Hurricane Ian has officially moved in, and after a long night we are beginning to see the damage caused by the storm.
Late last week, we began our coverage of Hurricane Ian. It has officially hit Florida and the Orlando area, and Disney World has been taking precautions for the last few days in preparation. First, the parks and Disney Springs were closed yesterday and again today. They may be closed again tomorrow.
Second, new resort reservations are halted until October 2, and Disney is going above and beyond for those Guests riding out the storm on property. Meal kits and special activities are helping Guests feel at ease during the hurricane.
Damage from such a strong storm is to be expected, and it appears the first round occurred last night, September 28.
Swan, Dolphin, Contemporary
According to WESH 2 News, flooding picked up Wednesday night at the Swan and Dolphin resort, which is located in the Epcot resort area. The video shows intense wind and rain at the hotel along with a lot of rainwater on the ground. With Disney’s BoardWalk, Beach Club, and Yacht Club close by, it’s possible flooding is taking place there too.
According to another Twitter user, there is damage sustained to one of the buildings at the Contemporary Resort. It appears that two panels have fallen off, but we are unsure if there is any other damage.
Disney World is such a large place and different spots were affected to varying degrees by Hurricane Ian.
It’s still too early to tell since the storm is not over yet, but so far the damage does not seem too major. Disney will likely need to deal with some leaks and wind damage versus heavy structural damage. There is likely some form of flooding or leaking taking place throughout several Disney World resorts today.
Other Areas Nearby
OCFire Rescue shared photos of rescue attempts throughout Orange County, Florida. We are so thankful for the first responders who are out there risking it all and working in these conditions.
In addition, here is a video of I-4 Express westbound lanes that are flooded near Universal Studios.
It is reported that over a foot of rain fell on Orange County overnight and winds reached up to 80 mph. Additionally, 173,000 people are without power in the county alone with another 2.6 million without power in all of Florida.
In the next video, you can see the cars submerged by a lot of water at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel. We hope the area is able to fully recover soon.
Are you at Disney World today? What is the situation like at your resort? Share your experience with us in the comments below and on Facebook.