What you NEED to know about Hurricane Season at Walt Disney World

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If you plan to be in the Walt Disney World area between August and early November you are in prime hurricane season.  Hurricanes, tropical storms, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms are always possibility, but more likely in the fall.

What if it’s SO bad we have to Cancel?
If a hurricane warning is issued by the National Hurricane Center for the Orlando area within 7 days of your scheduled arrival date, you may call in advance to reschedule or cancel your Walt Disney Magic Your Way vacation package and most room only reservations without any cancellation or change fees imposed by Disney.

If you have products and services provided by third-party suppliers included in your vacation—such as airlines, hotels, car rental agencies—you will continue to be responsible for any non-refundable payments, as well as cancellation or change fees assessed by those suppliers.

This policy also applies to Disney’s Vero Beach Resort and Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort in the event a hurricane warning is issued for those destinations.

Can we still go to the Parks?

Disney World has only closed down completely a few times in history, so plan to wear ponchos and brave the rain and flooded paths. Flip flops, Crocs, or other waterproof shoes are a must! Pack cheap, disposable $1 poncho for each person, for each day of your stay, or bring a nice reusable one. I suggest bringing dry clothes and keeping them in a locker just in case.

Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom are the best Parks in the rain. They both have many indoor attractions and queues that you can run to. A waterproof stroller cover should be used whenever you park it in an uncovered area. Ponchos or shower curtain work well.

What should we do in an emergency?

  • Keep an eye on the weather at all times. Check the Weather Channel on your resort tv as you get ready. If you have a smart phone, you may want to search for a weather app that will alert you if there are severe warnings or watches for the WDW area.
  • Packing a small weather radio, preferably a solar-powered one, isn’t a bad idea.
  • If you are at the resort when a severe hurricane or tornado warning hits, stay in the bathroom. It is the most interior, window free, and fortified place to be.
  • If you are in the parks, ask a cast member where to go. Take your family to the most interior space of the nearest building and stay indoors until the cast members direct you otherwise.
  • My best advice for fall travelers is to add trip insurance to your package NOW so that if the worst happens, you won’t lose all your money. It’s only $77.50 per adult and kids are free.

Despite the unpredictable fall weather in Florida, it’s STILL my favorite time of year to go! In fact I will be there in a few weeks! Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, Free Dining and low crowds are just a few reasons to go in autumn. Contact me today to see how much it would cost YOUR family to visit next year at this time. I will work within your budget and offer tips and advice for a stress free vacation! Email me at Summer@WorldofMagicTravel.com or on my Facebook Page HERE.

Be prepared and stay aware! Your vacation will still be magical even if it rains!


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