Disney will begin closing its Walt Disney World theme parks today as Tropical Storm Nicole impacts Florida

Nov 09, 2022 in "Severe Weather impacts to Walt Disney World"

Posted: Wednesday November 9, 2022 11:30am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has announced its plans to close the Walt Disney World theme parks due to the arrival of Tropical Storm Nicole.

Walt Disney World Resort theme parks will have a phased closure today, November 9, beginning at 5pm and will remain closed through tomorrow morning, November 10 2022.

Disney is encouraging Resort Guests to make use of food and beverage options at the theme parks prior to returning to their Disney Resort hotel. Theme parks will likely not reopen at their regularly scheduled time tomorrow, November 10.

Walt Disney World theme park closures

Disney's Animal Kingdom: Closing today, November 9, at 5pm. with last dining reservations at 5pm.

Disney's Hollywood Studios: Closing today, November 9, at 6pm with last dining reservations at 6pm.

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

EPCOT: Closing today, Nov. 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 6:30pm.

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

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

Water Parks and Mini Golf

  • Disney's Typhoon Lagoon will temporarily close tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 10. (Disney’s Blizzard Beach is currently closed.)
  • Winter Summerland Miniature Golf and Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf will close early today, November 9, at 7pm and will remain temporarily closed tomorrow, Thursday, November 10. 


  • Guests staying at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will be required to depart by 3pm today, November 9. Disney is contacting Guests with reservations to help them find alternate accommodations.
  • Guests staying at the Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort will be required to depart by today, November 9, at 3pm. Disney is contacting Guests with reservations to help them find alternative accommodations.
  • 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 we can accommodate more Resort Guests staying at these locations for breakfast.
  • For Guests looking to modify or cancel their Disney Resort hotel reservations, please visit DisneyWorld.com/Plans.
  • Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser voyage scheduled to begin tomorrow, November 10 will be cancelled. Disney iscontacting Guests with reservations.

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.

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

Disney Springs

Disney Springs will close early today, November 9, at 7pm, with last dining reservations at 6:30pm. Disney Springs will remain closed through tomorrow morning, November 10.
Disney Bus transportation from Disney Springs will operate until 8pm today, November 9.

Other Orlando area theme parks

Sea World will close at 4pm today. Universal Orlando will close at 5pm today.

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CosmicCarolNov 13, 2022

Thanks! We got a reservation at around 3pm, so worked out well! :)

TrainsOfDisneyNov 12, 2022

MK opened at noon - I got on a Disney Springs resort bus at 11:00 to the TTC.

ILoveWDW4everNov 12, 2022

Ok so you were not here. The weather was FINE.

CntrlFlPeteNov 12, 2022

I felt the winds in the area where still kicking until at least 2 PM. I cannot imagine how tough it must be to drive a high profile vehicle such as a bus with those winds and those gusts. I am sort of surprised to hear they had busses running at what noon? I am also certain it must have been tough to get folks into work for many reasons that day.

TrainsOfDisneyNov 12, 2022

i waited 40+ minutes for a bus back to Disney Springs. Finally someone else (who had waited longer than me) talked to a driver of another bus and he said he would take us there. I think there was a lack of drivers yesterday, which makes sense. Could be some of the data wasn’t working as well? I know the mobile ordering wasn’t working at the contemporary.

HauntedPirateNov 11, 2022

No. I only watched the radar off and on for hours, tracking the storm as it made its way across Florida, not to mention checking weather stations in and around the property. I'm sure that provided zero pertinent weather information for the area. :rolleyes: I'll bet you would have thought the parks should have been opened the afternoon after Ian came through because, "it looks fine to me, no storm here!". Have a magical day.

ILoveWDW4everNov 11, 2022

They did not offer anything like this.

ILoveWDW4everNov 11, 2022

Were you here yesterday?

HauntedPirateNov 11, 2022

I do as well, but you still are out a full-day admission for 6 hours of park time. If they have any semblance of a clue left when it comes to customer service, they would have granted anyone visiting a park yesterday a complimentary park day on the DME account, expiration at the end of 2023. That would have been the old-guard response, because they valued guests. The new guard just sees consumers and wants their money. It costs them nothing to do that, plus they have to book a trip if they want to use it.

MagicHappens1971Nov 11, 2022

While I agree with what is being said, I highly doubt anyone bought a one day ticket for MK yesterday.

HauntedPirateNov 11, 2022

"There was no storm yesterday" The storm passed through the area in the early morning, but you do you. I was there for Ian, so I have a frame of reference. However, I agree with the sentiment of MK being only open for 6 hours, yet they gladly charged full price. That's criminal, for lack of a better term at the moment.

GoofyernmostNov 11, 2022

It would be just as easy as predicting what you be in the mood to eat 6 months in advance.

ILoveWDW4everNov 11, 2022

There was no storm yesterday. MK was only open for 6 hours so people went elsewhere.