirits high as the storm rages on. Still, please be sure to stay in contact with Disney or your authorized Disney Vacation Planner, as well as any airlines for the most up-to-date information regarding this storm.

At the time of this article’s publication, there has still been no official word from Walt Disney World or Disney Cruise Line regarding any change in operation due to Tropical Storm Ian.

We will continue to update our readers on this storm 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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