The Atlantic hurricane season is longer than many know. It actually goes from June 1st to November 30th. And while no one ever plans on being at Disney when a hurricane hits it can be unavoidable. With these Disney World hurricane packing tips you’ll be ready, if a hurricane threatens to put a damper on your trip.
Disney World Hurricane Tips
Disney World isn’t the worst place to be when a hurricane hits Central Florida. In fact many locals “evacuate” to Disney when there is an impending hurricane. Cast Members are fully trained when it comes to handling weather emergencies and they will take care of Guests the best they can. But it never hurts to be prepared.
During Matthew Disney provided small flashlights in case of power outages. But let’s be real, one flashlight isn’t enough for a family. And if you have kids, you know that one flashlight is going to cause more harm than good. Before leaving home head to Dollar Tree and grab a few to throw in your suitcase. You can also pick up some other useful items like hand wipes, band-aids and small packages of snacks. Another great thing to pick up are glow sticks and other little things to keep little ones entertained. Plus, they come in handy even when there isn’t a hurricane.
- Flash light
- Hand wipes
- Glow sticks
- Batteries – for flashlights
I have been known to pack an entire suitcase of food to save our budget. But don’t feel like you need to be that crazy. There are some small items you can get at home so you don’t have to hit the grocery store.
- Beef jerky
- Pop Tarts
- Granola/energy bars
- Trail mix
- Juice boxes
If you prefer you can order groceries from services such as Garden Grocer or Dizzy Dolphin or you can grab an Uber to hit the local Walmart.
Ways to Entertain the Kids In Hotel Room
Hotel rooms are cramped under normal circumstances, but not being able to leave due to a curfew is excruciating. Ward off boredom with these simple items that are also great for carry ons. And don’t forget those portable battery chargers! No power means no way of charging your phones, tablets, ect.
Pack a card games such as UNO, a deck of cards, travel games and coloring books and crayons.
- Travel Games
- Deck of cards
- Coloring book
- Portable battery chargers
Disney Hurricane Policy and Travel Insurance
If you’re traveling to Disney World during June through November make sure to read up on Disney’s hurricane policy. And buy travel insurance! For a minimal cost you can have peace of mind in all areas of travel, not just in regards to hurricanes.
Pack Your Patience
Just because the curfew is lifted doesn’t mean the parks will be open. It can take a day or so for the crews to make sure everything is safe for Guests. During that time Disney has been known to open the resort arcades for free play and have entertainment in the food courts. But the lines will be long and kids will be wound up from being cooped up for an extended period of time. Understanding and Patience will be essential managing meltdowns and saving your sanity.
Hurricanes Don’t Last
Hurricanes are historically quick moving storms, so they won’t ruin your entire vacation. As soon as the danger passes Disney Cast Members hit the parks full force to get them ready for Guests as quickly as possible.