Let’s talk Disney World hurricanes – PREP150

As Hurricane Irma heads toward the caribbean islands and Florida, let's chat about what to do if you find yourself thinking about Disney World hurricanes.

I also have a quick tip to help you find dining reservations during your trip.

These are notes from this episode. There's much more info included in the audio so be sure to listen to the episode for a better explanation.

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Quick tip of the day

Listener Lori emailed this tip:
"I was trying to book an early morning reservation for three at Garden Grill, and wasn't happy with the times available. I increased the number of guests from three to five and did the search again and found that more (earlier) times opened up. I booked the breakfast for five, then went back in the reservation later and edited back to three guests. So my tip is, if you aren't finding the restaurant availability you want, try increasing the number of guests and more reservations may appear."

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Joy Paul

Disney accidentally canceled our reservations in October while all of the other Irma cancellations were taking place. We were able to get our reservation back but have yet to see the credit from the 1st reservation but are still expected to pay the current reservation in full. Guest services is so backed up they can’t even talk to us this week. How confident would you be that your entire reservation (fast passes and all) would be restored in this situation? We are pretty uneasy as of now but are still planning on going at this point. I hope Disney can… Read more »


I love your blog and podcast and used a lot of your info to plan my recent trip, but I was surprised that you didn’t mention safety as a consideration in this episode. To suggest that someone might want to travel to an area expecting a category 5 hurricane because otherwise they would lose money on their vacation seemed a little tone deaf to me, to be honest.


I’m curious what the state of the park will be after the storm. Our trip is booked for a few weeks from now. I know we can’t predict the damage, but has there been past damage in the parks following significant storms? I would assume Disney works very quickly to repair and get,thinga back in order, but I am just wondering what to expect when we arrive.

Nick Gwozdz

We were booked for a short trip in the fall of 2016 when hurricane Matthew occurred. Our October 7th flight was cancelled. We originally cancelled our room (off site) and we were not going to go however when it was decided there was little impact in the Orlando area we wound up booking a different room, renting a car and driving down overnight on October 8th on a whim and still had a good couple days in the parks. It was a little more crowded than we expected. We felt that more locals were at the parks than usual trying… Read more »

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