Smoke from Canadian wildfires chokes air quality at Walt Disney World

Oct 03, 2023 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Tuesday October 3, 2023 3:40pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Air quality at Walt Disney World is below normal levels today as Central Florida is feeling impacts from wildfires in Canada.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection is currently reporting a U.S. Air Quality Index of 117 (unhealthy for sensitive groups) for Walt Disney World, with PM2.5 particles as the primary pollutant. This is a marked change from the usual AQI of around 20.

Much of Florida is classified as "unhealthy," with AQI levels above 150.

PM2.5 particles are fine airborne particles with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or smaller, and pose health risks when inhaled due to their ability to penetrate deep into the respiratory system.

Experts suggest sensitive groups remaining indoors in an area with filtered air, reducing activity levels, and wearing N95 masks if outdoors for an extended period of time.

The forecast suggests that unhealthy air quality conditions will continue today and tomorrow. Normal air quality should return on Thursday.

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RhinocerousOct 05, 2023

That’s why they had to put Zootopia inside the tree.

LAKid53Oct 05, 2023


LilofanOct 05, 2023

If one wanted authenticity and to make a buck, the toilets at UK in Epcot could be pay to use just like some public toilets are in the UK.

MisterPenguinOct 05, 2023

Maybe it would help if they shaved their fur?

John park hopperOct 05, 2023

If you want clean air Bob is charging $59.99 up charge nothing is free at WDW

LAKid53Oct 05, 2023

Thanks, I know. It's much better today.

Fido ChuckwagonOct 05, 2023

Current AQI for Bay Lake, FL is 32 (Green). Looks like you guys are in the clear now. Source:

LAKid53Oct 05, 2023

Because fur people with asthma or other respiratory diseases, it's a bad thing. It was VERY hazy on Tuesday. To the point someone without allergies or asthma was suffering. The pictures from Fort Myers were bad.

some other guyOct 05, 2023

I was biking through it to work through it and I didn't die or anything but yeah, I def noticed the extra smoke in my lungs compared to my usual stock

RhinocerousOct 05, 2023

Well, Epcot already features a giant Space Ball.

Figments FriendOct 05, 2023

If that happens, we all need to salute Mr. Iger just like they do for President Skroob ! 😇 -

JoeCamelOct 05, 2023

Yeah, that's why Florida punts one up their way every so often, keeps them on their best behavior.....

DisneyDebRobOct 04, 2023

I think most concerned people care about others going through hurricanes, tornadoes..etc. Do they care as much as people actually living it? Nope. I care when people get nasty storms in Florida just as I’m sure some care when we up north get hit with nasty Nor’Easter’s. But with all people it doesn’t affect them as much as actually going through it.

BrianOct 04, 2023

Most New Yorkers don't care when Florida gets hit by a hurricane either. People tend not to care about things very much when it isn't affecting them. This is not a phenomenon which is limited to Floridians.