UPDATE: Shortly after Disney announced closures, it reversed its decision. Check out the latest update here.
Ahead of Subtropical Storm Nicole Disney is taking precautions to keep Guests safe. The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane watch for eastern and central Florida. We expect a hurricane warning to be forthcoming. The storm is expected to shift toward central Florida and make landfall on Florida’s east coast in Brevard County late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning and move west toward Orlando. Tropical storm conditions are expected, including heavy rain and gusty wind, as Tropical Storm Nicole makes her way across the east coast and central Florida. As a result, operations at Walt Disney World have been altered to prepare.
On their website this morning, Disney announced, “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.” This is standard procedure for Disney ahead of a hurricane or tropical storm. Similar precautions were made before Hurricane Ian made landfall.
Hoop de Doo diner show performances at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground have also been canceled for Wednesday, November 9- Friday, November 11, 2022. Disney has stated that Guests with prepaid reservations during this time will be automatically refunded. Guests do not need to do anything on their part to receive their refund.
Additionally, in an abundance of caution, Disney has blocked out Park pass reservations for Wednesday and Thursday. This applies to day ticket and Resort Guests as well as Annual Passholders. This implies that Disney may expect a closure due to the storm. As of now, however, their website states that the Theme Parks are operating normally. Unless there is a closure, Guests with existing Park Passes should still be able to visit. This is a developing situation, however, and things have the potential to change quickly. As always, we will keep you updated as soon as new information becomes available.
It has only been a few weeks since Hurricane Ian rocked Tampa Bay with its record-breaking storm surge. It is not clear yet whether Tropical Storm Nicole will become a hurricane but the east coast stands primed for the possibility. South Carolina also stands ready for the impact, and we will be monitoring conditions at Disney’s Hilton Head Resort for any closures. We are monitoring the national weather service and the national hurricane center for updates.