Official Walt Disney World Hurricane Irma Update

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As we wait and prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irma, we pray that everyone stays safe and informed. This is the official update from the Walt Disney World Resort.

Walt Disney World Resort is taking the necessary steps to maintain the safety of our Guests and Cast Members. As a reminder, hurricane information and forecasts change frequently. Based on information from the National Weather Service, we are making the best possible decisions today based on available data, including the hurricane’s path, potential mandatory curfews and other community guidelines. After the storm passes, we will need ample time to assess any impacts throughout our property and will provide updates as soon as possible.

Based on the latest forecasts for Hurricane Irma and keeping safety top of mind, Walt Disney World Theme Parks, Disney Springs, Water Parks, and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will begin a phased closure to be completed by 9 PM on Saturday, 9/9. These areas will remain closed through Monday, Sept.11 with the hope of resuming operations on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Check the Walt Disney World Resort website for updates: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com

The phased closures are as follows:

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach: Closed as of Friday, 9/8 – Monday, 9/11
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon: Closing Saturday 9/9 at 5 PM – Monday, 9/11
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports: Closed on Saturday, 9/9 – Monday, 9/11
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Closing on Saturday, 9/9 at 7 PM – Monday, 9/11
  • The Saturday, 9/9 Rivers of Light performance is canceled.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Closing on Saturday, 9/9 at 7 PM – Monday, 9/11
  • The Saturday, 9/9 Fantasmic! and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular performances are canceled.
  • Epcot: Closing on Saturday, 9/9 at 9 PM – Monday, 9/11
  • The Saturday, 9/9 Illuminations Reflections of Earth performance is canceled.
  • Magic Kingdom: Closing on Saturday, 9/9 at 9 PM – Monday, 9/11
  • The Saturday, 9/9 Happily Ever After fireworks performance is canceled.
  • Disney Springs: Closing on Saturday, 9/9 at 9 PM – Monday 9/11
  • Staggered closings allow us to help Guests depart in a more organized way that keeps their safety top of mind. It also takes into account the various logistical needs of Guests staying at our resorts, including dining, transportation and more.

**Our goal is to re-open on Tuesday after assessing any storm impacts.

TRANSPORTATION
Transportation systems are impacted at various wind speeds. At Walt Disney World Resort:

  • Ferry Boats will not operate in winds over 20 mph.
  • Monorail and buses will not operate in tropical storm force winds, which is over 39 mph. These transportation systems will stop operating Saturday night after Disney Springs and the Walt Disney World theme parks close.
  • We encourage all Cast Members to monitor storm conditions and not travel to work if conditions are unsafe.
  • According to Orange County Emergency Management, transportation during curfews is restricted except for individuals commuting to and from places of work, fire, police, emergency and hospital services, medical patients, utility emergency repairs and emergency calls by physicians within the curfew zone.

RESORTS

  • Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is evacuating Guests by Friday, 9/8 at 2 PM.
  • Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort is evacuating Guests by Saturday, 9/9 at 10 AM.
  • Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is closed. This includes all special events and entertainment through Monday, 9/11. Continue to check for updates.
  • Spirit of Aloha dinner shows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort will be cancelled on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
  • All spa locations will remain open Saturday and will be closed Sunday and Monday.
  • Boardwalk Promenade entertainment and food and beverage offerings may be limited during the storm. More details will be provided later.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Guests are strongly encouraged to enjoy food and beverage offerings at the parks and Disney Springs before returning to their Resorts.

Hurricane Irma is projected to be an extended storm. Guests are also encouraged to stock up on provisions such as snacks and bottled beverages before returning to to their Resorts.

Please continue to monitor DisneyWorld.com and My Disney Experience app for the latest updated and information.

The state of Florida’s Emergency Hotline is also available and can be reached
at 1-800-342-3557.




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I'm a native Floridian, Wife and Mother that enjoys writing all about the great places and activities there are to do in Central Florida. I'm a past Walt Disney World Cast Member, current Annual Passholder to many of the local theme parks and I enjoy spending lot's of quality time with my family and friends.
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I'm a native Floridian, Wife and Mother that enjoys writing all about the great places and activities there are to do in Central Florida. I'm a past Walt Disney World Cast Member, current Annual Passholder to many of the local theme parks and I enjoy spending lot's of quality time with my family and friends.