The “Happiest Place on Earth” made customers very sad… and very drenched!
Over the past few weeks, Orlando, Florida has been hit by massive thunderstorms, causing flooding and incessant rain at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Videos are doing the rounds, showing people nearly swimming in parks, waist-deep in rainwater, while others run for cover, their oversized ponchos barely making a difference in keeping them dry.
Based on the video, it appears that the infrastructure and storm water drainage system may not be equipped to handle this kind of torrential rain, leaving many customers dissatisfied and frustrated.
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The videos were taken at all of Disney’s parks, with some parkgoers stuck on rides and others hiding under moonlight to wait out the storms. Other videos showed people searching for shelter from the hailstorm and passing through the water.
On a video posted by the @WaltDisneyWorldParks account, one user joked, “Is it even a true Disney trip if at least one park doesn’t flood and put you in ankle deep water. “
“Not at all, it’s necessary,” replied the Disney account. “Especially in the summer months.”
Disney Blog inside the magic Turns out that it usually rains once a day in the parks during the summer, but floods and storms of this magnitude are rare, even if the amusement park is built on swampland.
Summers are often wet in Florida; July to September is considered the peak rainy season.
“While the overall threat to severe weather diminishes, heavy rainfall and seasonal river flooding remain significant threats along with frequent lightning,” National Weather Service Florida warns of hot weather.
It seems that even the magic of Disney can’t stop the dangers of weather from the outside world.