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Disney Reverses Course, Will NOT Close Due to Tropical Storm Nicole

Earlier this morning, it was reported that Walt Disney World had announced several closures ahead of Subtropical Storm Nicole’s projected timeline of hitting the state. Tropical Storm Nicole — which was upgraded from a subtropical storm to a tropical storm on Tuesday — is on a path that would have it hit Florida’s East Coast on Wednesday, impacting Central Florida as early as Thursday. It is also predicted that Nicole may grow to hurricane strength before hitting the Sunshine State — which is still cleaning up after Hurricane Ian decimated the area in late September.

However, it now looks like Disney is reversing its decision.

Tropical storm nicole

Credit: National Hurricane Center

This morning, Disney World’s website read:

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

For the safety of our Guests and Cast Members, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Copper Creek Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa and the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort will be closed Wednesday, November 9 through Friday, November 11. We are contacting Guests with current and upcoming reservations impacted by this change. 

Guests may reschedule their trip or cancel their stay with us; any cancellation fees will be waived.

Dining

Performances of Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue have been cancelled for Wednesday, November 9 through Friday, November 11 in light of the temporary closure of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Guests with pre-paid reservations will be automatically cancelled and refunded.

Hoop Dee Doo

Credit: Disney Photo Snapper

However, just before 10 a.m., Disney updated the Resort’s website. All mentions of Resort hotels and dining closures were removed — with only miniature golf courses and water parks being mentioned. The Walt Disney World Resort website now reads:

Walt Disney World Resort is currently operating under normal conditions. We are continuing to closely monitor Subtropical Storm Nicole and are making necessary operational adjustments to maintain the safety of our Guests and Cast Members.

Walt Disney World Theme Parks and Water Parks

Walt Disney World Theme Parks are currently operating under normal conditions. Please continue to monitor news outlets for the latest weather information.

Walt Disney World Water Parks and Miniature Golf locations are temporarily closed on Thursday, November 10:

  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park (Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park is currently closed for the season.)
  • Winter Summerland Miniature Golf
  • Fantasia Gardens
  • Fairways Miniature Golf
Typhoon Lagoon

Credit: Disney

Disney had also stopped the ability of Guests to make theme park reservations for November 10 and November 11, and it looks like that has remained in place. Based on the website’s availability calendar, November 10 and November 11 remained blacked out, with Disney saying that there are no reservations available at this time.

Disney World Reservations

Credit: Screenshot Disney World Website

Disney is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Nicole and will announce theme park and dining closures as it deems necessary.

Disney Dining will keep readers updated, as this is an ever-changing situation.

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!