If there is one thing that Disney World Guests can count on when they visit the parks during the summer, it is rain. Unfortunately, Florida is prone to thunderstorms almost daily when the summer months hit.
The good thing about the rain in Florida is that it often clears up shortly after it begins. That being said, thunder or lightning can cause many attractions to close at any theme park across the globe due to the safety of Guests, and Disney World is no different.
Disney World has many indoor attractions; however, there are some outdoor attractions in each park that will need to stop operating if there is thunder or lightning in the area. Today, Orlando is experiencing quite a thunderstorm, which has left many of the theme parks having to close their outdoor attractions.
At the moment, it seems that the storm has hit Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. However, if we look at the My Disney Experience app, we can see that the following 26 attractions are listed as closed including Alien Swirling Saucers, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, and more.
Once the weather clears up in the area, the attractions will reopen. However, there is a chance that one park will reopen before others, as the storm may move in either direction, and each park is far apart on property. To see which attractions are closed and find out when the ride you would like to get on is back up and running, Guests should keep an eye on the My Disney Experience app.
When storms occur, waiting in an indoor queue is always a good idea! It will keep you dry, and it will also pass the time of the storm. If you are lucky, you will see blue skies once you exit the attraction.
Have you ever been caught in a rain or thunderstorm at Disney World? What advice do you have for others when that happens?