Hurricane Ian Takes Aim At Carolinas — Disney Beach Resort Shuts Down

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Hurricane Ian has made its way through the state of Florida — leaving a massive trail of destruction in its wake — and is now making its way through Georgia and the Carolinas. While Hurricane Ian absolutely destroyed so much of Florida’s west coast, central Florida — where Walt Disney World Resort is located — saw only minor damage and some flooding. Disney World is open once again, but now another popular Disney Resort is being forced to close and telling Guests that are there to shelter in place.

Hurricane Ian damage

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Disney’s Hilton Head Resort, located in Hilton Head, South Carolina, is currently right in Hurricane Ian’s path. In preparation for the incoming storm, Disney’s Hilton Head Resort has announced that it will be closing and Guests heading to the Resort will be unable to check in on both September 30 and October 1. All restaurants will also be closed, and all activities suspended.

Disney's Hilton Head

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Disney’s Hilton Head Resort posted the following message on its website:

As we continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Ian, we are preparing for necessary operational adjustments based on the latest information from the National Weather Service:

  • Beginning Friday, Sept. 30, all resort amenities at Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort will be unavailable as we plan to shelter indoors. Resort restaurants will be closed, and Cast Members will not be able to deliver food while the shelter indoors guidance is in place. Please be prepared with enough food and water to last the duration of the storm.
  • For the safety of our Guests and Cast Members, we are not able to accept any incoming arrivals at Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort on Saturday, Oct. 1. Please feel free to reschedule your trip or cancel your stay with us; any cancellation fees will be waived.
Disney's Hilton Head

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While Hurricane Ian had been downgraded to Tropical Storm Ian, it has since regained strength and is expected to hit the area as a Category 1 storm as it continues north. Disney encourages all Guests with upcoming Hilton Head reservations to call and reschedule their trip if possible.

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!