Anaheim, California – In response to the imminent threat posed by Hurricane Hilary, Disneyland Resort, one of Southern California’s most iconic and beloved theme parks, has announced that it will close early on Sunday, August 20, 2023. The decision is part of a series of precautionary measures aimed at ensuring the safety of park guests and staff.
Hurricane Hilary, a Category 2 hurricane, is currently tracking off the coast of Baja California and is expected to bring heavy rain, strong winds, and potential flooding to the Southern California region over the weekend.
Disneyland Resort officials have released a statement confirming that both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will close their gates at 3:00 PM PDT on Sunday, August 20th, 2023. Additionally, Downtown Disney District, which includes various shops and dining establishments, will also cease operations at the same time.
The decision to close early is in line with Disney’s commitment to guest and employee safety. Spokesperson for Disneyland Resort, Jennifer Thompson, stated, “The safety and well-being of our guests and cast members is our top priority. Given the anticipated impact of Hurricane Hilary, we have decided to close our parks and Downtown Disney District early on Sunday.”
Guests who had reservations or tickets for Sunday will be provided with information on refunds or rescheduling options. Disney officials urge visitors to check the official Disneyland Resort website or contact their customer service for detailed information on refunds and rescheduling.
Local residents and visitors to the area are being urged to monitor local weather forecasts and follow any evacuation or safety instructions issued by local authorities.
This is not the first time Disneyland Resort has taken such precautions in response to extreme weather events. The park has a well-established protocol for dealing with weather-related emergencies to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone on its premises.
As Hurricane Hilary approaches the Southern California coast, residents and visitors are encouraged to stay informed and take appropriate safety measures to protect themselves and their property.