Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Crescent Lake, Post Ian

Tower of Terror from the walking path

Today, September 30,  the Walt Disney World theme parks reopened for the first time since Hurricane Ian. Since the storm brought so much destruction to parts of Florida, I know that a lot of people have been concerned about Disney. I already had a Disney Park Pass reservation for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, so I decided to see what was going on myself. It was a beautiful day, the nicest that we’ve seen in months!

Water near Indiana Jones

While there was a lot of flooding in the area, from what I saw Walt Disney World came out with very little damage. The Cast Members have done a great job of cleaning up. There were random patches of water (not even puddles) in a few spots, but you would never think that the park received almost a foot of rain! Even with reduced hours, Disney’s Hollywood Studios was fairly crowded.

A downed tree near Disney’s BoardWalk Hotel

I also walked from Disney’s Hollywood Studios to the BoardWalk and walked the loop around Crescent Lake. There were a few small trees down along the path on the sides. Most were marked for the cleanup crew. The water level was higher than I’ve ever seen it, but it was far from flooded.

Chip ‘n’ Dale decided that it was nice enough for a picnic!

I’m going to just add a few pictures of what I saw today below. Hats off to the Cast Members who have been working so hard to clean things up! And thanks to all of the Cast Members who worked today. I talked with a few of them and they were all friendly and cheerful. It’s been a stressful few days, but you couldn’t tell from their smiles.

Some of the Wait Times
Galaxy’s Edge crowd
Gertie weathered the storm chewing on her seaweed!
This area was taped off and it looks like there was minor damage at the bottom in the dark area
The downed trees were all marked
Another tree
One more
The high water level along the walking path
What hurricane?
Minor debris along the beach by Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Cresent Lake
Minor debris on the walking path
One of the sails is down