Disney World Closures and Cancellations Ahead of Hurricane Dorian

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September 4, 2019:  Hurricane Dorian is moving north up the coast and the sun has come out at the Magic Kingdom.


September 5, 2019: Hurricane Dorian moving north towards the Carolina’s.


September 4, 2019, 8am Update:


September 4, 2019 8am update on Hurricane Dorian’s location


September 4, 2019, 8am: Disney World Operational Update.


September 3, 2019: Very light afternoon crows at the Magic Kingdom. Over 2,000 flights into Orlando Airport cancelled.


September 3, 2019, 11am update:

PARK UPDATE: Walt Disney World has announced that instead of closing at 3:00 p.m. today, Epcot will remain open until 7:00 p.m. and Disney Springs will stay open until 8:00 p.m. All other closures and adjustments noted previously remain the same.


The Disney World theme parks will close early today – September 3, 2019 – as a result of Hurricane Dorian.



September 3, 2019, 8am

Here are the adjusted hours of operation:

Magic Kingdom: 8am to 3pm

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 7am to 3pm

Disney’s Animal Kingdom: 8am to 2pm

Epcot: 7am to 3pm

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will still continue for Monday, September 2nd, but a modified (shortened) version of the Not-So-Scary fireworks will be shown

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth has been canceled for September 3rd

Disney’s Hollywood Studios will present a modified version of Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular

The Rivers of Light show has been canceled at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for September 3rd

Disney has not made any statements as to the operational status for the theme parks beyond September 3rd and will assess the parks after the storm passes and update guests with park hours.

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September 2, 2019: Today’s Update

Hurricane Dorian

Shortened operational hours for September 3, 2019.


September 3, 2019, 10:30am: At the Magic Kingdom. Closing early today.


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The Grand Floridian car has been moved inside to keep it safe.


The Grand Floridian car, which Richard used to stand next to all day, being towed away into safe storage ahead of the hurricane’s arrival.


Storm’s a’coming!!!



September 2, 2019 forecast:  Heavy rain and wind is in the forecast for Disney World this week!

September 2, 2019, Today’s 12 p.m. Update: The National Hurricane Center shows that Hurricane Dorian remains over Grand Bahama Island and is moving WNW at 1mph. Maximum sustained winds are at 155mph with gusts up to 190mph.

The Walt Disney World Resort is partially located in both Osceola and Orange Counties and the National Weather Service has just placed both counties under Tropical Storm Warnings.

The Storm Surge Warning has been extended northward along the east coast of Florida to the Flagler/Volusia County Line.

The Hurricane Warning along the east coast of Florida has been extended northward to the Flagler/Volusia County Line.


September 2, 2019: 2pm update.

The Hurricane Watch has been extended northward to Altamaha Sound Georgia.



97 cast members who live on Castaway Cay were not evacuated by Disney prior to arrival of Hurricane Dorian.

97 cast members were NOT evacuated off Castaway Cay before Hurricane Dorian arrived and were left to rideout the storm.  The sand island has an elevation of about 12 feet at it’s highest point.

Many relatives of the Cay’s cast members were greatly concerned about their safety.


The Disney Cruise Line has issued an update to their original statement regarding their crew on Castaway Cay.


September 1st: Castaway Cay Update



A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm-force winds are expected somewhere within this area within the next 36 hours


– Orlando

– Apopka

– Christmas


– LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Equivalent Tropical Storm force wind

– Peak Wind Forecast: 35-45 mph with gusts to 65 mph

– Window for Tropical Storm force winds: Tuesday morning until Wednesday evening



– Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 3-6 inches, with locally higher amounts


September 2, 2019




Tropical Storm Warning for Orlando


September 1, 2019: Hurricane Dorian is a monster Category 5 hurricane.


September 1, 2019: Updated forecast of hurricane path.

Hurricane Dorian Updates

(8/30/19) – The National Hurricane Center issued a 5pm advisory update this afternoon. Hurricane Dorian is a Category 3 major hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph.

It is expected to impact Orlando as a Category 1 Hurricane early next week.

(8/30/19) All of Florida is under a State of Emergency

Every county in Florida is under a state of emergency as the state prepares for what may be the strongest hurricane to hit its east coast in nearly three decades.

At 115 mph, Dorian is the strongest storm of the Atlantic 2019 Hurricane Season so far. If it makes landfall as a Category 4 storm on Monday as forecast, with sustained winds of around 130 mph, it will be the strongest hurricane to strike Florida’s East Coast since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

castle Irma

Hurricane Irma Preparation, 09/09/2017, Saturday afternoon: All the scrim and banners were taken down. Tie down of all trash cans and light fixtures.

(8/30/19) – Disney Parks has issued a statement on Hurricane Dorian

Walt Disney World Resort is operating under normal conditions. We are closely monitoring the path of the projected weather, as nothing is more important than the safety of our Guests and Cast Members.  Link: Disney World Weather Updates

We are taking precautions, including cancelling weekend sporting events and closing Disney’s Blizzard Beach on Sunday.

We are also contacting Guests with current and upcoming reservations at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Copper Creek Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa and the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort to plan for anticipated weather impacts.


August 30th: Disney Parks operations statement.

(8/30/19) – Disney’s Blizzard Beach Closing

Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park will be closed September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ahead of Hurricane Dorian.  Cast members will spend Sunday securing the water parks ahead of the hurricane.  Typhoon Lagoon is operating on shortened hours, 10am – 3pm.

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Currently, Blizzard Beach is closed August 31 – September 3, 2019.


Hurricane Irma, Sept 2017:  Typhoon Lagoon preparation – all picnic tables turned over.

(8/31/19) – Updated: 

Orlando International Airport has decided to keep operations running on Monday.

The airport decided to change there plan on Saturday, which originally had them halting commercial flight operations Monday starting at 2 a.m.

Officials said they will continue to monitor Hurricane Dorian and other activity in the tropics and provide additional updates as needed.

Officials are still telling passengers to check with airlines for updates regarding specific flights.

The Daytona Beach International Airport will close at midnight on Sunday. Passengers should check with individual airlines for any changes on Sunday.

Orlando Melbourne International Airport has pushed back closing until 6 p.m. on Monday. All airline, rental car and parking operations will be suspended until Hurricane Dorian has passed.

Orlando Sanford International Airport will close Sunday, at 11:59 p.m .due to Hurricane Dorian.

To find the operating status of other major airports, visit Fly.faa.gov.

(8/30/19) – The Orlando International Airport will be ceasing flights beginning on Monday, September 2nd at 2am.

Orlando International Airport will be ceasing all commercial operations early Monday morning in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian.

Airport officials announced Friday they had decided to cease commercial flight operations at 2 a.m. Monday out of an abundance of caution. The decision came after a meeting that included aviation leaders, airline officials and federal agencies.

“Hurricane Dorian has strengthened and slowed. Our plan currently is to run full operations through Sunday,” Greater Orlando Aviation Authority CEO Phil Brown said in a statement. “We don’t know exactly where Dorian is going but we do know that it will have a significant impact on the entire state of Florida.”

Passengers are being urged to check with individual airlines for additional flight information and schedules.

(8/30/19) – Crews have begun securing the Disney Skyliner gondola system ahead of Hurricane Dorian’s arrival.

Crews were out today securing the Skyliner cables to the support beams.

All gondola cars have been removed from the cable system and are grounded to prevent excessive swinging in the wind.


All the Skyliner cars have been removed from the cable system and are being stored over at the Caribbean Beach Station this week


All the Skyliner gondolas are grounded now and the entire system will have to be reinspected by the engineers later on in the week.

(8/30/19) – Disney Cruise Line Updates Cruise Itineraries

August 30, 2019 – 5:00 p.m.:  Tropical Weather Update

We continue to closely monitor the path and progress of Hurricane Dorian to ensure our guests enjoy safe and comfortable cruises, and to make certain our ships steer clear of the storm. The safety of our guests and crew is always our foremost concern. Since all tropical storms and hurricanes are inherently unpredictable, our plans may change from day to day based on the most current information. Please check this site often for the most up to date information.

Disney Fantasy – Saturday, August 31

At this time, based on the current predicted storm timing and path, we do not anticipate any changes to the Disney Fantasy sailing on Saturday, Aug. 31.

Disney Dream – Monday, September 2

Based on our most recent conversations with ports in Florida and to help our Guests better finalize their travel plans, we have decided to turn this cruise into a two-night sailing, with an expected departure from Port Canaveral on Wednesday, September 4, and an expected return to Port Canaveral on Friday, September 6.

At this time, we anticipate Disney Dream will visit Disney Castaway Cay on Thursday, September 5, dependent on whether it is impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

Guests that choose to continue with this sailing will receive a 50% refund of your voyage fare and a $250 onboard credit per stateroom.

Guests who do not want to sail on Wednesday must call us at 866-325-3905 or 407-566-7032 by noon on Sunday, September 1. Guests will then have until October 31, 2019 to choose a new sail date. They may change their reservation to a later date without incurring a change fee, though there may be a difference in price depending on the new sailing selected.



August 31, 2019: Hurricane Dorian slowly approaching Florida.

Know your hurricanes!  The higher the number, the more damaging the winds!

Category Sustained Winds Types of Damage Due to Hurricane Winds
1 74  – 95 mph Very dangerous winds will produce some damage: Well-constructed frame homes could have damage to roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters. Large branches of trees will snap and shallowly rooted trees may be toppled. Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that could last a few to several days.
2 96 – 110 mph Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage: Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage. Many shallowly rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block numerous roads. Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks.
111 – 129 mph Devastating damage will occur: Well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads. Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes.
130 – 156 mph Catastrophic damage will occur: Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
157 mph or higher Catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months. (Hurricane Maria was a Category 5 storm that hit Puerto Rico in 2017.)

Hurricane Dorian is a monster of a hurricane!!!

Hurricane party cakes!  Only in Florida!

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Publix vs. Walmart hurricane cakes. 🙂

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More hurricane “Go Away” party cakes!!!

Hurricane Dorian cookie

Hurricane Dorian giant cookie at Publix.


Yup. This about sums up Hurricane Dorian.



August 30, 2019: Hurricane Dorian forecast path update.


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Walking around Epcot’s World Showcase in the pouring rain is still fun! 🙂

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Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Choose your footwear wisely over the next few days! Up to 6″ of rain is in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday this week!

2016 Refurbishment Closure Schedule for Disney World and Disneyland

Four Parks, One World

Four Parks, One World    (photo credit: WDW Shutterbug)

Note:  Last updated by Disney World on January 4, 2016

There’s nothing more frustrating than going all the way to Disney World for a long-planned vacation and finding out that your favorite ride or attraction is closed for refurbishment!

Disney tries to schedule most of the serious refurbishments for popular attractions during the slow, winter months. But, sometimes refurbishments and closures for repairs do get scheduled during the peak summer months.

Magic Kingdom

  • Splash Mountain- closed 1/10/2016- 1/14/2016
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin closed- 1/18/2016- 2/11/2016
  • Liberty Square Riverboat closed- 1/18/2016- 2/22/2016
  • Mad Tea Party closed- 2/22/2016- 2/26/2016
  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin closed- 1/25/2016- 2/3/2016
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: 4/4/2016 – 7/15/2016
  • Swiss Family Treehouse: 07/06/2016 – 09/24/2016
  • Liberty Square Riverboat: 08/15/2016 – 08/21/2016
  • “it’s a small world”: 08/22/2016 – 09/15/2016

Closed until July 2016!  They are upgrading the movie and adding a 3rd theater.


  • Re-Imagination of Maelstrom Oct. 15, 2014 – Apr. 30, 2016
  • Frozen Ever After: Opening May 1, 2016
  • Soarin’: Jan. 4, 2016 – Summer 2016

Hollywood Studios

Expect many closure announcements in 2016 due to the construction of Star Wars Land on the left side of the park.

  • Pizza Planet – closed 1/11/2016 – Nov. 2016
  • Phineas & Ferb Meet and Greet – closing permanently 1/5/2016
  • Lightning McQueen & Mater Meet and Greet – closing permanently 1/5/2016
  • Joffrey’s coffee kiosk – closing permanently 1/4/2016

Animal Kingdom

  • Kali River Rapids- closed 1/4/2016 – 2/11/2016
  • Maharajah Jungle Trek- closed 1/4/2016- 1/21/2016
  • Flights of Wonder- closed 1/25/2016- 3/17/2016

Mar. 10, 2015 – January 2016
The Walt Disney World Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available on their day of travel, as alternative transportation options will be available.

Blizzard Beach closes until January 2016 next week.

Blizzard Beach is now open again!

Water Parks

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park- Annual Refurbishment-  Oct. 4, 2015 – Jan. 2, 2016 (Open!)
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park- Annual Refurbishment-  Jan. 3 – Mar. 12, 2016 (Closed!)

Disney Springs Area

  • Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive  Through Mar. 2016
    Due to heavy roadwork, expect delays on Buena Vista Drive. It is recommended that Guests use complimentary Walt Disney World Resort transportation from Parks and Resorts to Downtown Disney and plan to arrive early for reserved dining and entertainment experiences.
  • Parking Lots – Entrance 2 – Lots A-G  Dec. 1, 2014 – Aug. 1, 2016
    Loss of parking lot Entrance 2 to Guest/Cast traffic and associated lots A-G in preparation for the construction of Town Center and the East Garage.
  • Fulton’s Crab House Jan. 1 – Apr. 1, 2016
  • Planet Hollywood Jan. 1 – Jun. 1, 2016


Disney’s Boardwalk Inn

  • Exterior Repair and Painting Aug. 17, 2015 – May 5, 2016

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

  • General Construction through Early 2016
    During this time, Guests will observe construction taking place and certain pathways and buildings may be unavailable.
  • East Pool Through Early 2016
    Closed for enhancement. Guests may see or hear work in progress.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

  • General Resort Refurbishments Oct. 2, 2015 through 2017
    Due to multiple resort refurbishment projects, Guests will notice construction work in various areas. Noise may be overheard while this work is being completed, but construction will not begin until after 9 a.m.
  • Certain pathways, including the nature trail, will be unavailable. Oct. 2, 2015 – 2017
  • The Hidden Springs leisure pool area (the leisure pool at The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge), resort beach, playground and Recreation fire pit will be unavailable. Oct. 26, 2015 – 2017

Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel

  • Guest Room Renovations  June 2016 – September 2016
    Renovation work is scheduled to take place between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. No guests will be accommodated in the renovation area as to minimize impact on the guest experience.


The Diamond Celebration begins May 22, 2015!

The Diamond Celebration began May 22, 2015 and goes until September 5, 2016!


With the construction of the new Star Wars Land beginning in January 2016, Disneyland will be closing many attractions, sometimes for a long period of time!

Disneyland Park

  • Autopia:  1/11/16 – 4/2/16
  • Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes:  1/11/16 – 4/2/17
  • Disneyland Railroad Main Street Station:  1/11/16 – 4/2/16
  • Disneyland Railroad Mickey’s Toontown:  1/11/16 – 4/2/17
  • Disneyland Railroad New Orleans Square Station:  1/11/16 – 4/2/17
  • Disneyland Railroad Tomorrowland Station:  1/11/16 – 4/2/17
  • Sailing Ship Columbia:  1/11/16 – 4/2/17
  • Haunted Mansion:  1/11/16 – 1/22/16
  • Jungle Cruise:  1/11/16 – 4/2/16
  • Mark Twain Riverboat: 1/11/16 – 4/2/17
  • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island:  1/11/16 – 4/2/17
  • Fantasmic!  1/11/16 – 7/2/17
  • it’s a small world:  1/25/16 – 2/6/16
  • Splash Mountain: 2/8/16 – 4/18/16
  • Big Thunder Ranch:  Closing January 11, 2016

Disney California Adventure

  • Grizzly River Run:  1/11/16 – 1/14/16
  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug!:  1/13/16 – 1/22/16
  • World of Color :  1/19/16 – 2/2/16
  • Soarin’ Over California:  1/4/16-1/23/16 ,1/25/16-1/29/16, 2/1/16-2/5/16, 2/8/16-2/12/16, 2/15/16-2/19/16, 2/22/16-2/26/16
  • Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular:  Closing January 11, 2016
  • Olaf’s Snow Fest: Closing January 7, 2016

 From Disney: “Information and dates subject to change without notice. Last updated January 4, 2016.


Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.


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