There are many considerations when planning a trip to Walt Disney World Resort. There are also many things to be worried about, such as losing luggage, beating crowds, staying on budget, and avoiding heat issues and extreme thunderstorms.
But there’s a new warning coming to Orlando visitors…air quality.
Disney Air Quality
According to AirNow.gov, the current air quality, the AQI (Air Quality Index) for Orlando, Florida, was at 154 yesterday (October 3), putting it in the red category.
The primary pollutants were fine particles (PM2.5), likely due to Canadian wildfire smoke. Due to these officially “unhealthy” air levels, many in Central Florida were recommended to stay indoors.
A moderate AQI of 59 is also a particle in dust and smoke known as PM10.
The combination of these two pollutants being higher than usual can cause concerns for those in the Orlando area and visiting Walt Disney World Resort.
What Can You Do?
If you are in Walt Disney World Resort, there are some suggestions on how to keep yourself and others safe when air quality is a major concern.
According to AirNow.gov, the issue of air quality is of most concern to individuals with existing health conditions. This would include people with heart or lung disease as well as guests such as older adults, young children, and teens.
Suggestions to help deal with air quality issues for those at higher risk include:
- Avoid strenuous outdoor activities.
- Keeping outdoor activities short.
- Moving physical activities indoors where quality is better or rescheduling them.
Meanwhile individuals at lower risk can also take the following precautions:
- Choosing less strenuous activities (walking instead of running) to minimize heavy breathing.
- Shortening active time outdoors.
- Waiting until air quality improves before going outside.
Impact on Walt Disney World Resort
Hazy conditions can be experienced in and around Walt Disney World Resort over the next few days. Although the Disney World air quality has improved since yesterday (October 3), guests should still be prepared to adjust travel plans if necessary.
There will also likely be less rain in the area during the next few days, which is unusual for this time of year at Walt Disney World Resort.
Florida’s air quality will only improve over the next few weeks. Until then, you can use a weather app to check current air quality conditions or the local news.
Taking a break by staying at your hotel and waiting for the air to clear up can help make all the difference. The problem of air quality also applies to guests visiting Universal Studios, SeaWorld, and other Florida theme parks.