Guest Captures Ghostly Sight of Cinderella Castle During Hurricane

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Many Guests who are currently waiting out Hurricane Ian at Walt Disney World Resort are in the midst of a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Hurricane Ian made landfall on the west coast of Florida yesterday afternoon as a Category 4 Hurricane with nearly Category 5 winds measuring at up to 150 mph. The hurricane blasted coastal cities with major storm surges and made its way across the state, hitting the central Florida area.

Hurricane Ian downgraded to tropical storm NBC
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Ian has since been downgraded to a Tropical Storm, but it is clear that its effects have been felt, and will continue to be felt over the coming days, and even weeks and months in some areas.

Walt Disney World Resort made the decision to shut down the Disney Parks for both Wednesday and Thursday in anticipation of the storm. The only reported damage at Disney World thus far– which was minor– has been at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

A Guest riding out the storm at Disney’s Polynesian Resort recently shared a photo of a ghostly sight, as the lights at Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom were turned off, making it go completely dark in the midst of the hurricane.

Cinderella’s Castle gone dark from WaltDisneyWorld

It is a pretty ghostly sight to see lights at the Disney Resorts and even at Space Mountain just as normal, but then to look over see Cinderella Castle ominously dark in the distance. It’s certainly something that most Guests will never have the opportunity to witness.

Cinderella Castle 50th Anniversary lights
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It was recently reported that Disney World has seen more than 12 inches– or a foot– of rain in many areas. Click Orlando reported that Walt Disney World has seen at least 12.13 inches of rain, with some areas having a little less. For example,  Disney’s Hollywood Studios is reported at 11.46 inches.

Inside the Magic will continue to keep you updated on Disney Park & Resort damage, Disney’s reopening decisions, and the effects of Hurricane Ian across the state.

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