A barrage of severe thunderstorms in Florida that have flooded popular attractions at Disney World has been forcing evacuations of customers as the theme park grapples to contain the damage, according to reports.

Disney blog Inside the Magic reported that Disney World guests have been “evacuated” due to the storms, and questioned whether water damage may cause further disruptions at the Orlando, Fla.-based resort.

Disney World did not immediately return requests for comment about the damage and reported customer evacuations.

One Disney customer took to Twitter to post evidence of water dripping from the ceiling and leaking into the indoor space at Epcot’s Land Pavilion, which includes popular ride, Soarin’ Around the World.

Image of epcot's flooding from a tweet.
Twitter / @DiscMan2000

“Looks like some serious water damage at The Land pavilion. Water still dripping from the ceiling,” tweeted one user, who attached two photos of the damage from the leaky roof.

Replying to his own own tweet, the user added: “I mean it was raining outside… but should it be raining ~inside~?”

Another user replied by posting a video of drenched Disney guests walking past water streaming from the ceiling. The user claimed that the video was taken a few weeks ago during another bout of flooding. The timing of the video could not be verified.

Last week, another customer posted a TikTok video revealing a massive leak at the Enchanted Rose Lounge at Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort. Set to the viral hit song “Oh no” by Kreepa, the video shows a cascade of water leaking from the roof onto the tables in the restaurant.

Disney World guests trudge through knee-deep water outside.
Disney World guests trudging through waist-deep water after severe thunderstorms hit the theme park.

In recent weeks, customers at Disney World’s Epcot and Magic Kingdom have been forced to run for cover as torrential downpours have blasted Orlando.

Guests have been documenting their aquatic experience on TikTok, Twitter and other platforms, revealing guests wading through murky, knee-deep water while others ran for shelter.

Although flash floods are common in Florida, one guest commented on a TikTok video that the storms have been unusually bad this summer.

“This went on all night, the rain and thunder subsided but then it was crazy lightning all night,” the user wrote.

Inside the Magic also captured drenched guests adorned with colorful, plastic ponchos fleeing the park as lighting flickered in the sky above. The site noted that Disney World is in for worse flooding in the future.

Case in point: the site said that rainfall in Florida has jumped 28% since 1958, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.


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