Planning on Traveling To Walt Disney World During Hurricane Season? Since Disney World opened in 1971, the theme park has only closed 5 times due to hurricanes.
Disney World Closure History:
- 1999 for Hurricane Floyd
- September 11, 2011 parks were evacuated and closed remainder of day
- 2004 for Hurricane Frances
- 2004 for Hurricane Jeanne
- 2016 for Hurricane Matthew
- 2017 for Hurricane Irma
So should you be concerned when you book travel dates during Hurricane season (June to November)? Not really. Disney actually has a Hurricane Policy in place to deal with these acts of nature.
If a hurricane warning is issued by the National Hurricane Center for either Orlando or your hometown, you may call in advance to reschedule or cancel your Walt Disney Travel Company Magic Your Way vacation package and most room only reservations (booked directly with Disney) without any cancellation or change fees imposed by Disney. Unfortunately, Disney World is not responsible for 3rd party expenses such as air fair, car rentals etc. and they will need to be contacted separately.
At least one named storm makes landfall in Florida each year. While we can all hope that it never makes landfall during our travel dates, it is important to be an informed traveler. You can read all about Disney’s Hurricane policy on their site.
If you do travel during a date when the parks are closed due to inclement weather, Disney World may impose a curfew for guests safety. In the past they have waived the cost of movie rentals in room and brought in characters for entertainment at hotel lobbies.