Hurricane Matthew: Fort Wilderness Voluntary Evacuation — Disney World Not Accepting Reservations This Week

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The wonderfully helpful Annette Johnson from Mouse Trip Travel sent us this information:

Guest staying at Disney’s Fort Wilderness were contacted by Fort Wilderness staff yesterday and were strongly encouraged to voluntarily evacuate to an available room at one of the Disney World moderate hotels or a family suite at Disney’s Art of Animation resort. They were told that, depending on what Hurricane Matthew does, Disney may have to house the passengers from two of the Disney Cruise ships so they could voluntarily move now when they were guaranteed a room or wait until mandatory evacuations where there may or may not be rooms available and they could end up on a cot in one of the Disney ballrooms.

Fort Wilderness cast members were going from site to site talking to the guests there. If the guests were not available, a letter on Fort Wilderness stationery was left that reads:

October 4, 2016

Dear Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground Guest,

WE stopped by your campsite, and we’re sorry that we missed you. As you may be aware, we continue to closely monitor the progress of Hurricane Matthew.

Due to the potential inclement weather beginning Thursday evening, we ask that all Campsite Guests contact the Reception Outpost. We would like to re-confirm your plans for the next two evenings and assist you with arranging alternate accommodations.

For your continued comfort, we strongly recommend that you contact us at your earliest convenience by visiting us in person at the Reception Outpost, dialing 17 from the nearest comfort station house phone, or dialing 407-824-2727 from an outside line.

We look forward to assisting you.


John Stafford
General Manager
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

Guests scheduled to check into Fort Wilderness in the next couple of days are being told that they are monitoring the situation are advised to call today. Disney is required to evacuate Fort Wilderness when winds reach 30 mph. Since it looks like winds will probably exceed that, they will most likely be contacting incoming Fort Wilderness guests by phone to make alternate arrangements ahead of their arrival. Disney booking engines are not allowing guests to book any new reservation for the next few days and guest services confirmed that they are not allowing any new bookings into that period to keep rooms available for current guests that must be moved to new accommodations and for the possibility that they may need to house some Disney Cruise Line Guests.

Should that need to ask guests to remain at their resort, Guest Services said they will be offering activities like character meet-and-greets at the resorts to help pass the time.

Brian McNichols

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8 thoughts on “Hurricane Matthew: Fort Wilderness Voluntary Evacuation — Disney World Not Accepting Reservations This Week

  • October 5, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    We are tent camping at fort wilderness and although we did receive a letter we have not been offered relocation as of Wednesday at noon thirty.

    • October 5, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      I think you need to contact them in person, they only want people that are planing to stay on property to move to the Art of Animation. Also, it’s very likely the cruise ships might be housing people there and it’s first come first serve.

      • October 5, 2016 at 6:46 pm

        The letter DID say to contact them (Disney) at your earliest convenience…Disney has too much going on to hunt down a guest who cannot follow recommendations on the letter they left at your campsite! Stay safe and stay smart.

  • October 5, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Ready to hunker down at Animal Kingdom Lodge! Are you sure Scopa isn’t down here?

    • October 6, 2016 at 9:29 am

      I was thinking the same thing… Where is Mike?

  • October 5, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    We had that happen once and we were offered cots in the Grand Floridian ballroom. We opted to find a room at an offsite motel, which wasn’t easy because those living at the shore areas where moving inland temporarily.

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