Planning a vacation to Central Florida between the dates of June 1 and Nov. 30 can be tricky. Especially since this time of year is during hurricane season. You have enough to worry about when planning your vacation and chances are the last thing you want to worry about is the potential threat of a hurricane sweeping through the Central Florida area.
Take a deep breath and continue planning your vacation because you have nothing to worry about if planning on visiting the Walt Disney World Resorts during this time of year. Here is why:
The first reason is that the Walt Disney World Resorts are named as being a StormReady Commercial Site by the National Weather Service. This list recognizes the company as being well prepared to handle a weather-related emergency. This was proven to be true in 2004 when the Central Florida attraction was hit by three hurricanes back-to-back – Charley, Frances and Jeanne.
During the 2004 storm season, many coastal city residents, were forced to evacuate during Frances and Jeanne. We were some of them. So we packed out bags and decided to stay at the Walt Disney World Resorts. We were not alone. While there we discovered this was the perfect place to evacuate, especially with little kids. While there we were given up-to-date communications about the storms through voice mails and written notices about what to do during the storm.
During Jeanne we were staying at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter and were offered character meet and greets with select animated Disney characters. It kept our kids minds off of the storm and made being cooped up indoors easier. The recreation team also offered family-fun activities in the lobby.
As I experienced first-hand, the Walt Disney Company is serious about emergency management and through proper communication was able to keep all guests happy and calm.
The second reason you do not have to worry about visiting the Walt Disney World Resorts during hurricane season is the company’s hurricane policy. The Walt Disney World Resort’s hurricane policy officially goes into effect seven days before the scheduled arrival date of a storm as confirmed by the National Hurricane Center. It is also in effect once a hurricane warning is issued for Disney’s Vero Beach and Hilton Head resorts.
If there is a hurricane warning issued by the National Hurricane Center for Orlando or your area of residence no more than seven days prior to your arrival you can cancel your trip without any Disney-related penalties. Check with the companies of any third-party rentals, such as a rental car, for hurricane cancellation policies.
All amounts paid toward your Disney room reservations, theme park tickets, Disney Dining Plans or any Disney-related items can be put toward your re-scheduled Disney vacation. Keep in mind, when rescheduling your Walt Disney World vacation, dates are not guaranteed and are dependent upon availability.
If you booked your Disney vacation through the Walt Disney Travel Company, the company will handle all cancellations and changes. However, you will be responsible for any third-party cancellation fees, including airfare. If you did not book your trip through the Walt Disney World Travel Company, check with your travel agent for hurricane cancellation policies, as they may be different.
For more information about the Walt Disney World Resort’s hurricane policy call 407-W-Disney.
Stay safe and happy vacationing!