Hurricane Irma and your Walt Disney World vacation

Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in all of Florida’s 67 counties in preparation of Hurricane Irma.

This does not mean, as yet, Irma will be hitting Florida. The state of emergency is “to make certain that state, federal and local governments are able to work together and make sure resources are dispersed to local communities as we get prepared for this storm.”

The National Weather Service and Orlando weather forecasters are all saying that exact path of the storm is still up in the air, but there is an increasing chance that Irma could impact Florida later this week and this weekend.

So what does this mean for your Walt Disney World vacation? It varies.

If the storm comes before you arrive there are some things to consider.

“If a hurricane warning is issued by the National Hurricane Center for the Orlando area—or for your place of residence—within 7 days of your scheduled arrival date, you may call in advance to reschedule or cancel your Walt Disney Travel Company Magic Your Way vacation package and most room only reservations (booked directly with Disney) without any cancellation or change fees imposed by Disney,” according to the Disney World.

If you booked through others and not The Walt Disney Travel Company, including airline, car rental and hotels, you are responsible for any non-refundable payments, as well as cancellation or change fees assessed by those suppliers. The policy does not apply to certain special events or dining experiences.

Here is more information on Disney’s hurricane policy. 

In addition, storms like these usually wreak havoc with air travel as airlines try to protect their plans and get them in hubs out of the way of the storm. Regular air travel could take a few days to catch up with delays and backups. Staying in touch with your airline is a must.

Now, what happens if you are at Disney World and a hurricane comes?

For those at the Disney World resort hotels, there are plenty of cast members around and Disney does what it can to keep it’s guests busy. In most cases, guests will stay in their rooms. Guests may be taken to an interior ballroom if Disney believes there is immediate danger.

We will be following the storm, so keep checking back for updates.