Thousands of Disney Vacations to Be Disrupted Soon

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Can you think of anything more magical than a trip to Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort? We certainly can’t!

After all, the Most Magical Place on Earth and the Happiest Place on Earth are entirely centered around curating an experience that’s memorable, meaningful, and, most of all, magical for guests of all ages.

That being said, that doesn’t mean that things can’t go wrong. Few things can ruin a Disney vacation, but it doesn’t take much to dampen the Disney magic.

All Sorts of Things Can Disrupt a Disney World Vacation, But Some Things More Than Others…

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The most common example is the weather, which can never seem to make up its mind in Florida, affecting guests visiting Walt Disney World. Guests visiting Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, or EPCOT can experience anything from raging storms to blistering heat, sometimes in the same day!

Not only that, it’s not unusual for a Disney vacation to be disrupted by the Walt Disney Company itself.

Even the Walt Disney Company Can Disrupt a Disney Trip

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Occasionally, warnings are sent out to let guests know that firework testing may be going on late at night, and that the noise level may be disruptive.

Disney is also very candid about when Resort hotel and attraction refurbishments and renovations are happening, both of which can easily disrupt a typical Disney vacation.

But in this case, something bigger than Walt Disney World is happening, and it’s sure to disrupt some upcoming Disney vacations…

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According to the latest reports, an emergency alarm system test will occur tomorrow (October 4), and every single device in the United States will be affected. As in, every cellphone, television, and radio will participate in this nationwide test.

At 2:20 p.m. EDT, a warning tone will sound out on each cellphone, television, and radio. Fair warning: it’ll be loud, it’ll be jarring, and it’ll probably make you jump.

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This Nationwide Emergency Alert Test will take place at the same exact time across different timezones:

  • 2:20 p.m. EDT
  • 1:20 p.m. CDT
  • 12:20 p.m. MDT
  • 11:20 a.m. PDT
  • 10:20 a.m. ADT
  • 8:20 a.m. HST

But for guests visiting Walt Disney World, this test will take place at 2:20 p.m.

Reportedly, this nationwide test will last “approximately one minute” and will only occur once.

What Does This Have to Do With Walt Disney World?

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So, how will this affect Disney vacations? A loud, jarring noise is sure to frighten and startle many of the guests visiting Walt Disney World, especially those who don’t know it’s coming. And, although guests waiting in line for one of Magic Kingdom’s exciting attractions may not be watching any TV or listening to the radio, there are sure to be plenty of cellphones nearby.

According to a report by USA Today, “The message will be heard and seen pretty much everywhere. It’s being conducted with the participation of radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio companies and cellphones networks.”

So, in short, don’t be alarmed when everyone’s phone goes off simultaneously during your Disney trip! It may be startling, but it’ll be quick and over in a flash.

Have you ever experienced a Disney trip disruption? Tell Disney Dining about it in the comments below!

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.