With everything that has been in the news this year, it’s fair to say that there are more than a few people who wish to see failure for Walt Disney World Resort. While for many, the theme Parks at Walt Disney World make it the most magical place on earth; there are also many factors constantly affecting the Resort.
Many people might be under the presumption that the biggest threat facing Walt Disney World Resort is the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis. However, there is actually a much darker, stronger force at play.
Walt Disney World Seeks Imminent Threat
The Orlando Resort is facing a problem that even Disney cannot stop: climate change. Unfortunately, Walt Disney World is not immune to the effects of climate change. As temperatures rise, extreme weather events become more frequent, and sea levels continue to climb, the iconic theme Park faces a unique set of challenges.
When Walt Disney selected Florida as the prime location for Walt Disney World Resort, the thought of climate change was likely not at the forefront of his mind. As the Park began to be constructed, it was built in a way that did not fully protect Guests against the Florida sun. As the temperatures continue to climb over the years, we are seeing more and more that the Parks are not able to provide shade and heat protection to Guests. The number of Guests passing out and suffering from severe heat and dehydration is also becoming a bigger issue. Walt Disney World is also having to deal with more storms and hurricanes on a regular basis.
What Can Disney Do?
This situation could ultimately become a severe concern for Disney. If temperatures continue to rise, fewer and fewer Guests will want to visit the Parks during summer, which should be a peak season for them.
In order to combat this, Disney needs to do more now to invest in better shade options in the Parks to keep Guests cool and covered from the elements.