Disney Battens Down the Hatches as Hurricane Intensifies

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Walt Disney World Resort visitors and Florida residents are keeping a sharp eye on Hurricane Idalia as the tropical storm (which is indeed expected to make landfall and in turn become classified as a hurricane) heads closer to Disney World in Central Florida.

A Hurricane on Hump Day?

Tropical storm Idalia and soon-to-be Hurricane Idalia is expected to approach Florida from the Gulf Coast first, make landfall on Wednesday as a Category 3 weather event, and then hit Disney World.

As of 10 a.m. on August 29, the Disney website reports that “Walt Disney World is currently operating under normal conditions.”

“We are closely monitoring the path of the projected weather as we continue to prioritize the safety of our Guests and Cast Members,” the website continues.

Tropical Storm Idalia

Credit: National Hurricane Center

Deadline: 6 p.m. Tonight

However, Disney has recently added a crucial update for Disney Resort guests who are enjoying the amenities at Disney’s Fort Wilderness & Campground!

Obviously, anyone camping is in a far more hazardous situation than anyone taking shelter in buildings or structures. Tents and trailers don’t hold up well against weather like hurricanes and tornadoes, so Disney has now issued the following warning!

“For Guests staying at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground: As we continue to monitor the weather, we are asking that all Fort Wilderness Guests remove and stow all outside items, including tents and dĂ©cor, and take in camper awnings by 6 PM on Tuesday, August 29,” the Disney World website now reads.

Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

Credit: Disney

Need to Make Changes? Call This Number

Disney has also listed a phone number (407) 939-2744) for Disney Resort guests (or anyone who was about to come to Disney World) who want “to depart early or discuss alternate options for [their vacations].”

Are you currently visiting Walt Disney World Resort and staying at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground? If you are, pay attention to Disney World’s warning for campers!

Fort Wilderness Signage

Credit Campendium

You can also enjoy a pleasant distraction by watching this adorable new arrival at Fort Wilderness — or just by thanking your lucky stars that you didn’t have to deal with something like a hurricane while literally giving birth at the Disney Resort like this woman recently did.

Disney Fanatic will continue to keep readers informed about this tropical storm, particularly if it transforms into Hurricane Idalia, as it is expected to do!

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!

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