Walt Disney World Will Re-Open on September 12th After Hurricane Irma

Magic Kingdom Entrance Sign
Credit: Disney Dining

Hurricane Irma has been lingering around Florida over the last few days, bringing high speed winds, rain and flooding with it.  There were many residents that fled to Walt Disney World to ride out the storm in the hopes that they would be safer and wouldn’t be without power and necessary supplies.  The hurricane shifted in a direction that brought and even more intense storm to the Central Florida area.  Miraculously, we are hearing reports that there doesn’t appear to be a lot of major damage as a result of Hurricane Irma.  We have seen pictures of down trees as well as various debris and trash cans scattered around the property.

It has been confirmed that the four major theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom) and Disney Springs will re-open tomorrow, September 12th as planned.  The resort and theme park transportation will also resume to normal operation. The water parks (Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach) will remain closed until sometime later in the week.  Fort Wilderness Resort and the Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs will also remain closed until sometime later in the week, too.

The airports in Orlando are also expected to start resuming flights tomorrow, so guests will start to be able to get in and out of Orlando via airplane very soon.

We will keep you posted as we learn more about the remaining closures and when we get confirmed re-opening plans.

About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!