Hurricane Awareness time for Walt Disney World Vacationers


We’re more than a month into the 2015 Hurricane season and we finally have our first named hurricane on the season – Danny. The storm is still a ways off from any populated area and there’s no way to no if it will even hit the United States, let alone Orlando.

That being said, if you have a trip to Walt Disney World planned between now and the end of Hurricane season, now is a good time to review the Walt Disney World Hurricane Policy.

In general, if your travel to Disney is 7 days away or less, you may be able to reschedule or cancel your Walt Disney Travel Company Magic Your Way vacation package and most room only reservations (aka, travel booked through Disney) without any change fees.

Disney, obviously, can’t control third parties. So you’ll have to check with airlines, car rental, and insurance companies for their specific hurricane policies. Additionally, certain special events and dining experiences are non-refundable.

For those who don’t live in Central Florida, it’s important to know that you shouldn’t take Hurricane warnings lightly. Even if the eye of the storm isn’t passing nearby, high winds and tornadoes are possible in any of the storm’s bands. Add to that the possibility of a lightning strike and staying properly sheltered during any heavy storm is a good idea.

If a tropical storm or hurricane does strike Disney, expect the company to place safety first. While they will attempt to stay open as late in the week as reasonable they have been known to close down the parks on storm days. When the parks have been cleaned up and declared safe they will reopen them as fast as they can.

The good news is that 2015 is forecast to be a light year as far as named storms and hurricanes. But it’s a good idea to be aware of your options if one does manage to make it to Central Florida.

Have you every visited Walt Disney World before or after a major storm? Do you have any tips for getting the most out of the vacation?

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5 thoughts on “Hurricane Awareness time for Walt Disney World Vacationers

  1. Jeff

    I arrived at Disney World the day before Hurricane Andrew hit Florida in 1992.
    At that point, there was still the possibility that it could move North through Central Florida.
    We were staying at Dixie Landings (now Port Orleans Riverside) during it’s first year of opening. We were given a sheet of instructions on what to do if the hurricane hit. What was most intriguing though, was that all the pool furniture (chairs & tables) had been actually put INSIDE the pool. I was kinda shocked, and told this was done so the furniture would’t blow all over the place.
    To Disney’s credit, the next morning, after Andrew made landfall way down south, the pools were cleared and opened for use.

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