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Hurricane Dorian broke records for wind speed, strength, intensification, and more. Hurricane Dorian stalled over the Bahamas as its Category 5 winds churned up enough water to flood nearly entire islands.

When Dorian finally started its crawl to the north, forecasts had a hard time determining which direction the storm would take and when it would take the turn up the coast. To protect guests, Disney World closed to guests starting Tuesday afternoon, and Cast Members prepared parks and Disney resort hotels for tropical-storm-force winds.

Fortunately, Dorian turned more quickly than expected, and the Orlando area only saw rain and wind, and nothing that was out of the ordinary for this time of year. Cast Members worked tirelessly Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning to restore the parks and resorts to their seasonal magic.

Disney World fared well during Hurricane Dorian, and they're back open for business!
Disney World fared well during Hurricane Dorian, and they’re back open for business!

Crowds were are remarkably low levels for this time of year, but those who stuck it out were certainly happy they did! Resort guests were treated to rarely seen character meet and greets, board games in lounges, and plenty of food. Some resorts even sheltered evacuees and their pets.

Crowd trackers say that crowds in the parks could be reduced for the remainder of the week, but Disney wants you to know that there is plenty going on, and they’re happy to host your family!

Here are some upcoming events:

  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
  • Epcot Forever nighttime spectacular opening October 1st
  • Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Check out the history of Disney World closures.

Ever been in Disney World for a hurricane?