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Disney World remains open as Hurricane Ian approaches Florida

The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando remained open Tuesday as Hurricane Ian approached along Florida’s west coast – although some surrounding Disney properties are set to close temporarily.

The company said in a statement that its theme parks and Disney Springs shopping area are “currently operating under normal conditions” even as it prepares to make necessary adjustments based on weather data.

Among the other properties Disney says will be closed September 28-30:

  • Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Performances of Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue were also canceled from September 28-30; customers with prepaid reservations will be automatically canceled and refunded.
  • Copper Creek Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • The bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser complex will also be closed until September 30.

Two other properties will be closed from September 28 to 29:

  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon
  • Miniature Golf Winter Summerland
  • Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf

Disney said it is contacting customers with current and upcoming reservations since those locations will be closing. It also does not enforce cancellation policies for dining and other experiences like Savi’s Workshop and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

According to Disney’s hurricane policy, if a hurricane warning is issued by the National Hurricane Center for the Orlando area within seven days of a guest’s scheduled arrival date, the guest may call in advance to reschedule or cancel Walt Disney Travel Company Disney Resort hotel packages and most room-only reservations without cancellation or change fees imposed by Disney.

The policy does not apply if their stay was not booked through Walt Disney Travel Company.

According to travel blog The Points Guy, much of Disney World, including the famous Cinderella Castle, is built to withstand hurricanes, and it’s common for Floridians exposed to a hurricane elsewhere in the state to weather the storm. storm in the park.

Since it opened in 1971, Disney World has only been forced to close eight times by hurricanes, according to the unofficial Disney blog Inside The Magic. The most recent closure was in 2019 as Hurricane Dorian approached.

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