Update: Catastrophic Rainfall, Destructive Winds, Historic Flooding Expected to Impact Disneyland

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Left image: Hurricane Hilary on approach to Southern California, Disneyland Resort Right image: Donald, Goofy, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, and Mickey Mouse in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle

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Southern California, including Disneyland Resort, is now under a Tropical Storm warning as Hurricane Hilary makes its approach in a historic storm that could lead to excessive destruction and more. Here’s the latest on what you should expect if you’re visiting or currently visiting Disneyland in California.

A computer rendition of Hurricane Hilary's impact on the West Coast area of the United States, including Disneyland Resort
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Disneyland Resort – Historic Storm Should Not Be Ignored

Hurricane Hilary is not something anyone should take lightly. Although the storm will be downgraded to a tropical storm when it makes landfall, the eye of the Hurricane will make a direct pass over Disneyland Resort (DL, DLR) in California, bringing about catastrophic rainfall, destructive winds, and record-setting flooding for the area. Although Disneyland might not suffer such immense difficulties, it’s always a good rule of thumb to prepare for the worst but hope for the best.

Just 21 hours ago, a Tropical Storm warning was sent out to Southern California, which includes DL.

UPDATE: Hurricane Hilary intensified a bit and shifted Eastward in its track. The storm will likely pass over Disneyland Resort directly—no update from DLR. 

National Weather Service computer models showing Hurricane Hilary's updated path as it heads towards Disneyland
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The news of this Hurricane was released a few days ago by Inside The Magic. Still, it was reported prematurely as Hurricane Hilary has drastically changed for the worst since Thursday morning. No evacuations have been called, and the park shutting down is nowhere near imminent as no official word has been received from Disneyland Resort. Universal Studios Hollywood released a public statement regarding their readiness and preparations for Hurricane Hilary yesterday afternoon:

The Universal Resort will remain open throughout this ordeal, while guests can stay indoors or continue their vacations inside the park.

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The Importance of Being Ready for a Hurricane When Visiting a Theme Park like Disneyland

Theme parks are iconic destinations for entertainment, thrill-seeking, and cherished memories. However, the enchantment can quickly become challenging when Mother Nature unleashes her fury like a hurricane. The importance of hurricane preparedness cannot be overstated, especially for those embarking on a visit to these recreational havens. This article delves into the significance of being well-prepared for hurricanes while enjoying your time at a theme park, ensuring safety, peace of mind, and a memorable experience.

  • Understanding the Vulnerability

Theme parks, often sprawling and open-air, are susceptible to the impacts of hurricanes due to their outdoor nature and large, exposed structures. Visitors must recognize that these facilities, while designed to provide joy and entertainment, can also be affected by adverse weather conditions, potentially leading to closures, disruptions, and even evacuation orders.

  • Planning for Safety Ahead of Time

Safety should always be prioritized when visiting a theme park, which becomes especially crucial during hurricane season. Before your trip, familiarize yourself with the park’s emergency protocols, evacuation routes, and designated shelter areas. Additionally, keep abreast of weather forecasts and any advisories issued by park authorities.

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  • Staying Informed

Information is your best ally when dealing with unexpected weather situations. Stay informed through reliable weather apps, news updates, and notifications from the park itself. Parks often communicate closures, delays, or evacuation procedures through multiple channels to ensure visitors are well-informed and can act promptly.

  • Flexibility and Contingency Plans

While a theme park experience is typically filled with carefully planned schedules and itineraries, it’s crucial to maintain flexibility during hurricane seasons. Attractions might close temporarily, shows could be rescheduled, or the entire park might shut down due to safety concerns. Having alternative plans and the willingness to adjust your schedule can significantly impact your experience.

  • Packing Essentials

When heading to a theme park during hurricane season, pack essentials such as rain ponchos, umbrellas, portable chargers, and even waterproof covers for electronics. Staying dry and connected can significantly enhance your ability to navigate changing circumstances.

Disney Characters posing in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle
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  • Protecting Valuable

During a hurricane, water damage is a serious concern. Keep valuable items in waterproof bags or pouches to safeguard them from unexpected rain or splashes.

Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, is not typically prone to hurricanes, as it’s located on the West Coast of the United States, where storms are rare. Instead, storms are more common along the East and Gulf Coast regions.

However, like any responsible institution, Disneyland Resort likely has emergency protocols and plans to deal with various emergencies, including natural disasters. These plans would encompass actions for visitor safety, employee well-being, property protection, and communication during unforeseen events.

It’s important to note that the primary concern for Disneyland Resort would be other types of emergencies that are more relevant to its location, such as earthquakes or wildfires. These natural disasters can impact California, and the resort would likely have specific measures to address these scenarios.

Suppose you’re planning a trip to Disneyland Resort or any other destination. In that case, it’s always a good idea to check with official sources, such as the resort’s website or communication channels, for the most up-to-date information on emergency preparedness and safety measures. Remember that safety protocols and plans can evolve to ensure the well-being of guests and staff.

Mickey Mouse pumpkin on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park for Halloween
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