With news mounting about Hurricane Dorian, which is now a Category 3 storm, guests at Walt Disney World and those hoping to head to the parks for the holiday weekend (and for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival) have been awaiting a statement from the Disney World Resort regarding possible closures and hurricane procedures in place.
A special weather update was issued by Disney this afternoon on its website.
The statement reads as follows:
The Walt Disney World Resort is operating under normal conditions. We are closely monitoring the path of the projected weather, as nothing is more important than the safety of our Guests and Cast Members.
We are taking precautions, including cancelling weekend sporting events and closing Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park on Sunday. We are also contacting Guests with current and upcoming reservations at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Copper Creek Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa and the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort to plan for anticipated weather impacts.
We now know that Disney World is currently under normal operations. But weekend sporting events are being cancelled ahead of Hurricane Dorian’s arrival, and Blizzard Beach water park will be closed on Sunday. The resort is also hard at work contacting guests who have reservations at specified Disney World resort hotels and villas so that the lines of communication are kept open.
The latest updates for the hurricane have the storm on a path for Florida, and landfall is anticipated late Monday night into early Tuesday morning. Different models show slightly different projections, but all models are predicting a Floridian landfall either in the Miami area or closer to Fort Lauderdale.
The storm may be a Category 4 hurricane by the time it makes landfall. It is currently at Category 3 storm, but it’s growing and gaining strength the longer it stays over open water.
As this is a developing and evolving story, we will continue to share updates as more information becomes available.
Do you have plans at Disney World this weekend? Do you think the storm will hit Florida as a Category 4 hurricane, or do you think there’s hype over the impending storm?