Tropical Storm Mindy Causes Some Gusty Winds at Disney World
Tropical Storm Mindy made landfall last night at St. Vincent Island in Florida, along the panhandle. It has currently downgraded to a tropical depression as is moving east along the Florida/Georgia line back out to sea. Most of the rain is north of Orlando moving offshore but some downpours and gusty winds can still be expected through the day if you are vising the theme parks today.
The winds have already started to pick up in the Magic Kingdom and the rain should be starting soon. Take a look at those ominous skies over Mad Tea Party.
Gusts could reach speeds of 30mph but it should only be for the remainder of the day.
As we know, Disney World is in prime Hurricane territory but surprisingly, they have only closed a handful of times due to Hurricane threats. 7 times to be exact!
- 1999- Hurricane Floyd
- 2004- Hurricane Charley
- 2004- Hurricane Frances
- 2004- Hurricane Jeanne
- 2016- Hurricane Matthew
- 2017- Hurricane Irma
- 2019- Hurricane Dorian
If you find yourself traveling during Hurricane season and a storm threatens your vacation, here is Disney’s hurricane policy.
Disney’s Official Hurricane Policy is as follows:
- If a Hurricane Warning is issued by the National Hurricane Center for the Orlando are OR your place of residence within 7 days of your scheduled arrival date, guests have the option of calling in advance to reschedule your vacation package or room reservations to another date.
- Under these circumstances, cancellation or change fees would not be imposed by Disney.
- Products and services provided by third-party suppliers included in your vacation (like flights and car rentals) are not refundable by Disney. You would need to contact the companies directly to find out what their individual policies are.
If a hurricane were to make landfall in Florida it could increase the chances of rain for Disney World visitors. Disney is very good at keeping guests updated as to the potential impact of inclement weather.
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Source: NHC.com and ABC Action Weather