Travel If Hurricane Irma Forces Walt Disney World To Close—They Have A Plan

09:31  07 september  2017
09:31  07 september  2017 Source:   Southern Living

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Hurricane Irma , which has already caused the cancellation of three Disney Dream cruises, is now sparking concerns that Disney World could be forced to close if the storm moves toward central Florida. Since being opened nearly 50 years ago, the Walt Disney World Resort has closed only four

The Walt Disney World resort has not yet announced any closures ( they ’re pretty optimistic looking at the latest projected path), not even Update: noon Wednesday – Orange and Osceola counties are now under a hurricane warning. That means hurricane force winds are probable in the next 36 hours.

  If Hurricane Irma Forces Walt Disney World To Close—They Have A Plan © Bloomberg / Contributor With Hurricane Irma barreling towards Florida, the fate of countless amusement parks—Orlando’s Disney World chief among them—hangs in the balance. So, will they close?

So far, the Most Magical Place on Earth is open for business, though park officials are closely monitoring the situation. Disney World has only been closed four times since opening in 1971, all in anticipation of hurricanes. The most recent closure was due to Hurricane Matthew in 2016, which ended up weakening off the coast.

If your dream vacation is in jeopardy, fear not. As the Orlando Sentinel recently pointed out, Walt Disney World Resort policy allows people to reschedule or cancel their vacation packages and most room-only reservations (booked directly with Disney) without any fees if a hurricane warning is issued by National Hurricane Center for the Orlando area or a visitor’s residence within seven days of the traveler’s scheduled arrival. This policy also applies to Disney's Vero Beach Resort and Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort in the event a hurricane warning is issued for those destinations. Unfortunately it does not apply to certain special events or dining experiences.

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Walt Disney World opened in 1971, which means they ’ve endured roughly 8052 days of hurricane season. Disney World hasn’t had to close their gates often because of a hurricane , yet it has happened.

Here’s the latest info on Hurricane Irma as it relates to Walt Disney World . We're excited to partner with Kingdom Destinations to help you plan your next trip to Disney parks and experiences around the world .

On Wednesday morning Disney Tourist Blog reported that “guests are currently being allowed to cancel their vacations and receive a full refund,” adding that the wait on hold could be 2-3 hours at this point.

For assistance with your Walt Disney World visit, call (407) 939-5277.

Note: Universal Orlando Resort parks are operating as normal as they monitor the weather but visitors can reschedule or seek refunds, Orlando Sentinel reports.

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