It has been an intense couple of days here in Orlando with Hurricane Ian, but after surveying the property, Walt Disney World has decided to reopen its parks, Disney Springs, and more starting tomorrow, September 30, 2022.
Park Hours and More at WDW
The latest park hours from the official website are as follows:
- Opening: 8am for Early Theme Park Entry for Guests; 10am for all Guests
- Close: 6pm
- “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween”
Ticket-Holder Entry: 4pm
Event Hours: 7pm to 12am
- Opening: 9am for Early Theme Park Entry for Guests; 11am for all Guests
- Close: 9pm
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Opening: 10am for Early Theme Park Entry for Guests; 12pm for all Guests
- Close: 9pm
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Opening: 11am for Early Theme Park Entry for Guests; 1pm for all Guests
- Close: 7pm
- Hours: 10am to 11:30pm
- “Drawn to Life” presented by Cirque du Soleil & Disney
Schedule Change: The 5:30pm show on Friday, Sept. 30 will be rescheduled to begin at 8pm. Future performances will be on schedule.
- New Walt Disney World resort hotel reservations are suspended through October 2nd. New reservations will be available on October 3rd, and beyond.
It’s interesting to note that resort guests are getting two hours to enjoy the Early Theme Park Entry benefit.
Damage On Property at WDW
Walt Disney World hasn’t listed any damage on property, but some guests have posted on social media.
Here are some photos Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort:
Credit: kristennichols on Instagram pic.twitter.com/aBn6wTvDuo
— Disney Food Blog (@DisneyFoodBlog) September 29, 2022
And from the lower lobby of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge:
— WDW News Today (@WDWNT) September 29, 2022
Since the theme parks are mostly enclosed, I don’t think we’ll see photos of the worst of the damage, but some photos of residual damage may hit social media once the parks open.
Cast Members Going Above and Beyond
During Hurricane Ian, guests already checked-in to the Disney resorts were asked to shelter in place. A big shout-out to all of the cast members that rode out the storm with Guests.
Extra applause to these costumed characters who helped keep the Guests, including children, calm during a very scary time.
How cute is this??? #ChipandDale along with #Goofy and #Max are watching movies with kids staying at #Disney's #AllStarSports during #HurricaneIan… Big thanks to the character #castmembers keeping the kids calm. ??????? https://t.co/vK4XqWWdC1
— Michelle Snow (@zengrrl) September 29, 2022
— Monorail Supply Co (@MonorailSplyCo) September 29, 2022
— Monorail Supply Co (@MonorailSplyCo) September 28, 2022
If you do visit Walt Disney World this weekend, or even next week, please remember the cast members have just been through a really scary event and are probably dealing with a lot of personal issues related to Hurricane Ian. Be patient, and please be kind when visiting!
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