Everything You Need to Know About Disney World Cancelation Policies During a Hurricane

Hurricane season has begun in Florida with big storms coming at the state. If you’re visiting Disney World at this time, you may be wondering how your vacation is going to be affected by the storm.

Clouds over Hollywood Studios

This isn’t the first time Disney World has been in the potential path of a major storm, so Disney knows how to handle preparations and safety concerns. In the past, Disney has closed several hotels and some attractions including Typhoon Lagoon and mini golf courses. For those people who are planning to travel to Disney World in the coming days, you may want to cancel or postpone your trip. Here’s everything you need to know about Disney World’s hurricane cancelation and refund policies.

If you would like to cancel or reschedule your Disney World vacation, you can do so now with fewer cancelation fees or restrictions. Disney’s cancelation policy during hurricanes states that “if a hurricane warning is issued by the National Hurricane Center for the Orlando area—or for your place of residence—within 7 days of your scheduled arrival date, you may call in advance to reschedule or cancel your Walt Disney Travel Company Disney Resort hotel packages and most room-only reservations (booked directly with Disney) without any cancellation or change fees imposed by Disney.”

Ominous clouds

Note that this does not cover third-party suppliers (like your airline, hotel, car rental, or travel insurance) who are not Disney. Those other suppliers likely have their own cancelation policies, which may also be relaxed due to the potential storm threat.

Check with your airline to see cancelation policies

In the past, Disney has also announced that they will not enforce cancelation policies for dining and other special experiences (like Savi’s Workshop and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique) until further notice. In other words, you can cancel those reservations without any fees.

Olivia’s Cafe

If you booked a vacation package through a different company — not Disney — then you should contact that company to learn about their cancelation policies at this time.

Rain in Disney World

If you booked your Disney vacation with a special offer or discount and then a hurricane warning is issued within 7 days of your arrival, you might be able to receive the same discount if you reschedule. This will depend on the new date of your trip. Disney says, “If the same special offer is not available [on the date of your rescheduled trip], Cast Members will assist by identifying alternate offers during your new desired travel dates.”

Clouds over Hollywood Studios

When you reschedule, all of the money you previously paid to Disney for your room, park tickets, and other experiences will be applied to your new trip dates.

Disney also notes that they cannot guarantee the same hotel accommodations that you reserved for your first trip if you choose to reschedule.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

In short, if a Hurricane Warning is issued for the Orlando area, you can cancel your trip for a full refund or reschedule without any extra fees.

Rainy Day at Magic Kingdom

To cancel or reschedule, call Disney at (407) 939-5277.

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One Reply to “Everything You Need to Know About Disney World Cancelation Policies During a Hurricane”

  1. What if you are there on property already when the Hurricane warning is issued? Can you leave & get a refund for the remainder of your trip? ( I did buy travel insurance through Disney)