Atlantic hurricane season is upon us, and with it comes the potential for severe weather to hit the Walt Disney World Resort or impact your travel plans to and from your upcoming Disney vacation.
Tropical Depression Nine is currently the main focus that the National Hurricane Center is tracking near Florida for the week ahead, with its forecast bringing the potential for up to a Category 3 hurricane if the storm were to make landfall next week.
The path of the storm still has time to change, but according to the most recent data it is on track to become a hurricane if it continues its current path. WESH.com reports that Tropical Depression Nine had been heading northwest with maximum winds reaching 35 miles per hour. Current stats show it heading to tropical storm territory by Friday, with the potential to strengthen through Category 1 and 2 hurricane statuses by Tuesday, September 27, 2022.
Given the way the storm is trending, the National Hurricane Center recommends that all Florida residents and visitors prepare with supplies in case it makes landfall. For Guests at Walt Disney World, there are systems in place to keep you safe should a hurricane impact your vacation, however, having some extra supplies in your hotel room (especially food and water) never hurts.
In the event of severe weather at Walt Disney World, be sure to follow all Cast Member instructions. There are certain buildings in each of the theme parks that are designated as storm shelters, so you may be asked to move to one of these locations before heading to other areas or home from the Parks. And at the Resorts, Cast Members will instruct you when you should stay indoors and take additional precautions due to a hurricane.
If you are traveling to or from Orlando during a storm like this, we strongly recommend checking all of your travel arrangements. Whether or not you have purchased any kind of insurance, it always helps to know what the procedure would be in the event of canceled flights, extended rental car use, etc…
We will continue to monitor Tropical Depression Nine as the storm makes its way near the Florida coast, and will provide updates as we have them here on Disney Tips. In the meantime, stay safe, and have a magical vacation!