It seems like we’re reporting on hurricane’s more and more as the years go on! Last year, Disney World was hit by Hurricane Matthew, this year it looks like Hurricane Irma will be impacting the Walt Disney World area. As of Thursday morning this is one of the largest hurricanes in recorded history. It is also one of the most powerful ever in the Atlantic. The “cone of uncertainty” currently shows the entire state of Florida in the hurricane’s path. Hit the jump for more details, we’ll also keep this post updated as more information comes in.
UPDATE FRI, 9/8
Hurricane Irma is expected to impact the entire state of Florida. Orlando International Airport, MCO, will be closed beginning Saturday evening. As of right now Disney has cancelled the Night of Joy on Saturday and the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on Sunday. The parks are under normal operating hours, but this could (and likely) will change. I won’t be surprised if Disney closes the parks just like last year. Hopefully everyone in Irma’s path is safe and prepared. We’ll update with more information as it comes in.
As of Thursday Disney is operating under normal conditions, however they’ve already planned a closure of both water parks over the weekend due to the storm. Rumors that Orlando International Airport, MCO, closing on Saturday have started to make their way around the web. They briefly posted a notice on their site but have since taken it down.
I consider Disney World to be a relatively safe place to be during a hurricane. The conditions may not be ideal, guests may be stuck in their hotel room or even relocated to a different resort. If Irma does strike the Central Florida area it’s important to listen to Cast Member instructions and be kind to fellow guests and Cast Members.
If you have a trip planned to Disney World in a few days you can view Disney’s Hurricane Policy on their site. Stay tuned to Behind Magic and follow us on Twitter for the latest on the storm.