Central Florida in the summertime can be a force to be reckoned with from a weather standpoint. During the summer season, the Sunshine State often isn’t so sunny — in fact, according to Weather 25, Florida residents and travelers “should expect an average of 15 to 22 days of rain, so be sure to bring along a waterproof jacket to stay dry this month!”
Over the course of the year, Florida typically receives 55 inches of rain compared to the national average of 38 inches — hurricane season, which officially runs from May through September, accounts for much of this rainfall.
Although Orlando is not situated on the coast, and typically doesn’t sustain severe damage from tropical storms and hurricanes, it is still a sub-tropical locale that receives lots of summer rain. This can lead to some interesting experiences for theme park Guests who find themselves dealing with flooding.
This week, Walt Disney World Resort Guests found themselves slogging through major flooding at EPCOT. TikTok user World Showcase Adventures (@worldshowcaseadventures) shared a video near the Port of Entry shop. The video is captioned:
They say go to Disney in the summer! They say it will be fun! They forget to tell you it is hotter than the surface of the sun and it rains everyday.
The user also wrote:
They call it Hurrican [sic: Hurricane] Season for a reason. Preparw [sic: Prepare] for heat and rain while at Disney! An umbrella or a poncho is a must have while at the Parks!
They call it Hurrican Season for a reason 😂😂 Preparw for heat and rain while at Disney! An umbrella or a poncho is a must have while at the Parks! #disney #disneyworld #orlandoflorida #epcot #disneytips #bringanumbrella #disneyinsummer #disneyweather #floridaweatherbelike #distok #distokfam #distokcommunity #disneytiktok #disneyt #disneytok #fyp #tiktok #tiktokdisney #worldshowcaseadventures
Ahead of EPCOT’s 40th anniversary this October, the Park is in the midst of a massive overhaul that includes the addition of new rides and attractions — including the aforementioned Journey of Water and the recently opened Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind roller coaster — a reimagined entry, and several new “neighborhoods” like World Discovery and World Celebration.
Despite all of the changes that are still happening, though, numerous EPCOT projects were scrapped as COVID-19 ravaged Disney’s budget. The planned Mary Poppins-inspired Cherry Tree Lane addition in the Great Britain World Showcase pavilion and a refurbishment of Spaceship Earth, for example, were both tabled.
At this time, Disney has not confirmed plans for EPCOT’s 40th birthday, but previously filed permits and patents have hinted at a celebration.
What do you think about this week’s EPCOT flooding?
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