A Hurricane is headed for Walt Disney World. What do I do?

A Hurricane is headed for Walt Disney World. What do I do?

by Dad
(The Office)


Last night, the National Hurricane Center adjusted the prediction for Hurricane Matthew. It's possible that a Hurricane is headed for Walt Disney World.

Yesterday, Matthew was forecast to stay far east of Florida and not really impact much in the Orlando area. That's changed. The latest prediction has Matthew coming much closer to Orlando with a small possibility that it will directly impact the Orlando area.

In fact, Port Canaveral was just closed as part of the response to the hurricane along with most of the major ports in Florida.

Update: Wednesday 10-5-16. Disney has waved most reservation cancelation penalties for the next few days.

This morning (Wednesday) Disney started moving guests from the Ft. Wilderness Campgrounds to other resorts.

End of Update.

It's a scary situation.

the track of hurricane Matthew

Here's the latest track projection for Matthew from the National Hurricane Center

If you are headed to Walt Disney World this week, what should you do?

That's a good question.

First know that Disney is watching things closely and making preparations for whatever might happen. Watch your MyDisneyExperience app. There will be updates as necessary on the app.

Get in touch with your airline for any updates from them. They should keep you informed.

Listen. Disney will be giving you a ton of updates. Check out the TV, listen to Cast Members, check with the front desk. Disney is there to help. They've been through it and will be keeping you up to date.

Then relax. There's not much else you can do.

Yes, I know you are going to worry and fret. Hey, a hurricane is headed for Orlando. That's a big deal. But worrying and fretting won't really change anything. I know, you're going to anyway. That's OK!

If you are a customer of our partners at Destinations to Travel (and you should be), they will be monitoring the situation and will be in touch with the airlines. Your agent will keep you up to date and work to make sure everything goes as smooth as it can.


Destinations to Travel LLC.

Hopefully, Matthew will turn east and won't effect the Orlando area. We'll see. Just keep your ears open for the next few days and pray for Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas.



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Nov 20, 2019
I was there during this hurricane NEW
by: Chris

First they closed the park and sent everyone either back to their cars or on to Disney transportation back to their resort. Then roads were shut down and we were forced to stay inside at the hotel.

The front desk staff helped everyone arrange to stay for an extra night, if needed, because no flights were leaving. They were awesome. The staff worked non-stop because once the roads were closed they couldn't get home and their relief couldn't get in to work.
They set up games and a dance party in the lobby for the kids. They arranged to have bag lunches in case we lost power. Seriously they thought of everything.

Sep 07, 2018
Hurricanes at WDW
by: Cindy

We actually choose WDW if we need to evacuate from SW FL. They never lose power and take such good care of you. I brought my parents up for Wilma and we were very safe and snug. The parks were only closed for an afternoon!

Oct 07, 2016
Hurricane Matthew
by: krazykat_randi

Wondering if WDW has shelters, or do people just stay in their rooms? Just really curious.

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