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Walt Disney World Closing Theme Parks Due To Tropical Storm Nicole

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Walt Disney World Closing Theme Parks Due To Tropical Storm Nicole

For the second time this year, Walt Disney World is closing due to potential bad weather.

Disney announced on Wednesday, November 9 it is shutting down Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios in preparation for Tropical Storm Nicole.

Below is a breakdown of everything you need to know closure-wise. For more about how Disney World handles hurricanes and to keep tabs on the latest weather updates, check out our hurricane page.

Disney World Theme Parks

Theme parks will have a phased closure beginning Wednesday, November 9 starting at 5 p.m. and will remain closed through the morning of Thursday, November 10.

Disney encourages guests to enjoy food and beverage options at the theme parks prior to returning to their Disney Resort hotel.

Important: Theme parks will likely not reopen at their regularly scheduled time on November 10.

  • Animal Kingdom: Closing November 9 at 5 p.m. with last dining reservations at 5 p.m.
    • reopening  1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on November 10
  • Hollywood Studios: Closing November 9 at 6 p.m. with last dining reservations at 6 p.m.
    •  reopening 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on November 10 (Fantasmic! will not be presented on Thursday, November 10)
  • Magic Kingdom: Closing November 9 at 7 p.m. Last dining reservations for Be Our Guest, Liberty Tree Tavern, Diamond Horseshoe and Cinderella’s Royal Table will be at 6 p.m., and last dining for all other dining reservations will be at 6:30 p.m.
    •  reopening 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on November 10 (Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is scheduled for 7 p.m. to midnight.)
  • Epcot: Closing November 9 at 7 p.m. Last dining reservations for Monsieur Paul, Space 220 Restaurant, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and Garden Grill Restaurant will be at 6 p.m., and last dining for all other dining reservations will be at 6:30 p.m.
    • reopening 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on November 10

Transportation to theme parks will begin 30 minutes prior to the scheduled park reopening time.

Reservations for bookable experiences within the theme parks will resume at the scheduled park reopening timeAs previously shared, extended evening theme park hours at Magic Kingdom will be cancelled Wednesday, November 9.

tropical storm nicole disney world closing statement

Partially used multi-day theme park tickets with a validity window impacted by Hurricane Nicole will be automatically extended within 24 hours to allow use of the remaining unused ticket days through September 20, 2023. In order to enter a park, both a park reservation and valid ticket for the same park on the same date are required.

Disney previously announced that Extended Evening Theme Park Hours at Magic Kingdom will be canceled Wednesday, November 9.

To align with modified theme park hours, nighttime spectaculars will be canceled November 9, including Disney Enchantment at Magic Kingdom, Harmonious at Epcot, and Fantasmic! at Hollywood Studios.

Water Parks and Mini Golf

  • Typhoon Lagoon: will temporarily close Thursday, November 10 (Blizzard Beach is currently closed)
  • Winter Summerland Miniature Golf and Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf: will close early Wednesday, November 9 at 7 p.m. and will remain temporarily closed on Thursday, November 10

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

  • Guests staying at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will be required to depart by 3 p.m. on November 9. Disney is contacting guests with reservations to help them find alternate accommodations.
    • anticipated to reopen Thursday, November 10, following an assessment of storm impacts
  • Guests staying at the Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort will be required to depart by November 9 at 3 p.m. We are contacting guests with reservations to help them find alternative accommodations.
    • will reopen for guests checking in Thursday, November 10
  • At this time, all other Walt Disney World Resort hotels remain open to guests.
  • Character breakfasts at Disney Resort hotels will not include characters on the morning of November 10, so Disney can accommodate more Resort Guests staying at these locations for breakfast.

Disney is contacting guests with current and upcoming reservations impacted by this change. Guests may reschedule their trip or cancel their stay and any cancellation fees will be waived.

For guests looking to modify or cancel their Disney Resort hotel reservations, Disney asks them to visit DisneyWorld.com/Plans.

Other Walt Disney World Experiences

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser voyage scheduled to begin Thursday, November 10 will be cancelled. Disney is contacting guests with reservations.

Dining and Enchanting Extras

Effective immediately, Disney will not enforce cancellation policies until further notice for dining and other experiences like Savi’s Workshop and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Guests with pre-paid reservations will be cancelled and refunded to the original form of payment.

Performances of Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground have been cancelled for Wednesday, November 9 and Thursday, November 10.

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

Disney Springs

  • Disney Springs will close early on November 9 at 7 p.m., with last dining reservations at 6:30 p.m. Disney Springs will remain closed through the morning of November 10
    • will begin a phased reopening at 12 p.m., Thursday, November 10
  • Disney Bus transportation from Disney Springs will operate until 8 p.m. on November 9
    • will resume at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 10

We will share more updates if or when Disney announces them. You can also keep track of the latest updates on Disney’s Weather Updates and Information page.

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