VIDEO: Disney Springs Opens to Guests During Hurricane; Polynesian Guests Go Swimming

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With Disney Springs opening in limited capacity at 5pm, I decided it might be kind of cool to drive on down to Disney World and see exactly what was going on during the final gusts and rain drops of Hurricane Matthew here in Orlando.

We began our evening at Disney Springs, where despite inclement weather, many guests began to show up as establishments opened at 5pm.

Meanwhile at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, guests make due by going swimming and peering across the lagoon at a shuttered Magic Kingdom:

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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  • You really need to quit with the “hurricane” and “inclement weather” comments….we had a couple rain showers and some breezy conditions. Biggest bunch of hysteria since the “global warming movement”

    • Yeah…If there’s any truth to the “Disney didn’t want to close [on the scale that they did]” rumors, I’d bet it’s because they knew the storm wouldn’t impact the Lake Buena Vista area nearly as badly as the weather entity (which benefits with ratings, clicks, extra ad revenues, etc.) hype claimed it would.

  • Tell that to the people on the coast. They had it bad. Everyone got lucky the eye didn’t make land or else it would have been worse there.

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