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Old 09-05-2017, 11:15 AM   #1
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Question Hurricane - Anyone ever been at WDW during a hurricane?

If you have ever been at WDW during a hurricane, can you enlighten the rest of us as to what we can expect? Please don't state the obvious, like lots of rain and wind. I'm looking more for a perspective of being sheltered in a hotel, etc.
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Patrick,

Ill be wondering too. We are arriving Sunday. I HOPE. LOL
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We were there for one about 6 or 8 years ago. Now I can't remember the name of it. It was only a Category 1, maybe a two. They closed the parks. We were at the Beach Club where we had to shelter. Thankfully we were able to get into CMC to eat. I think we waited 2 hours for a table. I would suggest stocking up on snacks/food because ADRs will be gone. I think the parks opened the next morning (maybe delayed). It ended up being fine, just boring because you were stuck at the hotel.

ETA: I figured out it was Tropical Storm Fay, so not a hurricane. They still closed the parks due to the winds, and it was huge amounts of rain.
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We had friends who were there 14(?) years ago when a hurricane hit. They were staying at the Contemporary. They felt Disney did a great job of taking care of them. Disney brought a flashlight to each room and also delivered some small snacks and bottles of water while everyone had to stay sheltered. This storm hit on the day they were supposed to check out but Disney was able to extend their reservation at a discounted rate for three days (I think it was 3...might have only been 2). They said that if they were going to be stuck in the path of a hurricane during their vacation, a theme park view room at the Contemporary was a good place to be stuck. They did say that they wished they had paid more attention to the weather earlier in the week and had gone out and bought more food and drinks for the room before the storm rolled in. While Disney did their best to keep everyone fed during the day or two they were stuck in their room/hotel, the waits for food/meals were very long. They wish they had gone somewhere to buy lunch meat, cheese, and some bread (or something similar) so they could at least have some light meals in their room.
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The DIS Unplugged guys insist that WDW is one of the absolute best places to be in a hurricane, because those buildings were definitely built to withstand just about any hurricane. They assured viewers that Disney has been through hurricanes before and does make sure guests are safe and basic needs are met.

I bet having a CR theme park view room would ease the pain of being stuck due to a hurricane, although I doubt your friends saw many fireworks.

That's what we enjoyed SO much when we stayed in one years ago, sitting on our balcony to watch Wishes.
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In October 1999 we were there when a tropical storm went by on the coast. The parks stayed open and we had a great day as no one was in the parks but a few intrepid visitors like our family who didn't mind the rain and wind. It was one of our favorite days ever in the parks, actually, doing things in three parks and it blew by in time for the Saturday night fireworks and parade (they only were weekly back then). This might give you a taste of what it's like it the storm doesn't directly affect WDW. (Our next day drive home was miserable though....we drove right into it and it was with us all the way to NC).
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We were there in 2005 for Hurricane Jeanne. They closed the park on the one day, and we were stuck in the hotel, but the rest of the vacation was fine. The parks were very empty and we rode a ton of stuff with little to no wait.

We were supposed to stay at Caribbean Beach, but had to spend the first night at Pop Century. After the hurricane passed, they collected us and our luggage and drove us to Caribbean Beach. We missed our reservation for CRT, but the front desk clerk was able to get us into 1900 Park Fare as a substitute.

We also cruised that trip and the only thing was we didn't get to go to Castaway Cay because there was too much damage to the island. So, a few negatives, but a few positives too.
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We were there for Hurricane Charley 2004. The parks closed early...we were told to go back to resorts.
We were staying at BWVs and since there is no food court inside, food and beverages were brought in and given out to the guests. There was entertainment in the lobby for the children.
Due to damage to the airport I couldn't get a flight out for 2 days. I had already checked out, as I had called the airport and they said they were opened. I got a call from them 1/2 later cancelling flights over the weekend.
I went to the desk and since I was a DVC member and BWVs is my home, I was given a room there for 2 nights. DVC members were given available rooms there and when they were filled other resorts were used. Other guests were put up there if available then transferred to other available resorts. Everyone was being given a place to stay.
Due to guests inconvenience of having the theme parks closed early.....guests were given free passes for the next day.
There was damage to property....trees uprooted or broken...lamp posts knocked over....roofing damage...etc............but taken care of by the next day.
I felt very safe and we were taken care of by CMs who were there over 24 hour shifts and still smiling.
I wrote a letter about the way everything was handled and taken care of.
I returned many time to WDW during "hurricane season" with no fear.
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Here's a link to info I compiled from a few sources: http://www.passporterboards.com/foru...d.php?t=300122

Knowing how on top of things Disney generally is, I still was surprised by some of what I learned about how well-designed and prepared the resort as a whole actually is.

We might have guessed Disney would be a model of hurricane readiness, right?
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