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What you need to know for your theme park vacation during hurricane season

When guests visit Disney World, they may be excited to know that the weather in Florida will always be nice and warm; However, Florida’s climate also has its drawbacks.

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One of the biggest weather concerns that Florida residents have to face is the potential for hurricanes and tropical storms. Lightning, thunder, and heavy rain are incredibly common within the state. However, during hurricane season, which typically extends from the summer to the early fall months, storms may become more severe.

Tower of terror struck by lightning
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This year, the Atlantic is expected to bring in more hurricanes than forecast, with 6-10 hurricanes expected for this season. Since Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort are located in central Florida, the likelihood that guests traveling in the coming months will experience a hurricane is greater than previously thought.

Hurricane Dorian
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Since Disney and Universal are not located on the coast, the severity of the hurricane’s effects will vary on a case-by-case basis. But, if you fall into a hurricane while on vacation, here’s what you should do.

First of all, know that you are safe! Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort are equipped to handle hurricanes, and their resorts are ready to protect their guests. We’ve even seen Disney World make meal kits for Hurricanes so guests can keep food in their rooms without having to worry about going to the dining hall in bad weather.

Hurricane Dorian
Credit: National Hurricane Center

If a tornado is expected to hit while you’re on vacation, be sure to bring rain clothes. Having several ponchos, umbrellas, rain jackets, a change of clothes, socks and shoes are good practice to ensure that you can still have a great day in the parks!

Dockside Inn & Suites
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Finally, if you’re traveling to Disney World or Universal Orlando Resort in hurricane season – be flexible. When storms occur, the outdoor attractions at both theme parks will be closed until the lightning passes, so guests should be prepared to accept this possibility before arrival. Having a strict itinerary may not be the best attraction during hurricane season. Sometimes, you may need to get into the Pirates of the Caribbean inland queue instead of taking the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Also, depending on the severity of the hurricane, theme parks will likely be closed for the day, something we’ve seen in the past. Being aware of this will help you manage expectations if this happens so that you are not too disappointed with the outcome.

Hard Rock Hotel Universal Orlando
Credit: Universal Orlando

On the plus side, your Disney or Universal Resort has a lot to explore, from the different dining options to the décor details, arcades, and more! If you need to stay home for a day, opening up to explore your own resort can end up being a magical experience you wouldn’t have made time for!

Have you ever been hit by a hurricane while visiting Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando Resort? Let us know in the comments below!



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