Hurricane Idalia is expected to make landfall today, bringing heavy winds and rain across large portions of the western coast of Florida. The hurricane is now projected to arrive as a very dangerous Category 4 storm with sustained winds of at least 130 mph.
Hurricane Idalia is shaping up to be a major storm and could bring catastrophic devastation across Florida's west coast. So what does this mean for those at Disney World?
Is Disney World closing for Hurricane Idalia?
As of right now, Disney World will remain open, despite the looming threat of Hurricane Idalia off the west coast. The official Disney World weather updates and information page was last updated on August 29, 2023 at 4:30 p.m. stating:
"Walt Disney World Resort is currently operating under normal conditions. We are closely monitoring the path of the projected weather as we continue to prioritize the safety of our Guests and Cast Members.
Although Disney World may not be in the direct path of Hurricane Idalia, Orange County, where Disney World resides, is under a tropical storm warning from the National Weather Service. While likely safe from the worst of the hurricane's destruction, Central Florida will still feel some of its impact, such as tropical force winds and heavy rainfall.
Due to the inclement weather, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon water park, Winter Summerland Miniature Golf and Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf will be closed on August 30.
It's important to note, however, that while the parks are open, some attractions may be closed due to the weather. If it's raining, many of the outdoor attractions will likely be shut down.
For many out-of-town park guests, this may be your first experience in Florida during a hurricane. It's nothing to take lightly. Even if you're not in the direct path of the hurricane, you will still feel the effects of the storm.
Even if the parks are open on August 30th and beyond during Hurricane Idalia, take extra precautions and be safe — especially if you're driving in the area.