Walt Disney World Resort Announces Theme Park Reopening Times After Closing Early Ahead of Hurricane Nicole

Walt Disney World Resort announced earlier that it would be closing its theme parks earlier ahead of the arrival of what was Tropical Storm Nicole. Now, Hurricane Nicole, the storm is expected to make landfall in Florida sometime after midnight tonight. As Walt Disney World Resort prepares to weather this storm, it has now announced when its theme parks will be reopening on November 10, 2022.

The Walt Disney World Resort theme parks will begin a phased reopening starting at 12:00 PM on Thursday, November 10, 2022. Along with the modified hours, there also will not be a presentation of Fantasmic! on Thursday. Both Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground and also the Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa will be reopening on Thursday, November 10, 2022, after they have been assessed for damage as well.

Below is the full post that was shared on the Walt Disney World Website:

Walt Disney World Theme Parks and Water Parks

While this schedule may change, as of 7:00 PM Wednesday, November 9, we are planning to make the following operational adjustments as we continue to prioritize the safety of our Cast Members and Guests during the storm: 


Walt Disney World Resort theme parks will reopen in a phased approach beginning at 12:00 PM Thursday, November 10. Planned theme park operating hours based on current projections are as follows.

  • Magic Kingdom Park: Noon to 6:00 PM (Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is scheduled for 7:00 PM to midnight.)
  • EPCOT: 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park: 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Fantasmic! will not be presented on Thursday, 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. 

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

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’s Typhoon Lagoon water park will remain closed Thursday, November 10. (Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park is currently closed.)
  • Winter Summerland Miniature Golf and Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf will remain closed Thursday, November 10.

Please continue to monitor this page for additional updates and news outlets for the latest weather information.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is anticipated to reopen Thursday, November 10, following an assessment of storm impacts.
  • Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa 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 Thursday morning, November 10, so we can accommodate more Resort Guests staying at these locations for breakfast.

The modified hours of the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks were not to the same level that Hurricane Ian had on Walt Disney World’s operations. Hurricane Ian caused all of the parks to fully close as opposed to shortening operating days. While Hurricane Ian was a stronger storm, its impacts are still being felt and could amplify the damage done by Nicole.

Daps Magic will continue to follow this story and provide updates as they become available.