What Hurricane Dorian Means For Walt Disney World

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There is always a chance that hurricane season will affect your Disney World days especially during September and October. The first hurricane of the season that is affecting The Bahamas and Florida is upon us and this is the second most powerful storm to ravage the Atlantic on record. The storm strengthened to a Category 5 storm, the strongest possible with sustained winds of 180 miles per hour over the weekend as it settled its destruction over several Bahamian islands.

125By posting about how the storm could affect central Florida and the Walt Disney World area, we, in no way, aim to diminish the seriousness of this storm and its capabilities. Each and every person affected by this storm remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Following the storm passing over Disney’s private island as a Category 5 storm, the company has confirmed that those employees who had sheltered on the island, Castaway Cay are safe and secure.

126The island is located just a few miles short of Great Abaco Island where the eye, or the most powerful part of the storm stalled and caused extensive damage. Following criticism on social media regarding the company not evacuating all of their employees as the storm loomed, Disney confirmed that they were in contact with those on Castaway Cay and that they were being housed in the island’s hurricane shelter. The crew members have since returned to their living quarters on the island. 

127As several parts of Florida, Georgia and the Carolina’s have been placed under a state of emergency and a mandatory evacuation ahead of the storm, Disney has annuonced that they will be adjusting their hours of operation for Tuesday (and possibly Wednesday) at Walt Disney World in order to maintain its “longstanding commitment to safety.”

Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Springs, Disney’s Lagoon Typhoon Water Park, Winter Summerland Miniature Golf and Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf will all close at 3 p.m. on September 3. Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom will be closing at 2 p.m, and ESPN Wide World of Sports and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park both will not open at all on that day.

128Disney Resort hotels all will remain open with staff members providing food and amenities to guests throughout the storm. The one exception is Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground which will close at 3 p.m. on Tuesday and “will reopen following the storm when it is safe to do so.”

Disney has previously closed their theme parks to ensure the safety of their castmembers and guests during such storms as Hurricane Irma in 2017 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

In addition, several events have also been canceled including After Hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Tuesday, September 3 although the Extra Magic Hours event at 7 a.m. will continue as scheduled. Other morning events for Tuesday will also continue as planned; Magic Kingdom will open at 7 a.m. and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will open at 6 a.m. for Extra Magic Hours.

For those who purchased their After Hours event tickets ahead of time can request a full refund or request an exchange for: another Disney After Hours event in 2019, a one-day flexible date ticket with park hopper option, which can be used any day prior to Dec. 31, 2020 or a ticket to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party event in 2019

For more information or to request an exchange, contact Disney at 407-939-7818 by Dec. 15, 2019, or email Ticket.Inquiries@DisneyWorld.com.

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