UPDATED: Disney World and Hurricane Irma — Closures and Resources

I’m sure you all know that Disney World may be in the direct path of a pretty strong hurricane this weekend and/or early next week. Cruises have been canceled, flights have been canceled, and we’re hearing form our readers that entire vacations are being canceled due to the threat of Hurricane Irma.

Irma's path as of 9-8

Irma’s path as of 9-8

In this post, we’ll be updating regularly with any cancellations and closures we hear about due to the storm, and any tips and updates that might be helpful for those in Disney World during the storm, or those planning to head to Orlando this weekend. Stay tuned and stay safe.

Disney World and Other Theme Park Closures

Updated 9/8 2:58 PM ET: According to the Orlando Sentinel, Disney World’s theme parks and other Orlando area theme parks will be closing starting Saturday evening and remaining closed through Monday.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme parks will close at 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by Magic Kingdom and Epcot at 9 p.m. All four are expected to stay closed through Monday, Disney officials announced Friday afternoon.

Water park Typhoon Lagoon will close Saturday at 5 p.m. and will not operate Sunday or Monday. Blizzard Beach, which was closed Friday, also will be unavailable Sunday and Monday.

Saturday’s end-of-night finales at Disney parks, such as “Rivers of Light” show at Animal Kingdom and the “Happily Ever After” fireworks at Magic Kingdom, have also been pulled from the lineup.

Stores at Disney Springs will close by 9 p.m. Saturday, and they will not be open for business on Sunday or Monday.

NOTE THAT HOTELS AND RESORTS WILL STILL BE OPEN AND DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO CATER TO THEIR GUESTS.

Information for guests staying at Disney World hotels

Information for guests staying at Disney World hotels

Sea World, Legoland, and Busch Gardens have also scheduled closures starting Saturday night.

Resort Hotel Updates

We are seeing reports on Resort Hotel Facebook fan pages that guests are being informed that a 7 p.m. curfew will be in place tonight at the hotels. And, check out this post from Pop Century!

Orlando International Airport

Orlando International Airport will suspend flights starting at 5:15 pm on Saturday, September 9th. Orlando Sanford International Airport will suspend flights starting at 5:15 pm on Saturday, September 9th. Flights won’t resume until further notice.

If this affects your travels, be sure to contact your airline for more information.

Advance Dining Reservations for Disney World Restaurants

Please be advised of these temporary changes to making or canceling Advance Dining Reservations: new dining reservations are not being accepted for any Disney World restaurants for the dates of September 10th or 11th. Also, the regular dining cancellation policies will not be enforced for reservations through Monday, September 11th. Below is the statement from the Disney World website.

Screenshot from Disney World website

Screenshot from Disney World website

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Cancellation

We have an important update for anyone who has tickets to the September 10th Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. The event has been cancelled (September 10th only) in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. 

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

If you do have tickets, please note the following options that are posted on the Disney World website. Guests may exchange their September 10th ticket for one of the following:

– Tickets to attend another Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

– Tickets to attend an upcoming Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

– 1 Day Magic Your Way Tickets with Park Hopper Option, to be used within the next 2 years

– A full refund for event tickets

Call (407) 939-7818 or email Ticket.Inquiries@DisneyWorld.com, and have your tickets available in order for your request to be processed as soon as possible.

Fort Wilderness Closure

Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds will close beginning Saturday, September 9 at 2:00 pm (the reopen date has not yet been posted). Remember, this will also impact Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, Trail’s End, and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ reservations.

Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show Cancellation

We were notified that the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has been cancelled for Saturday night. We believe the Sunday night performance will also be cancelled.

Night of Joy Cancellation

Additionally, Night of Joy at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex has been cancelled for September 9th (the September 8th Night of Joy will still take place). September 9th guests may attend the Friday night event or request a full refund.

Blizzard Beach Closure

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park will also be closed on Friday, September 8th and Saturday, September 9th.

‘Ohana Menu Changes

Guests with ADR for tonight have been told that dinner at ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort will be treated to a buffet style meal rather than the typical all-you-care-to-enjoy skewered meats and sides. The buffet is priced at $20 per adult, $10 per child (or one Disney Dining Plan credit).

Free Food at Parks

Animal Kingdom has been handing out free food during the day on Saturday, presumably in advance of the park being closed for the next two days. Elephant Ear cookies and Flame Tree BBQ Ribs have been spotted. If you’re in the parks tonight, keep your eyes open!

Elephant Ears Kusafiri Bakery

Disney’s Hurricane Policies and FAQs

Also remember, Disney’s Hurricane Policy and FAQs are posted on the Disney World website!

Disney also has a page dedicated to Hurricane Irma and any related closures and cancellations!

Stay safe, everybody!!

News: New Dining Discounts for Disney World Annual Passholders for 45th Anniversary Year

Happy 45th Anniversary, Walt Disney World!

Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

And Happy Anniversary to Disney World Annual Passholders, who can take part in the celebration by enjoying some brand new discounts at select dining and merchandise locations around Disney World for the anniversary year! [Read more…]

Tour of Quick Service Eats at Disney World’s Blizzard Beach

With Memorial Day weekend behind us, summer has unofficially begun. So grab your towel, OODLES of sunscreen, and (Swim) SUIT UP… because I can’t think of a better place to kick off the season than BLIZZARD BEACH!!!

Blizzard Beach

Blizzard Beach

I don’t know about you, but fewer things make me as hungry as a day of splashing the day away at one of Disney World’s two water parks (Blizzard Beach’s counterpart is Typhoon Lagoon). So we thought it would be fun to take you on a little tour of the Quick Service spots around Blizzard Beach and grab a bite or two while we’re at it. We’ll start our tour at one of the first buildings you see as you enter the park.  [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: October 23, 2011

Cottontop Tamarin Cupcake

A new cupcake and lots of foodie photos (and reviews) from the Epcot Food and Wine Festival are highlighted this week! Let’s get right to the yummy news.

Latest Disney Food News

Read on for this week’s Disney Food news highlights!

Don’t forget to stay up-to-date with our Epcot Food & Wine Festival coverage — we’re still buzzing with news, reviews, and updates over on our Epcot Food & Wine Festival Pages!

The DFB Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book Review

Thanks to Gabe Travers with WESH.com, Orlando’s NBC affiliate news source, for this recent review of our Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot Food & Wine Festival! Here’s an excerpt…

If you want some tried and true picks, it’s worth it to check out the Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, which features five themed “crawls” you can use to tackle the World Showcase marketplaces. Read the full review here!

You can get YOUR copy of our new e-Book right here! Be sure to use code CHEF at check-out for a $2 discount!

On to the Round-Up!

Walt Disney World for Grownups says Aloha! Escape to the Tambu Lounge for a Lapu Lapu and some yummy new bar food! The bread service looks delicious!

DisMarks continues to highlight Disney news in the blogosphere with their 32nd Disney Blog Carnival! Tons of great Disney articles here — head over and check ‘em out! :-)

Main Street Gazette provides a catalog of Epcot’s restaurant signs! Love this!

DisneyTouristBlog.com names some top snacks at the Food and Wine Festival, along with gorgeous taste-testing photos!

Stitch Kingdom offers the latest news on new Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, which will open in stages beginning May 31, 2012. We can’t wait to taste-test the fresh smoothies, hand-scooped gelato and Mongolian barbecue in the food court!

AllEars.Net has updated Blizzard Beach menus, including the eats at Lottawatta Lodge.

The Portland Daily Sun showcases Linda Bean’s success with her lobster offerings at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. (Thanks to Erin Foster and Epcyclopedia for the tip!)

Disney Food for Families: An Ode to the Sand Bucket

Disney Food for Families columnist Erin Foster discusses a great bonus you can find with some kids’ meals on Walt Disney World property!

It’s long been said that Disney is in the details. One of my favorite Disney details is the container for children’s meals at some of the counter service restaurants at Walt Disney World. What is this magical container? The sand bucket!

Buckets ready to be called into action

There are restaurants located near the pools or sandy areas at Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, the Yacht & Beach Clubs, and the Caribbean Beach Resort that serve their kids’ meals either in, or with, a new, [Read more…]

Disney Food Weekly Round-Up: July 12

Eat Here
Some really interesting Disney food posts around the web this week! You’re gonna love ‘em!

SoloFriendly Reviews Spoodles: This restaurant will be replaced by Cat Cora’s Kouzzina this fall, so make your reservations quickly! SoloFriendly writes a glowing review.

PRD3000’s Revenge at 50’s Prime Time Cafe: Finding a way to “fight back” after being stuck in the corner singing “I’m a Little Teapot” for putting elbows on the table. Talk about needing a fastpass for the bathroom… .

WatchMeEat Tries Out Lottawatta Lodge at Blizzard Beach: Most of this post is about Blizzard Beach (which many of you will find interesting, I’m sure), but if you just want to see food, scroll down for pics. Great review of Blizzard Beach, to boot!

Kevin Kidney Details the History of Disneyland’s Birthday Cake Room: While it may be a stretch to include on a food blog, this is a really interesting article for you Disney history nuts out there. At least it has “Birthday Cake” in the title.