Know Before You Go: Storms, Air Quality at Walt Disney World

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As wildfires rage across the Western United States, creating eerily orange skies at the Disneyland Resort, the smoke has begun to travel across the continent lowering the air quality in almost every state, except Florida. Yes, according to the Tampa Bay Times, Walt Disney World and the rest of the state of Florida appear to have been spared from the smoke. But, it is thanks to another meteorological malady — Hurricane Sally.

Map of Wildfire Smoke
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With Wildfire Season in the West, and Hurricane Season in the east reaching its peak, September–really all of early Autumn–can be a tumultuous time due to weather. So, if you are still planning a trip to Walt Disney World Resort this season–be it for the modified Halloween celebration, the Taste of EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival, or just a fall break–here are some things you should know before making your way Central Florida.

Storms at Walt Disney World

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The 2020 Hurricane Season has been extremely active. While none of the 2020 storms have so far made their own visit to Disney World–Hurricane Isaias posing the biggest threat so far this year–thunderstorms, with a lot of wind and rain have been known to accumulate and hit the resort. 

Take a look at this short video of Hurricane Sally’s development. Clearly Sally did not hit Walt Disney World or anywhere in Central Florida, but the area still received a significant amount of bad weather.

Including Hurricane Sally, there are six storms currently brewing and while none of them are posing a direct threat to Walt Disney World, it reflects the high activity of storms at this time of the year.

As for the rest of September 2020 and moving into October, AccuWeather is predicting thunderstorms or the possibility of thunderstorms almost every single day.

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While afternoon thunderstorms are commonplace this time of year in the Sunshine State, we understand that they can put a damper on your Walt Disney World Vacation. This is why we want our readers to be aware of the weather now before they embark on their trip.

Guests Making the Most of Disney World Despite bad weather
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Keep an eye on the weather forecast. Walt Disney World Resort has only closed a handful of times due to a hurricane. The last one being for Hurricane Dorian. If you find yourself at Walt Disney World Resort when this happens, we want to assure you that there are few safer places to be than in your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel. If you find yourself about to get underway when this happens,

Air Quality at Walt Disney World

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While hurricanes and tropical storms are destructive, they are also nature’s air circulators. The high winds continue to filter out stale stagnant air, or–in this case–smoke from the wildfires.

According to, the air quality at Walt Disney World is rated excellent and is expected to remain excellent through the night:

Air Quality, Walt Disney World, 9/16/20

Tips About Visiting Walt Disney World

With this in mind, attention should divert to where you are departing from. Will the air quality in your location cause delays or affect the safety of your journey to Walt Disney World to any degree?

When planning your Walt Dinsey World Resort Vacation, it pays to have professional travel agents to help you stay up-to-date and prepared for any weather-related issues. That is why we continue to recommend our friends at Academy Travel. Click here to learn more and receive your free, no-obligation quote today!

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