Walt Disney World Asks Hotel Guests to Shelter In Place for Duration of Hurricane Ian

Late Tuesday Walt Disney World asked all resort guests who remain at the properties to shelter in place for the duration of the impact of Hurricane Ian. The storm is expected to inhibit the Walt Disney World area more severely beginning Wednesday evening and into the early hours of Thursday morning.

“For the safety of our Guests and Cast Members, all Guests including our Disney Vacation Club Members must check in to our resorts on Sept. 28, by 3 p.m. Guests may reschedule their trip or cancel their stay with us; any customary cancellation fees will be waived. Check in will not be accepted on Thurs Sept 29.,” reads a statement posted to the resort’s weather updates page.

“Guests that are checked in by 3 p.m. Wednesday will be asked to shelter in place at their resort for the duration of the storm,” it continues.


Additionally, in the same statement, the resort recommended guests eat nicely at the parks prior to the hit of the storm as food options may not be as colorful at the hotels.

“Guests are strongly encouraged to enjoy food and beverage offerings at the parks and Disney Springs before returning to their Resort hotels. Dining options for Guests staying in our Resort hotels will vary, and in some cases may be very limited.”

Here are some additional announcements that were also listed within the statement:

Characters will not be available in character dining locations on Wednesday and Thursday

The Grand Floridian Spa will close at noon Wednesday, Sept. 28.

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 temporarily close Wednesday, Sept. 28 through Friday, Sept. 30 due to the weather. We are contacting Guests with current and upcoming reservations.

If you are in the Central Florida area and may be impacted by Hurricane Ian–how are you planning to ride out the storm? Let us know in the comments! 

Sean Sposato

Sean Sposato

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