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Disneyland Shutting Down Due to State of Emergency

disneyland castle storm
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Disneyland Resort is a name that evokes wonder and enchantment. However, even “The Happiest Place on Earth occasionally faces challenges that impact its operations.

One such challenge is inclement weather, which, on rare occasions, may lead to Disneyland closing early for the safety and comfort of its guests.

Warning sign over Disneyland Park Castle

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On February 4th, Disneyland was forced to close early due to a severe weather alert. So far this threat is still in the area forcing Disneyland Resort to close another day early.

The Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has declared a State of Emergency due to the severe storm affecting the southern region of the state. The Anaheim area, which is where Disneyland is located, is currently under several wind and flood advisories.

Man arrested Disneyland hit and run

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For the safety of guests and Disney cast members, Disneyland Resort has taken precautionary measures and made the decision to close its theme parks. Disney California Adventure Park, which was initially set to close at 9 p.m., will close at 8 p.m. And next door, Disneyland Park will now close at 8 p.m. this evening instead of the initially scheduled 10 p.m. closure.

California is known for its generally pleasant and mild weather, with sunny skies and comfortable temperatures prevailing for much of the year. However, like any region, it is not immune to weather-related disruptions, including rain, high winds, or extreme heat.

When such adverse weather conditions are forecasted or occur during operating hours, Disneyland’s top priority is its guests’ and cast members’ safety and well-being.

One common weather-related issue is rain. When the theme park experiences heavy or prolonged rain, it can impact the overall guest experience and safety, leading to temporary closures of certain outdoor attractions and entertainment offerings.

disneyland's pixar pier at night

Credit: Becky Burkett

Another factor Disneyland looks into when dealing with weather-related issues is wind. High winds can pose a danger to guests and cast members, especially on rides and attractions with elevated elements.

Decisions to close early or modify operations due to weather are made with careful consideration of various factors, including weather forecasts, safety protocols, and the overall guest experience.

the many adventures of winnie the pooh rain scene featured image version

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While it may be disappointing for guests who have traveled from far and wide to experience the magic of Disneyland, these closures are enacted to ensure the well-being of all.

Disneyland still is “The Happiest Place on Earth,” and guests can expect nothing but the most magical experience, even during the scariest of storms.

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.

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