Hurricane Matthew to impact the theme parks later this week

Oct 04, 2016 in "Severe Weather impacts to Walt Disney World"

Posted: Tuesday October 4, 2016 1:30pm EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

Hurricane Matthew is expected to impact the theme park areas later this week, with overnight Thursday into Friday likely to be the most critical.

According to the National Hurricane Center:

"Hurricane conditions are possible within the hurricane watch area in Florida by late Thursday, with tropical storm conditions possible by early Thursday. Tropical storm condition are also possible in the Florida tropical storm watch area by early Thursday."

The storm is currently moving at 10mph in a northern direction, with maximum sustained winds of 145mph.

At Epcot, Disney has moved up production of The Chew, which is taping as part of Food and Wine Festival. Two shows will be taped this afternoon, with park guests able to attend on a first-come first-served basis.

As always, Disney is monitoring the weather situation, but as of now has not yet indicated any operational changes. Although that is likely to change as the week progresses.

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LAKid53Oct 16, 2016

Yup, that would do it

21stampsOct 16, 2016

Probably because of screaming kids and complaining parents ;)

LAKid53Oct 16, 2016

OMG, he was spot on. Too funny. But why does Mickey look so sad?

LAKid53Oct 16, 2016

I was kind. I even gave your Canes some credit.

21stampsOct 16, 2016

Ha ha. Here's the article, I had shared it on fb a few years ago. It's an amusing (and frighteningly accurate) read. Lol @Tony the Tigger you may enjoy this. P.s. My heart is still pounding from the game.. Take it easy on my poor soul ;)

LAKid53Oct 16, 2016

Hey, it's only the Legislature that's dumb! You've made my day. Arguably the best maps of Florida ever. Wonder which town has all those cult-like football fans.... :hilarious: Just saw your post on football...getting ready to head over to that thread for some smack talking. Just warning you.

BaconOct 16, 2016

Remember the new jersey one saying it wasn't as bad but its still bad and im praying for them :( #prayformatthewvictums

peter11435Oct 16, 2016

Yeah... Over 1,000 people killed is nothing...

BaconOct 16, 2016

Im so done no one understands what i mean bye!

21stampsOct 16, 2016

Here are a few of my favorite Florida maps... ;)

LAKid53Oct 16, 2016


LAKid53Oct 16, 2016

Very, very true. And depending on the part of North Florida, you are either in FloGeorgia (my part) or FlorBama (Crestview west to Pensacola). Yes sir, South Florida may be urban, international and cosmopolitan, but up here in redneck territory, we like our alcohol to be Bud, not Merlot......

21stampsOct 16, 2016

I still don't understand what Disney failed to do in this situation. The majority of personal accounts/articles/fb posts that I have read were praising Disney for how they handled the guests on Thursday and Friday. You're always going to have a few complainers who think they weren't coddled enough.

SorcererMCOct 16, 2016

I concur on this - there was a January 2016 reorg where each hotel was given a general manager. I'm fairly sure (as you said) that Disney would have an overarching emergency plan, but that some of the implementation went awry as managers misinterpreted, misunderstood, or lacked the 'institutional knowledge' (ie how it was followed historically). Each hotel might have their own contingencies as well (eg Fort Wilderness). Quote for emphasis. That's the problem - it shouldn't just be on the shelf. I would think that dragging out the binder would happen in May during Natl Hurricane Preparedness Week.(?) ie recurrent as you said.