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10/6/2016 9:20 am
Operational impacts are now starting to come into effect at Walt Disney World due to the approaching Hurricane Matthew.
The current closures and changes to normal operations are:
Blizzard Beach closed Thursday October 6.
Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon closed Thursday October 6 and Friday October 7.
Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground closed through Sunday.
Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue and Mickey's Backyard BBQ cancelled through Sunday.
Spirit of Aloha Dinner show at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort cancelled on Thursday October 6 and Friday October 7.
Characters in Flight at Disney Springs closed through to Sunday.
10/6/2016 9 am - Disney has cancelled tonight's Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.
Disney Cruise Line has cancelled the Oct 7th sailing of the Dream.
10/5/2016 9 pm - Hurricane Matthew has lost some strength, but is expected to regain strength before making landfall in Florida. Matthew is now tracking closer to Florida where it is expected to make landfall due east of Walt Disney World around 2 pm Friday. The WDW complex remains under a Hurricane Warning.
Hurricane Matthew's track continues to curve back in towards Florida for a second hit some time next week. Meaning there is a good chance we may get to go through this again next week.
This is a monster storm and you should take serious precautions. Even though Matthew has weakened slightly, it will still have 145 mph sustained winds when it hits the coast. Expect strong winds, heavy rain and an increased chance of tornadoes.
10/5/2016 10:00 am - The National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Watch for most of eastern Central Florida, including Orange County where Disney World is located. Sustained winds are projected to be around 48 mph at the Walt Disney World complex as Hurricane Matthew skirts the eastern coast on Friday. Hurricane Matthew winds have decreased to 115 mph, decreasing its status to a cat 3 hurricane. Patterns suggest though that Matthew will increase strength as it makes it way though the warm waters of the Bahamas, strengthening to a Cat 4 once again before making landfall in Florida. Forward movement of Matthew has also decreased, causing concern that the storms slow movement will increase damage and flooding.
Certain models suggest that after leaving the coast of Florida, near the coast of South Carolina, Matthew will make a eastward turn and possibly looping back towards Florida for a second hit next week. This loop is only trending currently and is hard to project that far in the future.
No park closures or even cancellations have been announced for any of the WDW complex. Port Canaveral has ordered an evacuation of the port and will possible effect the scheduled Disney Cruises scheduled for Oct 7 & 8.
10/04/2016 5:00 pm EST - The National Hurricane Center has updated the projected track of hurricane Matthew, moving the track further to the west. This new track will increase the likelyhood that the eye of the storm will make landfall. Still on course to arrive in Orlando mid-day Thursday makes it more likely that Disney will be forced to close the parks. Depending on when the high winds hit, they will either close the park early on Thursday or open the parks late for resort guests only. This is based on what they have done in the past and is not intended to be an official announcement. What Disney does will depend on the final track, wind speeds, rain amounts and possibilities of tornadoes, which can change at any moment. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.
10/4/2016 2:00 pm EST - The National Hurricane Center reports that Matthew continues to maintain a category 4 rating and they expect it to maintain this level over the next 2 days. Matthew continues to stay on track to skirt the Florida coast.
10/4/2016 11:00 am EST - The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm watch for much of the Florida Keys and a hurricane watch for the east coast of Florida from Daytona Beach south to Miami. Matthew is still a category 4 hurricane with sustained winds near 145 mph extending 60 miles from the center and tropical force winds reaching out 185 miles.
10/4/2016 8:00 am EST - The 8:00 am update from the National Hurricane Center shows a more westward track of hurricane Matthew. This westward movement can cause increased wind speeds in the Central Florida area along with large scale damage. Governor Scott has signed a state of emergency order which allows for individuals and businesses to apply for emergency aid to cover damage as the result of the hurricane. They expect this storm could possibly be as damaging as hurricane Andrew, which devastated South Florida in 1992, killing 65 people and causing $26.5 billion in damage. Hurricane Matthew is currently a category 4 hurricane with wind speeds at or near 145 mph.
No tropical storm and/or hurricane watches are currently in effect for the Florida peninsula, but the NHC expects to issue these later this morning.
10/4/2016 6:20 am EST - Overnight the projected track for hurricane Matthew has shifted to the west threatening to bring tropical force winds and heavy rains to the Central Florida area. In 1999 hurricane Floyd skirted 100 miles off the eastern Florida coast, forcing Disney World theme parks to close early. Hurricane Matthew is currently projected to approach the coast as a powerful Category 3 hurricane. Currently with a projected track which will bring it roughly 80 miles off the coast, hurricane Matthew will bring winds up to 100 mph to the Orlando area. Matthew is currently on track to affect the Disney World complex Thursday morning through Friday afternoon.
Although there is currently no scheduled closures, if winds and rain do exceed limits, rides, shows and even parks are subject to cancellation or closure. This is especially true for all day Thursday.
In addition to taking note of the impact of hurricane Matthew on Central Florida, those traveling in the I-95 area from Virginia through Florida should consult local forecasts from Thursday through Sunday for details on weather and road closures. If travel is necessary, we suggest traveling down I-75 as an alternate route.
As always, please be careful and keep up to date with the status of hurricane Matthew as it impacts the southeast United States. Please check back here for current updates as well as the National Hurricane Center.