Earlier we reported that the National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm watch for Hurricane Ian for Orange and Osceola counties. The notice affects all of Walt Disney World property.
Now, Disney has notified all guests at the Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground asking them to “remove and stow all outside items” including Halloween decorations, tents, and camper awnings.
Here is the letter in its entirity:
Dear Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground Guest,
As you may be aware, we are anticipating potential inclement weather this week as a result of Tropical Storm Ian. The storm may bring high winds in this area beginning Wednesday, Sept. 28. as we continue to monitor the weather, we are asking that all Guests remove and stow all outside items, including tents and Halloween décor, and take in camper awnings. We ask for your assistance and cooperation in removing these items. The safety of our Guests and Cast is always our first priority and we will have Cast Members available to assist with these requests.
If you are camping in an tent and would like to discuss alternate options for your vacation, please contact the Front Desk.
We appreciate your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience. Should you have any questions or need additional assistance, our Front Desk Cast Members will be happy to assist you and can be reached at 407-824-2727.Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
This storm has the potential to be a major weather event. “Ian is expected to remain at or near major hurricane strength as it passes near the west-central coast of Florida on Wednesday and Thursday,” said NHC hurricane specialist Brad Reinhart. “An even greater concern is the slower forward motion that is forecast during this period, as the upper trough passes north and east of Ian and the steering currents weaken. This would likely prolong the storm surge, wind, and rainfall impacts along the affected portions of the west coast of Florida, although the roughly shore-parallel track still makes it difficult to pinpoint exactly what locations will experience the most severe impacts.”
“We tell people even if they’re lifelong Floridians like myself, this is something that we haven’t seen in our lifetime,” said meteorologist Rick Davis of the National Weather Service’s Tampa office.. “So we definitely need to take it seriously.”
Continuing coverage of Hurricane Ian: