Why you want to be at a Disney World hotel during Hurricane Dorian

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It’s time to take a moment and talk about what happens when a hurricane decides to take a Disney Vacation.

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Hurricane Dorian track as of 1:37 am EDT 8/30/19. Credit: nhc.noaa.gov

At the time this article was written, The National Hurricane Service (NHS) reported that Hurricane Dorian had intensified to a Category 2, and the NHS is projecting that Dorian could grow to a Category 4 by the time it makes landfall. The Orlando Sentinel reported Thursday that Central Florida still has not been ordered to evacuate. But most spaghetti models project the storm to pass straight through the area, and Governor DeSantis has gone ahead to issue a State of Emergency.

Dorian’s expected arrival has no doubt ruined many a Disney vacation. And many vacationers are choosing to cancel, reschedule, or cut their trips short to avoid being stuck in Florida during Hurricane Dorian. However, if you find yourself stuck in Florida with a hurricane bearing down on you, you want to take refuge in a Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

**Again, we do not in any way mean to convince you to still visit during a hurricane! This is a message for those who cannot leave Florida and need a safe place to stay.** 

Safety & Security

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort during Hurricane Irma, 2017. Credit: Disney Tourist Blog

Walt Disney World boasts some of the best infrastructure found in Hurricane Territory. Every window and doorway of every building is built to withstand hurricane-force winds. Every guest gets a room, just like always, and everyone is asked to stay sheltered at their resort until the storm passes. Matching the level of safety is the level of security. Walt Disney World is already known for its famous levels of security in its parks, and that doesn’t stop on account of rain. The doors stay locked. The parking lots stay gated. You will be safe. Your things will be safe.

Quality Care & Crowd Control

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Cast Members in high spirits during Hurricane Irma. Credit: WDWToday on Twitter

If your cruise gets canceled, your last-minute flight home gets canceled, and you find yourself stranded in the path of a hurricane on the day you are due to check out of your hotel, Walt Disney World employees will do everything in their power to find you and your family a room–your OWN room–to extend your stay. The incoming storm will also have inspired several trip cancellations, leaving rooms open in the 30+ hotels on property.

Those who found themselves stranded at Walt Disney World during Hurricane Irma in 2017 reported the following:

  1. Walt Disney World compassionately adopted a very pet-friendly atmosphere.
  2. Quality meals were offered in the convention centers of each hotel when Walt Disney World was officially closed. There were no chaotic crowds. These meals were also very fairly priced.
  3. The cast members working during a hurricane are 100% volunteers extra dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of every guest.

Magical Memories Can Still Be Made

Despite the pouring rain and the howling wind outside your window, you’re still in a Walt Disney World Resort hotel. The magic doesn’t stop. Guests trapped in their hotels are treated to marathons of Disney Classic Movies and Mickey Mouse Cartoons, and there have even been reports of extra special character meet and greets taking place in the hotel lobbies. Imagine the memories made watching your children ride out a storm by watching movies with their favorite Disney characters.

Yes, hurricanes are scary, especially for those who are visiting Florida for the first time. But, if you do find yourself facing one on your Disney vacation, remember that you are in one of the safest, nicest, and definitely the most magical place in all of Florida.

You can check out Walt Disney World’s official hurricane policy for more information, as well as Walt Disney World’s official statement regarding Hurricane Dorian.  You can also always reach out to a cast member directly over the phone.

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