Making plans to visit Central Florida soon? Even though some believe Walt Disney World Resort should make the move to New York, that likely isn’t happening any time soon! So, time to prepare for what’s to come… with a busy 2022 hurricane season predicted to be on the way.
Hurricane season for Florida begins June 1 and runs through November 30 which makes for massive amounts of people with Walt Disney World vacation plans that hurricanes could cause a moment of hiccup.
Not only did Walt Disney World have to deal with COVID closures and phased reopenings in 2020 and 2021, but hurricanes and tropical storms were also raining on Disney Guests’ parades (literally!) with 21 named storms in 2021 and 30 named storms in 2020.
With just over a month away from the 2022 hurricane season, reports are now showing that according to weather predictions from AccuWeather, we can expect to see 16 to 20 named tropical systems this season.
AccuWeather further reports that they predict 6 to 8 hurricanes, giving 3 to 5 of those hurricanes a “major hurricane” label with Category 3 (winds recorded at 111 mph or higher). It is predicted that 4 to 6 of the hurricanes will impact the United States.
Of course, little do we know how these early predictions will play out and how many of them will aim for Florida, causing issues for visitors in the Walt Disney World Resort area. It is however smart to prepare if traveling during hurricane season with backup plans, trip insurance, and even plans for handling being away from coastal homes when traveling.
Regardless of when you travel, Disney travelers will also want to know what Disney Park attractions operate in heavy rain at Walt Disney World and how to prepare for a rainy day at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
So, what are the 2022 storm names we may be seeing in the headlines this hurricane season? The National Hurricane Center list includes Alex, Bonnie, Colin, Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston, Hermine, Ian, Julia, Karl, Lisa, Martin, Nicole, Owen, Paula, Richard, Shary, Tobias, Virginie, and Walter (yes, we caught the “Gaston” Disney name in there!)
If we should need more names than pulled from the list above, the hurricane spillover name list includes Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Elsa, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Julian, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor, and Wanda.
If planning your visit to Walt Disney World between June 1 and November 30, be sure to check out Disney’s Hurricane Policy and have all your ducks in a row just in case one of these storms happens to sneak up on your Disney World vacation.