Hurricane Idalia made landfall today in Florida as a dangerous Category 3 storm. Although Orange County, where Disney World is located, has been spared from the brunt of the storm, the area will still feel some of its impact. Heavy rains and wind gusts are to be expected.
As of right now, Walt Disney World is operating under normal conditions. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park, Winter Summerland Miniature Golf and Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf are closed but the rest of Disney World's theme parks -- Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom -- remain open.
Although those already at Walt Disney World shouldn't be affected too much by the storm, it's quite likely to disrupt travel plans. For those who are arriving this week, it's quite possible you'll face lengthy travel delays and possible cancellations.
In response to this, Disney is waiving all change and cancellation fees for check-in dates of August 28, 2023 through September 5, 2023.
Additionally, guests who are already staying at Disney Resort hotels whose travel plans have been impacted by the storm may extend their stay at a discounted rate through Thursday, August 31.
While it's probably a little late now, any Florida residents who have evacuated from the storm may receive 50 percent off Disney Resort hotel stays through the event of August 31, 2023.
If you've ever been stuck in Florida during a hurricane, Disney World is probably one of the better places to be. They are well stocked and well prepared and, in the event you do get confined to your resort, they typically offer entertainment for the kids.
As always, if you're in Orlando or traveling to Disney World this week, please be safe and take every anda ll precautions -- especially if you're driving to or from an airport to the resorts.