PHOTOS: A Look at the Crowds in Disney World Leading Up to Hurricane Ian

UPDATE: Disney World will be conducting a phased reopening of the theme parks and Disney Springs on September 30th. Click here for more information.

It’s official — Hurricane Ian, upgraded from Tropical Storm Ian, is moving towards Florida.

Dark clouds forming over Journey into Imagination

The state has begun its preparations, like the state of emergency issued by Governor Ron DeSantis and the shift in operations at Orlando International Airport. And, with Disney World also beginning to gear up for the storm, what are crowds looking like around the resort?

Disney World has announced that they will be closing Typhoon Lagoon (keep in mind Blizzard Beach is still closed) on September 28th and 29th. Specific room types at select Disney World hotels are also being closed from September 28th through September 30th. Additionally, mini golf courses and some shows are also closed during this period of time. So, with many closures and preparations underway, are the crowds emptying out of the resort?

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Crowds seem to be pretty normal, despite the incoming storm. Over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, it was business as usual…

Crowds in Animal Kingdom

…with some heavier crowding over in Pandora — World of Avatar.

More crowding

Of course, Creature Comforts had a pretty long line. (A normal sight for any Starbucks location at the resort.)

Creature Comforts

This line looked even longer than usual because half of the store is closed to get new flooring.

EPCOT was the same — we spotted pretty normal crowds throughout the park.

Mexico Pavilion

However, we noticed an exceptionally long wait time over at Frozen Ever After — 150 minutes!

Frozen Ever After

We were also at Orlando International Airport today where there were tons of travelers.

So if you’re headed to Disney World to take advantage of storm crowds, it doesn’t look like you’ll be met with an empty resort. We’ll continue to monitor crowds throughout the storm, so stay tuned.

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  1. My son was notified less than 2 hrs prior to check in today that Star Wars hotel experience would not be operating – they were offered a room at the Boardwalk with 20% discounted rate .. you can only imagine their disappointment as they started their drive back home. Disney could care less !