Disney Park Passes Continue to be Blocked as Tropical Storm Nicole is Expected to be Upgraded to a Hurricane

Tropical a storm Nicole
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As Tropical Storm Nicole gains strength, Florida stands ready for impact. Central Florida is right in the storm’s path. The storm, which was upgraded from a Subtropical Storm to a Tropical Storm yesterday afternoon, is expected to make landfall on Florida’s east coast in Brevard County late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning and move west toward Orlando. The storm is expected to be upgraded to a hurricane sometime today before it makes landfall.

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Curious about what the difference is? So were we. According to the National Weather Service, “A subtropical storm typically has a large, cloud-free center of circulation, with very heavy thunderstorm activity in a band removed at least 100 miles from the center.” The National Hurricane Center defines a tropical storm as a “tropical cyclone that has maximum sustained surface winds ranging from 39-73 mph (34 to 63 knots).” and a hurricane as “a tropical cyclone that has maximum sustained surface winds of 74 mph or greater (64 knots or greater).”

Volcano Bay

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Currently, only Universal Orlando has announced closures ahead of the storm. Universal’s Volcano Bay water park is closed today and expected to remain closed tomorrow (though no announcement has been made yet). The rest of Universal Orlando Resort remains open.

Disney World Reservations

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Disney World previously announced the closure of its Fort Wilderness Campground but reversed course on the decision. They have, however, continued to block new park pass reservations for Wednesday and Thursday (November 9 and 10).

Though the storm is expected to be upgraded to a hurricane, experts do not predict it will have the strength of impact that Hurricane Ian did. However, this is an ongoing situation and storms like Nicole are often unpredictable. We are monitoring the situation closely and will keep you updated with any new developments, including updates on closures at Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World.

About Jill Bivins

Jill Bivins has been visiting Disney Parks since she was 2 years old and loves sharing her Disney adventures with the world. She likes to say Disney is in her blood and writing is in her bones โ€” so any time she has the opportunity to combine these loves she is one happy camper! She has a deep abiding love for Epcot and as a die hard Star Wars fan has a serious love for Hollywood Studios as well. When she isn't exploring or writing about Disney Parks, Jill is homeschooling her 8 year old son, playing with her brand new baby son, or pretending to be a farmer on her family homestead (despite being unable to keep even a cactus alive). Find Jill on Instagram @minnieonmain.