Disney Park Continues Unscheduled Closures as Cold Weather Persists

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When Guests visit Walt Disney World, think of the Florida climate; typically, humidity, heat, and blazing sunshine comes to mind. For most of the year, this is very true! The Florida heat can become so strong that it is almost unbearable to spend all day outdoors without taking some air-conditioned breaks.

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But, there are times of the year when packing long pants, a sweater, and a jacket is essential. As Florida goes into its “winter” months, temperatures in Orlando can drop into the low 60s and 50s. Typically, the cooler weather tends to surface in November and carries out through December and January. Of course, that does not mean you will have cold days on every day of the month, but the possibility of feeling a chill is much more likely than in July.

When temperatures drop heavily, keeping Blizzard Beach or the currently closed Typhoon Lagoon open is nearly impossible as there are no Guests who are looking to visit the Park. Over the past few weeks, we have seen Blizzard Beach shut down due to inclement weather on multiple occasions, and today, the trend continues. If we look on the Blizzard Beach section of the Walt Disney World website, we can see that no operating hours are available today. Tomorrow, the Park is set to be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; however, Guests should always be sure to check the morning of, as that is when closure decisions are typically made.

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Today, the high will be 71 degrees with a low of 54, so swimming is likely not going to be as appealing to anyone. Therefore, the decision to shut down the Park is not one that is too surprising, and likely, not a choice that would have caused too much disappointment. That being said, considering how many day-of shut-downs we have seen of Blizzard Beach due to weather as of late, it is imperative that Guests are always checking the website to make sure the Park is open before packing their swimsuit, and also, something to be aware of so that having flexibility in case the Park is closed is already on your mind.

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We have seen similar situations occur at Universal Orlando Resort’s Volcano Bay, so be sure to check any Orlando-based waterpark for their hours of operations on any day you decide to visit, if it is during some of the cooler months. If a water park is open on a cool day, the upside is that there are typically fewer Guests in the Park, which will mean shorter wait times and smaller crowds, which could be highly refreshing considering how busy the Parks are beginning to become.

Would you go to Blizzard Beach during the Floridian winter season? 

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