Disney World Issues Massive Update on Hurricane Closure

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In a rare move, the enchanting realm of Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, has made the decision to watch its gates as a powerful hurricane approaches the region. This hurricane may force Disney World to have an unprecedented closure, aimed at ensuring the safety and well-being of guests and staff, underscoring the commitment of Disney to prioritize the protection of all those who enter its magical domain.

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With its reputation for being “The Most Magical Place on Earth,” Disney World is a haven of joy and entertainment for millions of guests every year. However, the Disney Company takes its responsibility for the safety of its guests very seriously. When meteorologists forecasted the approach of a severe hurricane, Disney World’s management faces a challenging decision on whether they should remain open, close early, or not open at all.

Disneyland Resort in California recently dealt with Hurricane Hilary and had to close early for guest and Cast Member safety.

Tropical Storm Idalia will be hitting Orlando soon, and Tampa Airport has already set a closure time. Another Florida theme park has already set a closure til Thursday, August 31st, in Busch Gardens.

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Disney World’s official website gave an update at 3:00 p.m. saying Walt Disney World Resort will currently operate under normal conditions. Disney will closely be monitoring the path of the projected weather as we continue to prioritize the safety of Disney World guests and Cast Members.

Disney World management understands the safety of guests and employees, and they have instituted protocols to handle such situations. From securing loose items to reinforcing structures and providing ample provisions, Disney’s emergency management team has diligently prepared for potential natural disasters.

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During times of crisis like a hurricane, Disney World plays an integral role in the local community. Disney has a history of contributing to disaster relief efforts, and its commitment to the well-being of employees and the surrounding community remains unwavering.

Disney Dining will continue to follow this storm and update guests as information comes out.

Does this possible hurricane affect your upcoming vacation? What are your thoughts on Disney staying open during this storm?

About Brittni Ward

Brittni is a Disney and Universal fan; one of her favorite things at both parks is collecting popcorn buckets. While at Disney World Resort, Brittni meets the princesses and rides Kilimanjaro Safaris. At Universal, Brittni enjoys the Minions and watching Animal Actors on Location! When not at Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando, Brittni spends time with her family and pets.