Disney Hurricane Information: Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line Updates

Disney Springs Paddlefish Aerophile balloon

Disney Hurricane Irma Information: Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line Updates

Walt Disney World:

All theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs will be closed Sunday, September 10 and Monday, September 11.

Early closings for Saturday, September 9: Magic Kingdom at 9 p.m., Epcot at 9 p.m., Hollywood Studios at 7 p.m., Animal Kingdom at 7 p.m., and Disney Springs at 9 p.m.

Resorts remain open. Normal hours expected to resume on Tuesday, September 12.

With Hurricane Irma barreling across the ocean, let’s take a look at the official Disney hurricane information that may be of concern to you and your family right now. We’ll also monitor airport/airline cancellations and delays. And we want to hear your firsthand accounts. What’s going on near you? Tell us if you’ve ever been in a storm’s path while on a Disney vacation.

September 8th update: Orlando is now under a Hurricane Watch.

Walt Disney World Hurricane Information

Disney is updating official information on their Hurricane Irma Info page. Official WDW hurricane policy and frequently asked questions can be found here. Let’s look at the latest details:

Hurricane Policies at WDW and DCL.

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground: Closing Saturday, September 9 at 2 p.m. All vehicles must be out of the resort by that closing time. Fort Wilderness guests received letters regarding the closure with the option of staying at a WDW resort hotel. Plus, Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ are closed for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Treehouse Villas of Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort: Also closing.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort: The Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show has been cancelled for Saturday night.

Disney’s Water Parks: Blizzard Beach closed Friday, September 8, Saturday, September 9, and Sunday, September 10. Typhoon Lagoon closing Saturday at 5 p.m.

Night of Joy: Canceled on Saturday, September 9th. Friday’s event will take place, therefore guests with tickets Saturday may exchange them. Go to the ESPN Wide World of Sports after 4 p.m. on Friday to make the exchange. Also, guests may request full refunds for either night.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: Canceled on Sunday, September 10. Guests may exchange tickets for another MNSSHP or a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Other options include a one day park hopper good for two years or a full refund.

To redeem refunds for events, call 407-939-7818 and select option 5 or email [email protected]

Save $8 on Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party ticket!

Highway in the Sky Dine Around: Canceled on Saturday.

Walt Disney World Dining:

Disney World is not taking new dining reservations for September 10 and 11. Effective immediately WDW will not enforce Advance Dining Reservation cancellation policies through Monday September 11th. Pre-paid dining and premium experiences will be automatically canceled and refunded.

WDW Dining Reservations Hurricane Cancellations
Dining Reservation Information due to Hurricane Irma.

Tours: Backstage Magic canceled for Friday, Monday, and Tuesday. Gardens of the World tour for canceled for Tuesday.

Disney Springs: Closing Saturday at 9  p.m. Aerophile balloon is grounded (and will be deflated) until further notice.

Disney Springs Paddlefish Aerophile balloon
Aerophile balloon will be grounded then deflated due to storm.

Magic Kingdom: Closing 9 p.m. on Saturday. No Happily Ever After performance that night. Guests report that Cinderella Castle flags have been tied down.

Animal Kingdom: Closing at 7 p.m. on Saturday. No Rivers of Light performance Saturday night.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Closing at 7 p.m. Saturday.  Performance of Fantasmic and Star Wars fireworks will not take place Saturday night. Construction walls are down near Grand Avenue.


Closing Saturday at 9 p.m. No IllumiNations performance.

There are some cancellations for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival that were announced on Thursday, September 7th.

  • The What’s Cooking with Alex Guarnaschelli on Sunday, September 10
  • Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It Event on Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2017
Epcot Food and Wine Festival closures announced due to Hurricane Irma.

ESPN Wide World of Sports: Closed Saturday through Monday.

Hurricane Irma’s Impact On Your Vacation: Questions Answered

Visit Disney’s website to chat now and get your questions answered.

Get your Hurricane Irma Questions Answered by WDW
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Disney Hurricane Policy

“If a hurricane warning is issued by the National Hurricane Center for the Orlando area—or for your place of residence—within 7 days of your scheduled arrival date, you may call in advance to reschedule or cancel your Walt Disney Travel Company Magic Your Way vacation package and most room only reservations (booked directly with Disney) without any cancellation or change fees imposed by Disney.

If you have products and services provided by third-party suppliers included in your vacation—such as airlines, hotels, car rental agencies or vacation insurance companies—you will continue to be responsible for any non-refundable payments, as well as cancellation or change fees assessed by those suppliers. The policy does not apply to certain special events or dining experiences.”

This hurricane policy also applies to Disney’s Vero Beach Resort or Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort.

If you have questions, call (407) 939-7675.

Live Report from friends staying at Contemporary Resort:

Flight cancelled on Sunday. Renting a vehicle to get back to TN. Getting refund on unused hotel nights. And credit for unused park admission tickets that can be used for up to two years. No reimbursement for the Disney Dining Plan. WDW closing info at the top of this page.

Disney Cruise Line Hurricane Information

Itinerary changes include:

Disney Fantasy
September 9 sailing is cancelled. Refunds will automatically be processed. Guests may book a future cruise at a 25 percent discount by calling 1-855-347-2784 or 407-566-7054 from September through October 18, 2017.

Disney Dream
September 8 and September 11 sailings are cancelled. Refunds will automatically be processed. Guests are invited to book a future cruise at a 25 percent discount by calling 1-855-347-2784 or 407-566-7054 from September 18 through October 18, 2017.

Future Sailings
No changes to other sailings on the Disney Dream or Disney Fantasy.

Port Canaveral

As of 3 p.m. September 8, Port Canaveral will cease all operations and close until further notice.

Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

Closing Friday, September 8 at 2 p.m.

Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort

Closing Saturday, September 9 at 10 a.m.

Universal Orlando Resort

Closing at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. Closed on Sunday and Monday. Will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, Sept. 12. See Universal Orlando Resort’s hurricane policy.

Sea World Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Closing by 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. Both parks will remain closed on Sunday, Sept. 10 and Monday, Sept. 11. Aquatica Orlando and Adventure Island will be closed on Saturday, Sept. 9, through Monday, Sept. 11. Discovery Cove will be closed on Sunday, Sept. 10 and Monday, Sept. 11.

Orlando International Airport/MCO

The last departure at MCO will take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 9. Thereafter, the airport will be closed until further notice. Check with your airline for updated flight information. Delays and cancellations continue to be announced. Also, note that MCO is not an approved storm shelter.


Governor Scott Closes All K-12 Public Schools, State Colleges, State Universities and State Offices Friday, September 8 – Monday, September 11. Shelter info can be found at: www.fldoe.org/irma and www.floridadisaster.org/info


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Kimberly LaPaglia

Kimberly shared her passion for Disney when she was selected for the inaugural Walt Disney World Moms Panel and then as the first Disney Cruise Line panelist. As a Disney Mom, she helped countless families plan their own dream-filled journeys. Blending her love for research, travel, and writing, Kim has been an editor for Disney Food Blog for nearly 8 years. At The Castle Concierge, she blogs about travel, parenting, celebrations, and the road to empty nesting.

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