Closure of Disney World parks and more for future Hurricane Nicole

All 4+ theme parks are closing at Walt Disney World due to future Hurricane Nicole. Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom will not reopen until after the storm passes in Orlando. Additionally, there are further closures, changes, and cancellations through at least Friday, November 11, 2022. This post provides an overview of all Central Florida attraction operational updates.

The system has intensified into Tropical Storm Nicole and is approaching hurricane status on a path toward central Florida. Along with that, inland tropical storm warnings are now in place for Orange and Osceola counties, where Walt Disney World is located. What is expected to become Hurricane Nicole has made landfall in the Bahamas and is targeting Florida tonight with tropical storm-force winds already, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The NHC updates its Tropical Storm Nicole Advisory every few hours, at which time it shifts the “cone of uncertainty” representing the range of possibilities for the center of the storm that extends up to five days into the future. All counties in Florida are under a state of emergency and thousands of Floridians are under evacuation orders as a strengthening Tropical Storm Nicole is expected to develop into a Category 1 hurricane today with warnings hurricane in place for the Florida coast.

Walt Disney World plans to make the following operational adjustments to prioritize the safety of Cast Members and Guests during the storm:

THEME PARKS AND OTHER PARKS

Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks will be gradually closing today, November 9, 2022 from 5 p.m.

The parks will remain closed until tomorrow morning, November 10, 2022. Resort guests are encouraged to take advantage of the food and beverage options at the theme parks before returning to their Disney Resort hotel. Theme parks will likely not reopen on schedule tomorrow, November 10, 2022.

Here is when the parks are closed or closed today:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Closing today Nov. 9 at 5 p.m. with last reservations at 5 p.m.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Closing today Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. with last reservations at 6 p.m.

Magic Kingdom: Closing today, November 9 at 7 p.m. Last meal reservations for Be Our Guest, Liberty Tree Tavern, Diamond Horseshoe and Cinderella’s Royal Table will be at 6:00 p.m., and last meal for all other restaurant reservations will be at 6:30 p.m.

EPCO: Closing today, November 9 at 7 p.m. The last restaurant reservations for Monsieur Paul, Space 220 Restaurant, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and Garden Grill Restaurant will be at 6:00 p.m., and the last meal for all other restaurant reservations will be at 6:30 p.m.

As previously shared, extended evening theme park hours at the Magic Kingdom will be canceled today, November 9, 2022.

To align with modified theme park schedules, night shows will be canceled today, November 9, including Disney Enchantment at Magic Kingdom park, Harmonious at EPCOT, and Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon will temporarily close Thursday, November 10, 2022. (Disney’s Blizzard Beach is currently closed for the season.)

Miniature Golf Winter Summerland and Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf & Mini-golf on the fairways will also temporarily close on Thursday, November 10, 2022.

WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORTS

Guests staying at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground must check out by 3 p.m. today, November 9. Walt Disney World is contacting customers with reservations to help them find alternative accommodations.

Guests staying at Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort will be due to check out today, Nov. 9, at 3 p.m. Walt Disney World is contacting customers with reservations to help them find alternative accommodations.

The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser trip that was scheduled to begin tomorrow, November 10, will be canceled. Disney is contacting Guests with reservations.

At this time, all other Walt Disney World Resort hotels remain open to Guests.

Character Breakfasts at Disney Resort Hotels will not include Characters tomorrow morning, November 10, so that Disney can accommodate more Resort Guests staying at these breakfast locations.

Gastronomic and enchanting supplements

Effective immediately, Walt Disney World will not be enforcing cancellation policies until further notice for restaurants and other experiences like Savi’s Workshop and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Customers with prepaid reservations will be canceled and refunded to the original form of payment.

Performances of Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground have been canceled for Wednesday, November 9.

Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise has been canceled for Wednesday, November 9.

Disney Sources

Disney Springs will close early today, November 9, at 7 p.m., with last restaurant reservations at 6:30 p.m. Disney Springs will remain closed until tomorrow morning, November 10.

Walt Disney World bus transportation from Disney Springs will operate until 8 p.m. today, November 9, 2022.

We don’t have much to add here. What is currently Tropical Storm Nicole is expected to make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane late tonight or overnight with a path through central Florida, directly into the tourist corridor and Walt Disney World. The system currently has tropical storm force winds stretching for 485 miles and gusting to 59 mph – given its size this will impact most of Florida to some degree but hopefully it won’t be as devastating as Hurricane Ian.

Still, if you’re at Walt Disney World or anywhere in Florida, be careful. Take this seriously, for your own good and that of Cast Members and other guests. As accurate as storm forecasts have become, they are still not 100% certain. It is only fitting that Walt Disney World is prioritizing human life and safety, erring on the side of caution and closing parks, moving guests and canceling entertainment. Here’s hoping this passes quickly and with minimal damage and damage, and that Walt Disney World can resume normal operations, albeit with a delayed opening time on November 10, 2022.

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Herman C. Harkins