Disney World Has Flooded Before — and Severe Weather May Make It Happen Again

From epic wildfires to flash floods, it feels like the weather is more severe than ever before. And that means certain events that tie perfectly in with summer are being put on hold for thousands of families. NBC10 reports flooding has overtaken several amusement parks in Pennsylvania, prompting the parks to shut down for a few days. And it’s not the first time we’ve seen this sort of disaster ruin summer vacation for many. In fact, Disney World has closed down in the past from rainfall as well — and if these weather patterns keep up, it might happen again.

Hershey Park sees ‘historic flooding’ in 2018

As NBC10 reports, “historic flooding” has taken over Hershey Park and other areas of central Pennsylvania during the week of July 23. The park closed down three times in one week to deal with the flash flooding and heavy rainfall that brought seven to 11 inches of rain. People living close to the park were also evacuated, and one woman who was swept by the water when crossing Conewago Creek has still yet to be found.

Knoebels in Elysburg, Pennsylvania, is also no stranger to extreme flooding. The park was forced to close due to high water levels as well.

Disney World closed in 2017 from Hurricane Irma

Flooding in Magic Kingdom at Disney World in 2017

Flooding in Magic Kingdom at Disney World in 2017 | 08mike_gustin10 via Instagram

You probably remember when Hurricane Irma hit in 2017 — and anyone hoping to visit Disney World in early September was most likely quite disappointed. CNN Money reports Irma shut down the park for two days after the hurricane caused flooding in the Grand Floridian Resort and Epcot park. Orlando also reportedly saw winds up to 58 miles per hour, with some gusts reaching 79 miles per hour. The good news is the storm only did “relatively minor” damage.

Irma aside, Disney World’s Magic Kingdom has also flooded in the past. Teen Vogue notes in February 2017, it rained so intensely that the drainage system in the ground of Magic Kingdom couldn’t keep up with the rainfall. This resulted in pooling water that spread throughout this area of the park. It didn’t stop Disney’s good time like Irma did, though, and the park put on their Rainy Day Cavalcade to keep spirits high.

As for if Disney is likely to flood again: Without any changes in infrastructure, it seems like it might. The National Post explains more extreme weather comes with climate change, which is part of the reason for all of the heavy rains and severe storms we’ve already seen in 2018. You should be aware that hurricane season is between May and the end of November, too.

What Disney will do for you in the case of inclement weather

All Disney theme parks keep their guests’ safety in mind first and foremost, so in times of severe weather, they aren’t afraid to close down the park if they think it’s necessary. With that in mind, Disney World is located in central Florida — an area of the U.S. known for summer storms and frequent rainfall. The park is completely prepared for average precipitation and rainfall, and if a hurricane is in the forecast, they’re also prepared to deal with this as well.

Azcentral.com explains Disney World will allow you to reschedule any reservations you have with the park if a hurricane is in the Orlando forecast within seven days of your scheduled arrival. However, in this case, you are not guaranteed the same accommodations, and it’s unlikely you’ll receive any special offers. If you hope to cancel your trip altogether and it’s less than 44 days from the time you would be arriving, Disney adds on a $200 cancellation fee.

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