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Disney World Resort announces new measures for Hurricane Idalia

Disney World Resort announces new measures for Hurricane Idalia

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With Florida being in the path of Hurrican Idalia, many preparations are being made, including Disney World. See the latest update here.

Hurricane Idalia

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We just saw Hurricane Hilary hit Disneyland in California recently, and now Tropical Storm Idalia is expected to affect Disney World this week. Late last week Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a State of Emergency.

This week will no doubt be a rainy week for guests visiting Florida and Walt Disney World. Prepare with ponchos or rain gear, stroller covers, and a flexible plan during the wetter seasons. This is especially true during the summer and hurricane season.


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Just yesterday, Tropical Storm Idalia upgraded from a watch to a warning. However, overnight it got upgraded even more.

The National Hurricane Center now categorizes Idalia as a hurricane. Winds crossed over 75mph. Hurricane Idalia is moving north at 14 mph. Right now, it is simply moving north, but later today and tomorrow it is expected to pick up in a north-northeast motion.

The National Hurricane Center expects Hurricane Idalia to move over the eastern Gulf of Mexico today (Tuesday), reach the Gulf Coast of Florida tomorrow (Wednesday), and finally move close to the Carolinas on Thursday.


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Walt Disney World posted the following statement yesterday, August 28th at 3:00 pm“Walt Disney World Resort is currently operating under normal conditions. We are closely monitoring the path of the projected weather as we continue to prioritize the safety of our guests and Cast Members.”

Disney also announced that if you booked your resort directly through Disney they will waive cancellation fees. If you need to delay a trip or leave early they will work with you. Not only does this apply to hotel reservations, it also includes dining reservations and Enchanted Extras.

There are evacuation orders in place, but not for Orange County. However, this may affect your travel since evacuation paths will have all lanes heading north. In addition, you may find your flight postponed or cancelled.

New Precaution

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This morning, Disney made an announcement asking Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground guests to remove and stow all outdoor items. This includes tents, decorations, and camper awnings by 6:00pm today, August 29.

In the announcement, it also states to call Disney if guests want to leave early or discuss alternate resort options. We will continue covering storm related updates on the Kenny the Pirate Blog.

Disney asks guests at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground to remove and stow all outdoor items by 6:00pm today.

Are you planning to visit Walt Disney World soon? Will this Tropical Storm affect your travel plans? Please let us know your experience and share this news with someone that may be affected by this change.

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Tuesday 29th of August 2023

"Discuss alternate resort options"??? Sounds like the campers will need to pay to move to another resort, unlike with past hurricanes where Disney moved them to safety at no charge. smh....

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