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Category 4 Hurricane and Tornado Warning Be Darned, Mickey Mouse Pushes Onward

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From Hurricane Ian in 2022 to Hurricane Dorian in 2019, Walt Disney World is no stranger to facing the storm of the century year after year. Now with Hurricane Hillary, we can even say that Disneyland Resort has some experience in dealing with hurricanes, too!

But Hurricane Idalia is constantly evolving, leading visitors and residents of Central Florida alike to make constant changes to their plans.

Hurricane Idalia Has Begun Barreling Along the State

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READ MORE: Hurricane Idalia Expected to Become Category 4

Hurricane Idalia has officially made landfall on Florida’s upper west coast, and is considered an incredibly dangerous Category 3 hurricane. But it’s worth noting that Hurricane Idalia is expected to evolve into a Category 4 as it travels.

Already, Hurricane Idalia has caused airports to close, canceling numerous flights, and has also caused streets to flood and multiple power outages in the state. Officials have warned of storm surges, and hundreds of residents have been advised to evacuate their homes.

Things Are About to Get Much Worse For Residents and Visitors Alike…

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As if things couldn’t get worse, residents living in Central Florida were treated to a rude awakening this morning: a Tornado Warning.

With all of Central Florida under a Tornado Warning combined with the National Hurricane Center issuing a formal Hurricane Warning, you may think that things at Walt Disney World may be slowing down. But we’re here to report that this is not the case.

How Is Walt Disney World Responding?

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READ MORE: Walt Disney World Refusing to Take Guests’ Money as Hurricane Idalia Swiftly Approaches

We recently reported on Typhoon Lagoon’s closure due to the hurricane, and it’s worth noting that Blizzard Beach was already closed for refurbishment.

But the remaining theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and EPCOT) are still operating normally. At some point, another Disney Park may close as the storm progresses.

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READ MORE: Disney World Issues Massive Update on Hurricane Closure

Until then, though, Walt Disney World is still open for business!

Stay tuned to Disney Dining for the latest updates regarding the situation. 

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.