Hurricane Dorian Update #4

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It’s still very much a wait and see game here at Walt Disney World. We have had a few “breezy” rainstorms blow through this afternoon, but short-lived and currently we’re sitting with sunshine and 15 mph winds. The expectation tonight is that conditions will start to deteriorate, and just a few minutes ago a list of closings and cancellations has been issued for Walt Disney World (see below).

A note to people planning to drive north through South Carolina, due to Hurricane Dorian’s track close to the Carolinas, traffic patterns are being adjusted to accommodate evacuations from the coast of South Carolina. This may lead to increased traffic on interstates through South Carolina. In addition, as the storm moves closer to the state, heavy rainfall and flooding is expected. In the past, areas of I-95 in South Carolina have closed for similar rainfall amounts. Keep up to date on the South Carolina Department of Transportation website.

As of 5:00 p.m., all of Walt Disney World is under a Tropical Storm Warning. This indicates that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected within the specified area within 36 hours or less. Here’s the 5:00 update.

Closings and Cancellations

ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: Orlando International Airport will close at 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3.

DISNEY CRUISE LINE: The Monday, September 2 sailing that was moved to Wednesday, September 4 has now been cancelled. Due to changing conditions, people who left on Friday’s “3-night” cruise, originally scheduled to return Monday and then extended to Wednesday will now be staying an extra day on the ship with a return day of Thursday, September 5. No changes are planned to the next sailing of the Fantasy, which is scheduled to depart on September 7.

AMTRAK: AutoTrain between Sanford and Lorton, VA is canceled in both directions from Saturday, August 31, through Monday, September 2. For the latest information on cancellations for the Silver Star (91/92) and Silver Meteor (97/98), see the notice on Amtrak.com.

WALT DISNEY WORLD: CLOSURES

For Tuesday, September 3, the following changes have been announced

Magic Kingdom hours: 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (7:00 a.m. Extra Magic Hours)
Epcot: 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Hollywood Studios: 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (6:00 a.m. Extra Magic Hours)
Animal Kingdom: 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (7:00 a.m. Extra Magic Hours)
Disney Springs: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
ESPN Wide World of Sports: Closed
Blizzard Beach: Closed
Typhoon Lagoon: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Winter Summerland Mini Golf: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

FORT WILDERNESS: Closed beginning September 3 at 3:00 pm. — no determination yet when the resort will reopen.

Closures are also possible for Copper Creek Cabins at Wilderness Lodge, Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs, and Bungalows at the Polynesian

AFTER HOURS AT ANIMAL KINGDOM: Cancelled for September 3. Tickets may be exchanged for another After Hours event in 2019, tickets to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, a 1-day flexible date ticket with park hopper that can be used prior to December 31, 2020, or a full refund.

On September 3, theme park dining reservations will be honored up to 1 hour prior to park closing. Resort dining reservations will be honored until 5:30 p.m. Cancellation policies will not be enforced, so you don’t need to cancel reservations through Tuesday, September 3. For more details see Disney’s weather updates page.

 

Julia Mascardo

Freelance writer and editor, living the dream in Central Florida with my husband, cats, and spirited nine-year-old daughter.

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