Guests are being encouraged to reconsider any plans to visit one Disney Resort on Monday, February 5, as the potential for a “catastrophic and life-threatening” event becomes a very real possibility, and people are being urged to stay home.
When Walt Disney chose locations to build his theme park resorts–Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, in the southern part of the state and the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida, in the central part of the Sunshine State–he did so largely because of both areas’ proximity to major highways and because of year-round weather in both locations that would prove conducive to allowing for guests to visit twelve months out of the year.
But occasionally, Disney’s U.S. theme park resorts experience less-than-ideal circumstances that can keep guests away from the magic–even if only temporarily.
Because Disney World is located in Central Florida, it’s not uncommon for the Florida parks to be under hurricane advisories and watches during the Atlantic hurricane season, which begins on June 1 each year and runs through November 30.
Occasionally, Disney World’s four theme parks are forced to close in response to the threat of hurricanes, though it’s not a common occurrence.
The Disneyland Resort in Southern California usually sees fewer hurricane-related closures than its sister resort in Florida, though Walt’s first park has faced the threat of hurricanes in its history–the most recent occurrence of which took place in 2023 with Hurricane Hilary. But the probability of hurricanes threatening operations at Disneyland is lower than at Disney World.
Occasionally, however, the Southern California Disney parks do face the threat of severe weather.
A State of Emergency Declaration
This week, the weather in California has led Governor Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency, and now, guests with plans to visit Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park on Monday are being encouraged to reconsider their plans.
On Sunday evening, both parks at the Disneyland Resort announced early closures in response to the inclement weather. Instead of closing at 11:00 p.m., both parks noted 10:00 p.m. closings on Disneyland’s official website.
Flooded roads, gusty winds, and excessive rainfall are expected on Monday, February 5, in the area, and per SFGate, guests with plans to visit Disneyland may want to seriously reconsider those plans and reschedule for a later date if at all possible.
The National Weather Service has warned of extremely heavy rain over the next several days in Southern California, using the word catastrophic to describe the rain in the forecast for the area.
Per the news outlet:
Forecasters believe an atmospheric river with a “slow-moving trough” will bring heavy rainfall to Southern California. With atmospheric rivers, it’s not always clear where the storm will stop and dump rain, so the entire region is being cautioned to stay home. In Orange County, wind gusts of 40 to 45 mph are forecast until 10:00 a.m. on Monday.
Warning: Stay at Home
People in the area are being warned to stay home on Monday if possible. All of Orange County, California, is under a flood advisory, per the National Weather Service, which warns residents and visitors in the area of “catastrophic and life-threatening flooding” being a real possibility as part of the weather event.
The advisory also warns that “extensive roadway flooding is likely” and that “rock and mudslide activity will likely occur on mountain and canyon roadways, which could cause significant travel delays and road closures.”
As this is a developing story, more information will be shared as it is updated by the National Weather Service.