We have entered hurricane season at Walt Disney World. This means that these storms can come and go quickly. Because of this, it is important to be prepared before heading down to Walt Disney World during this season.
Although most hurricanes don’t make landfall and don’t impact Walt Disney World, a few times every year our favorite place seems to be impacted. Most of the time, Walt Disney World Resort is impacted by heavy rains and winds when inclement weather hits.
Walt Disney World is actually a great place to be during a hurricane as they are extremely prepared to keep Guests safe at all times. Even though Disney is prepared, there are steps that Guests can take to prepare as well.
We have a few essential items that you will want to make sure to toss into your suitcase during hurricane season. Having these items can help you be prepared if a hurricane does impact your trip.
All the Ponchos
One item we highly recommend having all the time in Disney is rain ponchos. Decide if you prefer to have reusable ones or smaller disposable ones. No matter which you choose, make sure you have them on hand.
Having these tossed into your Disney Parks Bag makes it easy to grab when those storms come up quickly. They take up such a small amount of space that it just makes sense to have them along for the day.
No one likes wet socks especially when they are walking for miles at a time. The streets throughout the Walt Disney World Parks can flood and they do. Be prepared for this by having extra socks with you.
It will completely change your attitude if you are able to put on some dry socks after walking around during a rain storm.
We typically suggest packing tennis shoes for your Disney trip. Because you walk so much (like miles and miles) each day, having shoes that allow you to do so comfortably is key. The problem becomes that tennis shoes are terrible in puddles. We have all been there when we step in a puddle and our tennis shoes remain wet for days it seems.
If you are heading down during hurricane season, we highly recommend tossing in some shoes like Crocs or other sandals that do well in water. Doing this will allow you to keep your tennis shoes dry and your feet happy while jumping in puddles.
Snacks For Your Room
If the hurricane becomes too dangerous for you to be out and around, Disney will ask Guests to remain in their rooms. Although it typically won’t be for a long period of time, making sure you have snacks on hand can make this time a lot less stressful.
We typically purchase snacks during Disney vacation anyway. It is nice to have granola bars, goldfish, and other quick snacks on hand normally. We always toss these into our bags so that when hunger pains hit while in line for a ride, we can prevent a meltdown.
These same snacks can be super helpful if you need to remain in your room for a few hours while the main part of the storm passes by.
If it happens where you are required to “shelter in place” as Disney phrases it, having some entertainment on hand is important. Disney does a great job of keeping the magic going for Guests by bringing entertainment to the Resorts, but if you have to remain in your room for a few hours, having something to do can save the day.
Although you might have games on your phones such as the Play Disney app or HeadsUp!, you might want to save your cell phone battery. Because of this, consider tossing in some cards or other small games that can easily travel with you.
Having something to do can help past the time before you can head back out to the magic.
Noise Canceling Items
If you have ever tried to sleep during a rain storm, you know that it can be difficult to manage. Hurricanes are even noisier with stronger rain and wind. To help everyone find some sleep, consider bringing items to help block out the noise.
There are noise-canceling headphones or earplugs that can be helpful. Consider having a small fan or an app on your phone that would provide some noise.
These won’t be perfect at blocking everything out, but they can provide some help in making the storm quieter.
Because you will have items that get wet, make sure you toss in some extra plastic bags and Ziplocs. We like to have some with us at the Disney Parks to put in those wet socks or even to put our bag into to keep it dry.
Back at our Resort, these come in handy to help pack wet items like shoes or clothes so your suitcase doesn’t end up smelling.
Don’t avoid going to Walt Disney World because of hurricane season. Instead, head down prepared by having these items packed. Taking time to plan ahead can make it a lot easier to overcome a storm when it interrupts your Disney vacation.
Walt Disney World and the amazing Disney Cast Members do a fantastic job making sure everyone is safe when storms come to the area. You can help them out by having these items packed and by staying positive as well.