- Walt Disney World will temporarily close its Florida parks from Wednesday as Hurricane Ian hits.
- The company is asking all hotel guests to shelter in place while the hurricane passes through.
- The hurricane is expected to hit Florida on Wednesday morning.
Walt Disney World world is closing all Florida parks on September 28 and 29 as Hurricane Ian passes through the state.
Disney is also asking all hotel guests to shelter in place as the Category 4 major hurricane approaches Florida.
In a statement posted to a company website, Disney said: “For the safety of our Guests and Cast Members, all Guests including our Disney Vacation Club Members must check in to our resorts on Sept. 28, by 3 p.m.”
The statement added: “Guests that are checked in by 3 p.m. Wednesday will be asked to shelter in place at their resort for the duration of the storm.”
Check-ins at Disney hotels in Florida will be closed from 3 p.m. Wednesday to 3 p.m. Friday. The company added that normal hotel cancellation fees would be waived and guests were able to cancel or change their reservations.
The company said on Tuesday that any partially used multi-day theme park tickets that were impacted by closures would be extended.
Universal also announced it was closing its Orlando parks on Wednesday and Thursday. The company plans to reopen the parks on Friday if the weather allows.
Universal added that its hotels will remain operational for guests as the hurricane passes through the state.
Hurricane Ian is expected to hit Florida on Wednesday morning with forecasters warning of tornado risks and heavy rains of up to 24 inches.
The National Hurricane Center said that as of Wednesday at 4 a.m. ET, the storm was about 85 miles away from Naples, Florida, and was moving at 10 mph.