Hurricane Matthew - Latest impacts to Walt Disney World operations

Oct 07, 2016 in "Severe Weather impacts to Walt Disney World"

Posted: Friday October 7, 2016 10:31am EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

Overnight, the theme park areas faired better than expected, with Hurricane Matthew tracking slight further east than forecast.

Due to the change in track, wind speeds of 40mph were significantly less than anticipated, as was the accompanying rainfall.

Disney has not yet issued any further updates today, with all parks and Disney Springs currently closed.

Hurricane Preparedness crews will be inside the parks assessing damage and carrying out cleanup, with a view to returning to normal operations as soon as possible.

At Orlando International Airport, all flights have been cancelled for today, October 7, with flights expected to resume on the morning of October 8.

Walt Disney World Closures for Friday October 7

  • Magic Kingdom
  • Epcot
  • Hollywood Studios
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Typhoon Lagoon
  • Blizzard Beach
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports
  • Disney Springs
  • Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf
  • Winter Summerland Miniature Golf
  • Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party cancelled
  • Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon
  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue and Mickey's Backyard BBQ cancelled through Sunday
  • Spirit of Aloha Dinner show at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort cancelled
  • Characters in Flight at Disney Springs closed through to Sunday
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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.