Hurricane Warnings and Disney ~ FAQ

Useful Information!

As some of you already know, Hurricane Irma is off the coast with concerns that it may be headed straight towards Florida later this week.  Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in Florida this evening, just in case it’s needed and Irma touches land here.  We are still watching and waiting to hear more, but I’ve already been getting messages from readers regarding the possible threats of severe weather so close to Disney World.  Here’s what Disney’s site says regarding Hurricanes~

“What does it mean for my vacation plans if a hurricane warning is issued within 7 days of my arrival date?”

If a hurricane warning is issued by the National Hurricane Center for the Orlando area—or for your place of residence—within 7 days of your scheduled arrival date, 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.

If you have products and services provided by third-party suppliers included in your vacation—such as airlines, hotels, car rental agencies or vacation insurance companies—you will continue to be responsible for any non-refundable payments, as well as cancellation or change fees assessed by those suppliers. The policy does not apply to certain special events or dining experiences.

This policy also applies to Disney’s Vero Beach Resort or Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort in the event a hurricane warning is issued for those destinations. If you have questions or you wish to reschedule your vacation due to a hurricane warning, please call (407) 939-7675.

I know last year during Hurricane Matthew, Disney did an amazing job and guests were well accommodated during the storm. We live ten minutes from Disney property, and we never lost power or had any major issues. That was last year though. Currently, we’re not hearing anything too alarming for Orlando, but we’re keeping an eye on the news and such, and if and when we hear any important news, we will be sure to pass it along. For now, there’s nothing major to report. Stay tuned to TMSM this week for more updates on Hurricane Irma as we hear them.

*When in doubt, please call Disney directly to get additional info!

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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