Flooding impacting travel along Buena Vista Drive

Nov 25, 2014 in "Severe Weather impacts to Walt Disney World"

Posted: Tuesday November 25, 2014 1:57pm EST by WDWMAGIC Staff

If you are traveling around Walt Disney World property this afternoon plan to avoid Buena Vista Drive.

Flooding from today's heavy rainfall is causing traffic to be diverted - so expect delays and detours to be in effect. Buena Vista Drive runs right through the middle of property, alongside Blizzard Beach, Coronado Springs, the Studios, Epcot, Caribbean Beach Resort, and Downtown Disney.

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prberkNov 26, 2014

I'll bet you needed a boat (or a Nautilus sub) to get through Tomorrowland. It always floods there during heavy rains.

ScuttleNov 26, 2014

Still going strong.

hopemaxNov 26, 2014

My flight left MCO at 8:45 this morning, on time. When I landed and texted my Mom, she said I was lucky to get out when I did. I knew it was raining, but never paid attention outside the window at the terminal to how heavy. When we took off, it was pretty bumpy and the flight attendants were in their seats much longer than usual. Looking at the flight stat page, it looks like my plane made it off the ground by about an hour before the delays started.

jgj123Nov 25, 2014

We were on Jingle Cruise and had just left the dock when the rains and thunder started. At the end of the cruise we had to wait maybe five minutes or so by Trader Sam-ta and when we finally docked it turned out we were the last cruise before the storm. They gave us a fast pass good for one of six rides through Nov. 30 and we made a dash to Pirates. After Pirates, we got a few new ponchos and while waiting I got a tornado alert on my phone. The rain was coming down in buckets and a part of the path between Pirates and Frontier Land flooded as water tried to run off. All outdoor rides closed unti almost noon when the lightening threat subsided - just in time for our 7DMTfast pass. At The Magic Kingdom it was just heavy rain and lightening, no high winds. We did monitor the weather with our weather apps and never felt there was a serious threat at the park

Mike CNov 25, 2014

A few residents near the parks have Weather Underground personal weather stations http://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=KFLWINDE7 is one behind the magic Kingdom, which shows about 3 1/2 inches of rain Another one next to Universal http://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=KFLORLAN113 Has 5 ! Inches of rain. I'm sure parts of Uni were wading today. (And still more rain coming)

Cmdr_CrimsonNov 25, 2014

Just watching the DTD Webcam and I can't even see Epcot...

ScuttleNov 25, 2014

This is crazy. It hasn't stopped raining since 7am. Still going strong.

marni1971Nov 25, 2014

I was witness to a funnel cloud over Epcot in 2001. Found out later the park was evaced into the designated buildings.

psherman42Nov 25, 2014

As far as I know it's never happened, but yes, there is an evacuation procedure in place that if there was a big enough threat of bad weather or anything else, guests would be brought into the tunnel.

wdwmagicNov 25, 2014

Severe Thunderstorm warning issued for the theme park areas

JakesterNov 25, 2014

Drove between All Stars to Bonnet Creek and didn't notice any flooding about an hour ago

rct247Nov 25, 2014

Magic Kingdom received a lot of rain and lightning, but not much in terms of high winds or hail. The rain rate was so heavy that many areas of the park flooded until the drains could catch up. Other than outdoor operations going down for the lightning, there were no other weather related guest impacts with the tornado warning.

wdwmagicNov 25, 2014

Anyone been along Buena Vista? How bad are things?

Tom MorrowNov 25, 2014

The air outside feels like the worst of the worst summer days. Hard to believe not too long ago we had winter coats on.