40 Mph Winds On Route to Florida as Tropical Storm Fred Gains Momentum 

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When it comes to Florida, there are many perks for visitors who are entering the state. From theme parks to sunshine, Guests who are coming to either Disney World or Universal Orlando Resort are typically met with much warmer weather than they may be used to, depending on where they are coming from, of course.

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Credit: National Hurricane Center

That being said, the Florida climate, however, does fave its downfalls. During the summer months into early fall, Florida often experiences hurricane season, and this year has been no exception. The 2021 hurricane season has actually projected 7-10 hurricanes in Florida, with many more tropical storms on track, as well.

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Credit: National Hurricane Center

Related: Florida Meteorologist Shows Hurricane Elsa Developing Near Disney World

When a hurricane or tropical storm rolls in, Guests at Disney World may experience some unexpected changes to their Disney vacation. With increased rain and storms, outdoor attractions may close more often than normal, as thunder and lightning will cause them to shut down for periods of time. Also, depending on the severity of the hurricane, Disney World has had to close its theme parks for Guest and Cast Member safety.

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Credit: National Hurricane Center

The latest storm forming in the Gulf of Mexico is Fred and has now been upgraded to a tropical storm as it is headed for landfall with sustained winds of 40 mph. Florida will receive the majority of the storm’s effects on Monday and Tuesday. 

The Orlando Sentinel reported:

Through Monday in the Keys and South Florida, 3 to 5 inches of rain with isolated storm totals of 8 inches are anticipated.

Through Tuesday in the Florida Big Bend and Panhandle, 4 to 8 inches with isolated maximum storm totals of 12 inches are expected.

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Credit: Cassie C.

Related: How a Hurricane or Tropical Storm May Impact Your Disney Trip

From this, it seems that although Central Florida will likely see rain, Guests attending Disney World and looking to visit either Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or Disney’s Animal Kingdom will still have a magical visit to the mouse!

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Credit: NOAA

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

If you are ever at Disney World during a tropical storm or hurricane, you do not need to worry! Disney has built their Resorts to withstand hurricanes to ensure. Guests are safe when visiting at all times. Even Cinderella Castle is hurricane-proof! Disney even creates hurricane meal kits available for purchase for Guests so that they do not have to leave their room at the height of a storm.

Have you ever been to Disney World during a hurricane? Let us know in the comments below.

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