Walt Disney World to Reopen In Phases After Hurricane Ian Starting Sept 30, 2022 .. #HurricaneIan #WaltDisneyWorld

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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.

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Park Hours and More at WDW

The latest park hours from the official website are as follows:

Magic Kingdom

  • 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

EPCOT

  • 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

Disney Springs

  • 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.

Disney Resorts

  • 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.

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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:

And from the lower lobby of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge:

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.

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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.

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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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