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Disneyland Closing Early Due to Hurricane

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Disneyland is set to close early as they find the Parks on the path of Hurricane Hilary. The Park is located in Anaheim, California only 26 miles from Los Angeles, where the hurricane is looking to land. The Category 4 hurricane is being closely monitored by National Weather Service and now Disneyland too.

In lue of the safety of Guests and Cast Members, early closure at the Parks seems like the right move. “Although the rare and dangerous storm has been downgraded to a category two storm, California residents are being warned as conditions are still expected to deteriorate rapidly once the storm arrives,” Disney Dining writes.

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Regardless, Disneyland has its Disney family on alert for any updates pertaining to the Parks. While the Parks will have an earlier closure, the Resorts will still stay open to serve their Guests. Disneyland’s website reads,

We are closely monitoring Hurricane Hilary and making adjustments based on the latest information from the National Weather Service. Disneyland Resort theme parks will close early tomorrow, Sunday Aug. 20, with Disney California Adventure Park closing at 9 p.m. and Disneyland Park closing at 10 p.m,”

 

Furthermore, “The Downtown Disney District will close at 11 p.m. Our resort hotels will remain open to serve our guests staying with us on property.”

“We are expecting a rare and dangerous rainfall event with significant flash flooding, river flooding, mudslides, and debris flows, as well as the potential for wind damage from strong, tropical-storm-force winds,” News Weather Service confirmed. Additionally, USA Today reported residents should brace for power outages and possible isolated tornadoes.

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For residents and travelers, it’s important to note flight changes and cancellations. According to The New York Times, “Major carriers are waiving change fees for flights scheduled through this weekend to or from Los Cabos Airport, with varying restrictions.” As Disneyland wrote, they will continue to update their website with any changes.

Disney fans alike hope for the safety of all residents, Guests, and Cast Members during this weather impact.

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.