Since the park opened in 1971, only 7 other hurricanes have caused Disney to close its gates.

By Rebecca Angel Baer
September 3, 2019
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Hurricane Dorian has finally begun to move on after causing over forty hours of mass destruction in the Bahamas. The monster storm has weakened slightly and is moving very slowly towards Florida’s east coast.

 

 

With the safety of their guests and cast members top of mind, Disney Parks announced that all parks will close by 3:00PM EST today, Tuesday September 3rd. According to the Orange County Register, hurricane Dorian is only the eighth storm to force the most magical place on earth to close its gates. But Disney is not taking any chances with this massive storm. Alerts were posted to their social media channels and a full schedule of closures was put on their website.

 

 

The miniature golf course, water park, and the restaurants and shops of Disney Springs will also close. Disney Resort Hotels will remain open and for those guests who are staying at the campgrounds, those will close at 3pm as well and all guests will be transferred to one of their Resort Hotels.

If you have not yet arrived at Disney but had planned a vacation there this week, they do have a hurricane policy and allow for cancellations within a certain time period. More information can be found here.

However, if you find yourself within the confines of the most magical place on earth during the hurricane, don’t worry. This may be the best place to be in the whole state. Disney Resorts remain open and provide not only a safe haven for their guests, they make sure you’re still being taken care of up to Disney standards with everything you’d need like plenty of food, water, power (they have generators), and they bring the magic to you. For the time you may remain within the walls of your hotel, Mickey, Minnie, and the gang will fill the days with entertainment ranging from Disney trivia, pet parades, and even character visits.

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Follow the warnings and stay safe, friends.

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