Disney World Issues Statement in Lieu of Tropical Storm

Tower of Terror
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Tropical Storm Idalia is heading for Florida, and Disney World is taking precautions. The state of Florida has entered hurricane season, and the first tropical storm, Idalia, is underway. Hurricane season begins on June 1 and can run through to November 30. That said, hurricanes typically have had the most activity from August to October.

All news channels are reporting on the storm as it nears. According to CNN, Idalia is to “bring life-threatening and potentially catastrophic storm surge, winds and flooding rainfall to Florida’s Gulf Coast starting Tuesday into Wednesday.” Additionally, Governor Ron DeSantis has urged residents to comply with evacuation and seek safety during the next few days.

Walt Disney World Entrance

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Although Walt Disney World sits in the center of the state, in Orlando, Florida, a storm of this capacity can still cause negative effects. As we just saw last week, tropical storm Hilary barreled towards Southern California. Disneyland Resort took extra precautions and closed early to ensure the safety of Cast Members and Guests. Now, Walt Disney World is keeping an eye on tropical storm Idalia in the event they need to do the same.

Walt Disney World Takes Precaution

Last updated on August 28, 2023, at 3:00 p.m., Disney World released a statement to all Guests and Cast Members. The statement reads,

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.

As the storm continues, those Guests planning to visit Disney World this week can check back on Disney’s website for updates. Furthermore, Gotta Go Orlando added, “The Resort has also reassured concerned guests that they can reschedule their upcoming trip or cancel their stay with all customary cancellation fees to be waived.” 

disneyland in the rain

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While hurricanes and natural disasters are something not even the magic of Disney can control, Disney always puts an emphasis on safety for its staff and visitors. Although bad weather may put a damper on a Disney trip, the importance is the safety of all those affected by the tropical storm underway.
As the storm progresses, check back with Disney Tips for updates on tropical storm Idalia.

About Sarahfina LoFaso

Sarahfina is an author, and adjunct professor with a passion for writing and of course, all things Disney! Cinderella is her favorite princess and movie, both the animated and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1997 version. In close second place is Hercules, tied with Saving Mr. Banks. Sarahfina enjoys writing about the history of Walt Disney and all the parks, along with food, dining, and resorts. Her favorite ride is the Tower of Terror, and her favorite restaurant right now is the San Angel Inn, in EPCOT. Most importantly, her must-have snack every Disney trip is the controversial turkey leg, because it reminds her of her family trips as a kid with her grandparents.