Hurricane Irma – September 11 Update

by on September 11, 2017 11 Comments

Filed under: Universal Orlando Resort, Walt Disney World (FL), Weather

Last update – September 11, 2017, 4:30PM Eastern

News on park hours tomorrow here.

Today is about cleaning up and getting the power back on in Central Florida. We will post as soon as we hear about things reopening.

Hurricane Irma went through Central Florida last night with howling winds, lots of rain, and many people losing power. Irma has been downgraded to the still very dangerous category of tropical storm.

Follow the latest news on Hurricane Irma at the National Hurricane Center.

Florida Airports

Every major airport in Florida is CLOSED until further notice. Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami are assessing damage.

Park Closures and Damage

Guests at Disney resorts have been asked to remain in their rooms while damage is assessed. There are power outages and trees down. Correction: Disney says there were no power outages at the resort.

We’ve heard of some damage to the resorts including flooding in the Animal Kingdom Lodge lobby and some roof damage.

Cast members are going out of their way to keep guests entertained while the parks are closed.

Walt Disney World Resort theme parks are CLOSED Sunday and Monday. Disney will reopen the four theme parks, but not the water parks, tomorrow. Details here. The onsite Speedway gas stations and Car Care Center are also closed.

Fort Wilderness  and the Treehouse Villas are CLOSED. No word on their opening.

Universal Orlando Resort is CLOSED Sunday and Monday. Universal Studios will reopen tomorrow including Volcano Bay.

SeaWorld Orlando is CLOSED Sunday and Monday. SeaWorld will probably reopen tomorrow.

LEGOLAND Florida is CLOSED Sunday and Monday. Legoland is without power and will probably not open tomorrow.

Busch Gardens Tampa is CLOSED Tuesday to continue clean up.

Disney is not taking FastPass+ reservations.

Halloween Horror Nights on September 15 will go as scheduled.

 

Information for Disney guests is on the Disney web site.

Information for Universal guests is on the Universal web site.

Disney Cruise Line

Dream:

  • September 11 cruise – cancelled

The next scheduled cruises are the Dream on September 15 and the Fantasy on September 16. DCL has made no announcements about the status of these cruises.

The Dream and the Fantasy are docked in Cozumel to avoid damage at Port Canaveral when the hurricane arrives.

St. Martin, a port on Disney’s Eastern Caribbean cruises was hit hard by Irma earlier this week. St. Thomas and St. John, also on the Eastern itineraries in the USVI were hit. The DCL Blog has an article about damage to these ports.

Tortola in the BVI saw a lot of damage.

We haven’t seen reports about damage to the Bahamas ports of Nassau and Castaway Cay .

Hurricane Jose is following Irma and the Caribbean will see more damage.

The Magic and Wonder are in Europe and Alaska respectively, and not affected by Irma.

Information for Disney Cruise Line passengers is on the DCL site.

Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

Disney’s Vero Beach Resort on Florida’s Atlantic coast is CLOSED.

Disney’s Hilton Head Resort

Disney’s Hilton Head Resort in South Carolina is CLOSED.

The Rest of Florida and the Southeast

The South and Central parts of the state are cleaning up and assessing damage while the northern parts are experiencing the storm.

The Florida National Guard has been called up to assist residents during and after Hurricane Irma.

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina have declared states of emergency.

How Will Crowds Be After This Is Over?

We’re on it. Stay tuned to the blog for another article with specifics.

What Happened During Hurricane Matthew

In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew, a smaller hurricane, was projected to go through the Orlando area, though it did turn east at the last minute. Here’s a reminder of how that went:

I-95 through Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina saw substantial flooding during Hurricane Matthew last year. Flooding lasted well after the storm had gone through.

Orlando area airports closed before the storm and flights were delayed and cancelled as planes and crews made their way back in place.

Port Canaveral was closed while officials assessed damage.

Universal and Walt Disney World closed early the day before the storm and were closed for one full day.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party was cancelled and guests were offered refunds or rescheduled tickets.

Halloween Horror Nights were cancelled and guests were offered refunds or rescheduled tickets.

Resort hotel restaurants were not serving guests who remained onsite though box meals were available for purchase.

Guests at Fort Wilderness, the Treehouses at Saratoga Springs, and the Polynesian Bungalows were relocated to more secure accommodations. This year that list would include the Cabins at Copper Creek Villas at Wilderness Lodge.

Stay tuned to the TouringPlans blog for more information as it comes in.

Posted on September 11, 2017

11 Responses to “Hurricane Irma – September 11 Update”

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  • Orlando International Airport is closed Monday and is currently targeting to resume some limited commercial service on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. All passengers are advised to contact their airline regarding their flight status and to verify a confirmed seat assignment BEFORE arriving at the airport.

    Orlando Sanford International Airport is closed Monday and has announced that they will be will be open Tuesday morning at 6:30am. Their airfield will be ready to accept air service, but you should still check with your airline for updates on departures and arrivals.

    Orlando Melbourne International Airport closed Monday but is preparing to open the terminal and airfield at 8:00AM on Tuesday, September 12.