Earthquakes Strike Near Three Disney Destinations in Under 48 Hours

Most parts of your Disney vacation are within your control.

Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland

You can plan where you’re going to sleep, as well as what you’re going to do. You can plan where you’re going to eat and book dining reservations. You can’t plan for weather events and, well…earthquakes. This week, earthquakes shook three separate tourist destinations over the course of just 48 hours.

According to NBC News, at around 1:47PM local time on February 9th, an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.6 struck the Los Angeles area, centered around 7 miles northwest of Malibu. Malibu is around 50 miles from Disneyland, which means it was felt there, too. According to CBS 8, several Disneyland rides closed for about 30 minutes as a safety precaution. No significant damage or injuries have been reported due to the quake. The U.S. Tsunami Warning System also commented that there was no likely wave threat.


This comes after torrential rain has been pouring over the region, causing severe weather and flooding. At the moment, the county that Disneyland resides in, Orange County, is in a state of emergency due to the rain.

Mickey’s ToonTown

On the East Coast, Fox35 reported a rare earthquake off the coast of Florida. The earthquake, which had a magnitude of 4.0, struck about 101 miles off the coast of Cape Canaveral at 10:48PM on February 7th. People on the nearby coast reported feeling the earthquake, although no damage or injuries were reported. Cape Canaveral is about 60 minutes away from Disney World, although there aren’t any major reports that the quake was felt there. However, Disney Cruise Line sails out of Port Canaveral.

There were no reports from Disney World that the earthquake was felt

The third earthquake was reported in Hawaii. According to NBC News, a magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck just south of the Big Island of Hawaii at around 10AM local time. The earthquake was centered 11 miles south of Naalehu, Hawaii. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center stated no tsunami was expected. Shaking was felt as far as Honolulu on the island of Oahu, about 200 miles away. Disney’s Aulani Resort is located about 20 miles from Oahu, so it may have been felt there.


So, if you happen to find yourself on vacation in these areas, what can you do when there’s an earthquake? Well, there isn’t a way to predict an earthquake. They happen suddenly, and you’ll need to react quickly. According to, If you’re in bed, turn over and cover your head with a pillow. If you’re outdoors, try to stay away from buildings. If you’re inside, stay in place and take cover under take cover under a sturdy desk or table, covering your head and neck with your arms.  You’ll also want to expect aftershocks, so be prepared for those.


After, watch out for falling debris. If you’re in a damaged building, leave if you can. If you’re trapped, send a text or bang on a wall or pipe. If you’re somewhere where tsunamis could happen, immediately seek higher ground or go further inland. Once you are safe, pay attention to local news sources to see what you should do next.

So, if you’re planning on traveling somewhere that experiences earthquakes regularly (for example, Disneyland in Anaheim), make sure you know what to do when an earthquake strikes. Cast members will also be able to instruct you on safety precautions.

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