Disney Guest Shares Evacuation Chaos Before Hurricane Ian

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All Images Credit Amber_Rose TikTok

Hurricane Ian is currently battering the state of Florida with flash flooding, storm surges, and winds of more than 100 miles per hour. Hurricane Ian hit the Sunshine State as a Category 4 storm, but has since been downgraded to a Category 3. However, there is still a lot of damage that can be done before it leaves the state and makes its way up the coast.

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In preparation for Hurricane Ian, Walt Disney World Resort announced that several Resort hotel areas would be closing — the Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs, Copper Creek Cabins at Wilderness Lodge, the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and the Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness. Disney reached out to Guests who were scheduled to arrive at those Resort areas during Hurricane Ian and told them that their reservations had been canceled.

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But what if you were already at one of the hotels when Disney announced that they were closing them? Well, one TikToker documented everything that her family went through — and the chaos that others went through as well — as they moved from Fort Wilderness to Disney’s Art of Animation.

According to TikToker Amber_Rose (@magicalrvrunner) shared that her family had brought their RVs to Fort Wilderness and, while they were there, they were informed that the campsites would be closing, and they would have to move to a different hotel. In the first video, she shows the notice that was posted, saying that everyone had received the same note.


We trust @Disney Parks to make the best decisions. #rvlife #hurricaneian #hurricaneian #disneyresorts #fortwilderness #fortwildernesscampground #hurricaneiantrack #hurricaneian2022 #disneyworld #rvtiktok

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From there, Amber — and everyone else staying on the campground — went to the concierge to see where they could stay and what their options were.


#hurricaneian #fortwilderness #fortwildernesscampground #hurricaneian2022 #rvlife #rvtok #camperlife #campers #disney #waltdisneyworld #rundisney

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Amber and her family then had to take their RVs to the Magic Kingdom Parking lot, as that is where Disney had informed them all the RVs were being kept during the Hurricane and shutdown.


Ursula lot nonetheless… #hurricaneian #hurricanianflorida #rvtiktok #rvliving #camperlife #keystonebullet #fortwilderness #fortwildernesscampground #disneyworldresorts

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In a final video, Amber shared that since her family was larger, they were sent to Disney’s Art of Animation, and smaller families had the option to stay at Port Orleans. However, as the storm shifted and gained strength, Amber and her family decided to leave Disney World altogether. She filmed the check-in desk at Art of Animation and the line was massive, with Guests checking in and Guests checking out.


We knew we were safe in a Disney resort, but we also knew had time to get out of FL and try to save our vehicles/RV. #hurricaneian #hurricaneianprep #hurricaneflorida #hurricaneseason #fortwildernessdisney #fortwildernesscampground #artofanimationresort #artofanimation #disneyresorts #rvtok #rvtiktok #camperlife

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For Guests staying that the hotels, Disney is selling hurricane meal kits, so Guests do not have to worry about leaving their rooms when the storm gets really bad. At this time, all Disney Parks will be closed until the morning of September 30.

Disney Dining will update readers if Disney changes its reopening schedule.

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!