As Hurricane Idalia continues to strengthen and make its way towards Florida, Walt Disney World is preparing for the impact of Tropical Storm-force winds. The storm is expected to become a Category 3 hurricane by the time it makes landfall on Florida’s Northern Gulf Coast as early as Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.
Tropical Storm Warning In Place For Orlando
The Orlando area is currently in a Tropical Storm Warning which means peak wind gusts from 20 – 45 mph. The area in central Florida where Walt Disney World is located has not seen any Hurricane warnings as of yet, with much of the impact being headed for Florida’s north-western coast.
Theme Parks Operating Under Normal Conditions
Currently, Walt Disney World is operating under normal conditions. Disney is closely monitoring the storm’s development and issuing necessary updates to ensure the safety of guests and Cast Members alike.
Typhoon Lagoon & Mini Golf To Close Tomorrow
Disney has announced that the Typhoon Lagoon water park, Winter Summerland Miniature Golf, and Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf will be closed on August 30th due to inclement weather conditions.
Fort Wilderness Resort Campground Prepares For Gusts
Guests staying at the Fort Wilderness Resort Campground have received an update on preparations for the hurricane, which includes securing outdoor furniture and decor to be stored inside.
Disney To Offer Discounts / Aid To Evacuees & First Responders
As the storm approaches, Walt Disney World is offering a 50 percent discount on resort hotel stays for Hurricane Idalia evacuees and first responders. This gesture is part of Disney’s ongoing commitment to support local communities during challenging times.
Disney To Waive Certain Cancellation / Change Fees
Disney has also announced that it will waive change fees for those who need to alter their travel plans due to the impending storm. Disney’s hurricane policy is designed with the safety of guests in mind. In the event of a hurricane warning issued by the National Hurricane Center, guests can reschedule or cancel certain reservations made directly through Disney without any cancellation or change fees.
Orlando International Airport Fully Operational
In addition to the steps taken by Walt Disney World, officials at Orlando International Airport (MCO) are monitoring the situation. Currently the airport is open and operating as usual.
Based upon the current forecast of Hurricane #Idalia, our airport will remain open and maintain a state of readiness. If conditions warrant, a temporary cessation of commercial operations may occur. Please continue to work with your airline in regards to your travel plans. pic.twitter.com/9bjQk0857C
— Orlando International Airport (@MCO) August 29, 2023
It remains uncertain how Hurricane Idalia will affect operations at Walt Disney World in the coming days, but as always, the resort encourages guests to check the latest updates and make necessary adjustments to their travel plans.
Our thoughts are with all those in the path of Hurricane Idalia. Stay safe and stay tuned for further updates.