Report: Disney World Looks Like a ‘Ghost Town’ Amid Hurricane Dorian

September 5, 2019 Updated: September 6, 2019

Disney World has essentially been rendered a “ghost town” after Hurricane Dorian brushed up against the Florida coast this week.

Photos shot at the Orlando, Florida-based theme park showed there were few people there during the busiest time of the year, reported the New York Post.

The pictures captured the front of the famed Cinderella Castle, where there weren’t any lines for rides near the boulevards.

Disney World was shut down for a time before Dorian approached the coast of Florida. It has since reopened as the storm had little impact on the Sunshine State. But the storm is now lashing the Carolinas and Georgia.

Park officials said that Disney officials are expecting attendance to spike over the next weekend as people rescheduled their visits.

Disney’s iconic Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World Orlando, Florida. More than $433,000 in back wages, which Walt Disney Parks and Resorts owed to 69 employees, was recovered by the Department of Labor (DOL) on Aug. 26. (Courtesy of David Chasteen)

Death Toll at 20

The devastation wrought by Dorian—and the terror it inflicted during its day-and-a-half mauling of the Bahamas—came into focus Wednesday as the passing of the storm revealed a muddy, debris-strewn landscape of smashed and flooded-out homes on Abaco and Grand Bahama islands. The official death toll from the strongest hurricane on record ever to hit the country jumped to 20, and there was little doubt it would climb higher.

With a now-distant Dorian pushing its way up the Southeastern U.S. coast, menacing Georgia and the Carolinas, many people living in the Bahamas were in shock as they slowly came out of shelters and checked on their homes, according to The Associated Press.

As it nears the Carolinas and Georgia, Dorian has weakened to a Category 2 hurricane, according to The Weather Channel.

Damage was done to Emerald Isle, North Carolina, the National Weather Service confirmed on Twitter.

“Getting some pictures into the office of the damage in Emerald Isle, NC caused by a tornado around 9 AM this morning. We thinking of those that have suffered damage. PLEASE have multiple ways to receive warnings [for] the next 24 hours!” wrote the agency.