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  • On Aug 25, 2008
    Cristy from OH Asked

    Heather -1st visit to WDW 8/30-9/6. I read that you were there when Fay moved through. Now I'm nervously watching Gustav! Too soon to predict, but want to know what to expect. What does Disney do during heavy winds and rain? Does anything remain open?

    The night before tropical storm Fay was to hit we had a message on our room telephone alerting us to the possibility, and to the fact that Disney park hours had been amended with this in mind.  They very graciously opened all of the parks, Disney Quest, and the AMC movie theater early that day, so that guests could squeeze in a little bit of extra park time before getting doused.  We continued to have in-room updates sent to the phone, so that each day we were aware of possible shifts in weather and park schedules.

    During a few particularly bad spells of the storm, the monorail and outdoor rides like Dumbo were closed, but this was a temporary situation.  For the most part the rides were functional, and we threw on ponchos and played in the rain!  You can elect to do some shopping, dining, napping, and other indoor activities while it rains, but when it rains for a week (as it did on us), at some point you just have to brave it!  And we had a fantastic time doing so!  I have great pictures of our family drenched in the rain and playing in the puddles (if you can call 6 inches of run-off a puddle!), and we were able to see the very rare sight of a mini-parade in the rain!  Poor Mickey - I can't imagine how he got his fur dried out!

    Be sure to check out the activities at your resort, too.  While we were at the Wilderness Lodge, the kids club craft time in the afternoon was a great spot to escape the weather.  Disney has been known to bring characters into the resort lobbies in extremely bad weather as well.  While there's no set course of action, you can be sure that Disney will take good care of you.  Their reaction to the weather may vary, but their determination to give guests an amazing vacation doesn't ever waver.

    Be sure to pack your ponchos, maybe some rain boots, and definitely a stroller cover if you have little kids, and bring along a sense of adventure.  I am living proof that, even in lousy weather, DIsney really IS the Happiest Place on Earth!
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Meet the Panelist: Heather, Kentucky

I'm a member of the original 2008 Moms Panel and am happy to be back again to help you plan! We are DVC members who visit 2-3 times per year with our 3 young daughters, and I am only one visit away from being able to say I've stayed in every Disney resort! Learn More About Heather

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