Walt Disney World now under a Hurricane Warning triggering Disney's Hurricane Cancellation Policy

Sep 27, 2022 in "Severe Weather impacts to Walt Disney World"

Posted: Tuesday September 27, 2022 5:20pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Warning for much of Central Florida, including Orange County, home of Walt Disney World.

A Hurricane Warning means hurricane-force winds are expected somewhere within this area within the next 36 hours.

With Walt Disney World now under a Hurricane Warning, Disney's hurricane cancellation policy comes into effect, allowing guest to cancel trips without penalty. Learn more about Walt Disney World's Hurricane Cancellation Policy.

Here is the full notice from the National Weather Service.


A Hurricane Warning means hurricane-force winds are expected somewhere within this area within the next 36 hours.

- LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Equivalent Strong Tropical Storm force wind
- Peak Wind Forecast: 55-65 mph with gusts to 80 mph
- Window for Tropical Storm force winds: Wednesday morning until Thursday evening

- The wind threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment.
- PLAN: Plan for life-threatening wind of equivalent CAT 1 or 2 hurricane force.
- PREPARE: Remaining efforts to protect life and property should be urgently completed. Prepare for considerable wind damage.
- ACT: Move to safe shelter before the wind becomes hazardous.

- Considerable roof damage to sturdy buildings, with some having window, door, and garage door failures leading to structural damage. Mobile homes severely damaged, with some destroyed. Damage accentuated by airborne projectiles. Locations may be uninhabitable for weeks.
- Many large trees snapped or uprooted along with fences and roadway signs blown over.
- Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban or heavily wooded places. Several bridges, causeways, and access routes impassable.
- Large areas with power and communications outages.

- LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Flood Watch is in effect
- Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 15-20 inches, with locally higher amounts

- The flooding rain threat has increased from the previous assessment.
- PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for extreme flooding from heavy rain. Evacuations and rescues are likely.
- PREPARE: Urgently consider protective actions from extreme and widespread rainfall flooding.
- ACT: Heed any flood watches and warnings. Failure to take action will likely result in serious injury or loss of life.

- POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Devastating to Catastrophic
- Extreme rainfall flooding may prompt numerous evacuations and rescues.
- Rivers and tributaries may overwhelmingly overflow their banks in many places with deep moving water. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may become raging rivers. In mountain areas, deadly runoff may rage down valleys while increasing susceptibility to rockslides and mudslides. Flood control systems and barriers may become stressed.
- Flood waters can enter numerous structures within multiple communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed away. Numerous places where flood waters may cover escape routes. Streets and parking lots become rivers of raging water with underpasses submerged. Driving conditions become very dangerous. Numerous road and bridge closures with some weakened or washed out.

- Situation is favorable for tornadoes

- The tornado threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment.
- PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for several tornadoes with a few possibly intense having larger damage paths.
- PREPARE: Those living in manufactured homes or on boats are urged to relocate to safe shelter before hazardous weather arrives.
- ACT: Listen for tornado watches and warnings. If a tornado warning is issued, be ready to shelter quickly.

- The occurrence of scattered tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events.
- Several places may experience tornado damage with a few spots of considerable damage, power loss, and communications failures.
- Locations could realize roofs torn off frame houses, mobile homes demolished, boxcars overturned, large trees snapped or uprooted, vehicles tumbled, and small boats tossed about. Dangerous projectiles can add to the toll.

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donsullivanOct 15, 2022

One more step towards recovery. They are finally reopening after the flooding from Ian.

donsullivanOct 14, 2022

A little update that the flooding behind the Magic Kingdom has finally dissipated and Reams Road has now re-opened. The impact of these storms last much longer than the national news coverage. Bay Court is the entrance road for the residential community in the city of Bay Lake to the east of the North Service Area. Floridian Place runs along the west side of the CM parking lot.

JoeCamelOct 13, 2022

Hero's all, they come from all over leaving their families behind to help people they don't know in terrible conditions because they know if the situation was reversed locals would be at their door asking to help.. The cooperation agreements and planning for major disruptions is amazing to see. Thank you from me to them

Vegas Disney FanOct 12, 2022

It’s amazing how quickly we can do things when the will is there, the news was saying it would take months to restore the bridge, they managed it in just over a week. It’s also encouraging to see how good people really are, we usually highlight the bad people so it’s easy to forget the majority truly are good people.

drizgirlOct 12, 2022

Truly heartwarming. I'm tearing up.

drizgirlOct 12, 2022

That's amazing. The cavalry has arrived. 😍

DryerLintFanOct 12, 2022

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=pfbid0S9XoNHGw9veKtXer5tAEtdpzPevBw1wLk9HZ781Tde5FXsdHwfHguQPMfAtonFXWl&id=1522890978 Not sure if FB videos work here but this was really moving ❤️ One by one they go, restoring power and hope.

DryerLintFanOct 12, 2022

The bridge to Sanibel Island yesterday morning ❤️

SoFloMagicOct 07, 2022

Too busy fighting the largest private employer in the state during special sessions of legislature instead of using those special sessions for insurance reform as previously announced.

John park hopperOct 06, 2022

I posted this before after hurricane Hugo we were inundated with supposed roofers and contractors that did shoddy work and then left the state. Th homeowner was left holding the bag not getting what they paid for.. Beware and know who you are hiring to do the work and never ever pay up front.

LilofanOct 05, 2022

Your example of $20K check from the insurance company is reality. Then enter the crooked money hungry roofers who prey on the desperate homeowners. To get the roof done it won't cost $20K but $30K. Dont like it? Then hope that blue tarp that covers the open gaps of the damaged roof doesn't leak water into the house in future rain storms.

Vegas Disney FanOct 05, 2022

I don’t know the specifics but why aren’t they mirroring the regulations of the other 49 states that aren’t resulting in 80% of lawsuits? The articles I’m reading say Florida accounts for 9% of policies but 79% of lawsuits, and the insurance companies spend billions every year fighting those lawsuits so they lose even if they win. Mirroring the regulations of the other states that aren’t bankrupting insurers seems a good place to start.

DryerLintFanOct 05, 2022

How do you propose they fix it? Right now in PG and FMB and Naples you have hundreds of people with damage to their property. Before Ian hit the area already had labor and material shortages for construction and new builds took years. So there's a huge influx of help coming from arround the country. General contractors, electricians, plumbers, and crooks. You have a ton of desperate home owners who want to get their homes restored, and a ton of strangers in the area who SAY they are legitimate construction workers. There's no way to really check references, no way to ask your neighbor if they're any good, and if they screw up they can't be contacted again because they aren't from the area. So the homeowner gets a check for $20k from insurance for a new roof, let's say, and they get a new roof from a perfectly legitimate looking company that charitably came all the way from Texas to help the area recover. But they do such crappy work that the insurance company, upon inspection, will not reinsure the home unless the roof is replaced again, but now the homeowner has no money. They can't get the money back because that company ghosted them and their contact information now goes nowhere. At least this is the scenario I'm hearing is playing out again and again. We plan on waiting before replacing our pool cage until the company that put it up can replace it. So we'll spend this winter with the alligators and snakes and noseeums 😭😭 but it sure beats being swindled.

DryerLintFanOct 05, 2022

Well now that it's allowed it's no fun 😂