Do I need to worry about hurricanes when I book my Disney area vacation rental home?

Of all the things in life to worry about, worrying how hurricanes could affect your Disney area vacation should rate towards the bottom!  First, you can’t control the weather.  Second, Orlando is so far inland that hurricanes are rarely a problem.  In fact, in its 42 year history, Disney has only shut its doors TWICE due to hurricanes!  That is 2 days out of 15,330 days.  Most people would take those odds!  

Compare that with 1.5 million U.S. car crashes a year (according to the USG) caused by snow, and sunny Orlando seems like a great place to be!  And if immortality is your thing, despite the impression you get from media coverage, (hurricanes, tornadoes, floods – oh my!), according to meteorology professor James Koermer, most weather related deaths are from car accidents (about 7,000 a year), not heat, tornadoes, hurricanes and floods (about 200 a year).

For the truly paranoid, however, you can drop the  risk of dealing with a hurricane to almost zero by avoiding hurricane season, which runs from June to November every year.  And, to be fair, although Orlando rarely gets a hurricane, we do get the bands of rain associated with hurricanes that move up either coast, so that can dampen things a bit.

Hurricane forecasting has gotten so good, that you will have a good idea if the Disney area is in for a good soaking days in advance of any arriving hurricane or tropical storm.

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So, relax and book that Disney area vacation rental home!  We’ll leave the lights on!

Florida Hurricanes: something to worry about?

Visitors to Florida seem fascinated by Hurricanes and rightly so.  We have had our fair share of these nasty weather events, although the last big one hit New York and New Jersey instead!  In the Orlando area we are far enough away from the coasts that when one comes through, its impact is typically muted compared to the coasts.  In fact, Disney has only closed a few times due to hurricanes.  That said, if a hurricane is imminent, you will want to watch it closely, since while the theme parks may stay open, the airports and other travel services may be closed.