Posts Tagged ‘Hurricane Irma’

Julia’s Best Week Ever, September 21, 2017: A Week for the Birds

by on September 21, 2017

Talking with my family on the phone this week, they asked how things were going in the wake of Hurricane Irma. My comment was “Things are business as usual, but not yet back to normal.” We were lucky in that we had very minimal damage (a couple torn screens and a leaning sapling tree), only lost power for 17 hours, and largely went on about our life as usual. Of course my daughter had more than a week with no school, and getting restocked with supplies after the power came back on was challenging, but by and large we did A-OK. We also learned that three people and two cats can rest comfortably in our walk-in closet, which didn’t feel that much smaller than our first DCL stateroom when we traveled with a toddler and seriously overpacked. ūüėČ

To give you an idea of some of the ways that things aren’t yet back to normal in this area, aside from many people (including hard-working Cast Members) who still don’t have electricity more than a week after the storm rolled through, some supplies are still hard to find. This is from late last week–finding a gallon of milk meant calling to a half dozen stores to track one down.

Along the back side of Walt Disney World property, behind the Magic Kingdom, there’s a huge parking lot for Cast Members. The road that runs alongside the parking area still has significant standing water for about 1/8 mile–these are from one week after Irma (and yes, the water is deep enough on the edges to splash it over the hood of a car).

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Ask It Results: So How ‘Bout Those Hurricanes?

by on September 20, 2017

Fun fact: Yogi Berra was referring to hurricane season, not baseball season, when he quipped “It’ ain’t over till it’s over”. (You’ve now read that on the Internet, so it must be true, right?)

For many years, Florida got pretty lucky when it came to hurricane seasons, generally being missed by storms of significance, but hurricanes can and do hit the heart of the Sunshine State. Last year, Walt Disney World closed for Hurricane Matthew. This year, it was Hurricane Irma creating problems for Walt Disney World. And even though ships can move in case of storms, cruise itineraries and ports of call have been changed or cancelled for Disney Cruise Line over the years. When you spend so much time and money planning the perfect Disney vacation, on land or sea, having a hurricane roll through and create chaos for a vacation plan or extra expense when you have to change plans. It can make you wonder if it is really worth it to take the risk of scheduling a vacation to the hurricane zone during hurricane season.

Last week we asked you:

Are you rethinking your plans to schedule your vacation during hurricane season?

Here’s your results.

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Disney Cruise Line Weekly Preview — Week of September 16

by on September 15, 2017

Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of September 16th! I’m Brand Glover, and I’ll be giving you everything you need to know before cruising with Disney Cruise Line this week. In the wake of Hurricane Irma, we have some very important information this week regarding future sailings in the Caribbean.

Ports of Call (High/Low Temperature, Chance of Rain)

Dream at Sea, Photo: Julia Mascardo

Disney Magic

  • 16 September – Barcelona (69/55, 50%)
  • 17 September – Day at Sea
  • 18 September – Cadiz (76/64, 0%)
  • 19 September – Lisbon (81/65, 10%)
  • 20 September – Day at Sea
  • 21 September – Ponta Delgada (72/66, 20%)
  • 22 September – Day at Sea

Disney Wonder

  • 16 September – Ensenada (76/62, 10%)
  • 17 September – San Diego (73/63, 10%)
  • 18 September – Ensenada (77/62, 0%)
  • 19 September – Day at Sea
  • 20 September – Cabo San Lucas (86/75, 10%)
  • 21 September – Day at Sea
  • 22 September – San Diego (71/64, 0%)

Disney Dream, Photo: Julia Mascardo

Disney Dream

  • 16 September – Nassau (90/82, 40%)
  • 17 September – Castaway Cay (88/80, 40%)
  • 18 September – Port Canaveral (85/74, 20%)
  • 19 September – Nassau (88/80, 20%)
  • 20 September – Castaway Cay (87/80, 10%)
  • 21 September – Day at Sea
  • 22 September – Port Canaveral (84/75, 50%)

Disney Fantasy

  • 16 September – Port Canaveral (87/77, 20%)
  • 17 September – Day at Sea
  • 18 September – Cozumel (87/77, 20%)
  • 19 September – Grand Cayman (85/80, 50%)
  • 20 September – Falmouth (89/79, 40%)
  • 21 September – Day at Sea
  • 22 September – Castaway Cay (87/80, 30%)

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#AskIt – So How ‘Bout Those Hurricanes?

by on September 13, 2017


It’s Wednesday again, and time for another Ask It. There’s been one thing on our minds for the last week. Hurricanes. For the last two years, Disney has closed the parks and cancelled cruises due to hurricanes (Irma this year, Matthew last year).

So we’re asking you:

Are you rethinking your plans to schedule your vacation during hurricane season?

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The poll is live here and on Twitter. We’ll have your results next week.

Florida Crowd Updates – Coming Soon

by on September 11, 2017

Quick post to let you know we’re currently updating our crowd predictions following Hurricane Irma. We’ll expect some changes as¬†people cancel and reschedule trips.

Please stand by and look for the first updates within 24 hours.

 

 

Hurricane Irma – September 11 Update

by on September 11, 2017

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.

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Hurricane Irma – September 10 update

by on September 10, 2017

LATEST HERE

Last update –¬†September 10, 2017, 10:30AM Eastern

For more in depth information on what to expect if you’re in Central Florida during a hurricane, read this article.

Another day, another update. Thanks for sticking with us.

The incredibly slow speed of Hurricane Irma means that the forecast for when it will reach Central Florida keeps getting pushed out. Currently the eye is forecast to reach the Tampa-St. Petersburg area around 2AM Monday. Though it’s counterintuitive that a “slow” storm is worse, it is. You don’t want winds and rain to linger in a area, which is what they’re doing now.

The eye is making landfall in the Florida Keys, but the winds and rain are being felt all the way up the state. Miami is seeing flooding and power outages.

The storm is currently tracking west of the Orlando area. This does not mean there is no danger. The storm could still change directions and the area will still see very high winds and rains.

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

Florida Airports

Every major airport in Florida is CLOSED until further notice.

Airports are not set up to take in evacuees in cases of emergency.

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Hurricane Irma – September 9, 2017 Update

by on September 9, 2017

LATEST HERE

Last update –¬†September 9, 2017, 9:00AM Eastern

For more in depth information on what to expect if you’re in Central Florida during a hurricane, read this article.

Hurricane Irma hit Cuba and the Bahamas overnight. It will hit Miami and South Florida Sunday morning and is forecast to travel up Florida’s west (Gulf) coast.

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

Central Florida

Orlando International Airport will close at 5PM on Saturday. The airport is also on Twitter at @MCO. You should contact your airline for information on other cancellations.

Sanford will have its last flight out at 5:15PM and airport operations will cease at 7:30.

Expect much heavier than usual crowds at the airports as people leave Florida.

Parking garages at Orlando, Miami and Fort Lauderdale are at capacity. This is no more onsite parking at these airports.

Tampa will close 8PM Saturday.

Airports are not set up to take in evacuees in cases of emergency.

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Hurricane Irma – September 8 Update

by on September 8, 2017

LATEST HERE

Last update –¬†September 8, 2017, 3:00PM EDT

For more in depth information on what to expect if you’re in Central Florida during a hurricane, read this article.

Florida continues to prepare for Irma to make landfall. Current forecasts say the storm will hit South Florida Saturday with Central Florida seeing the worst of it late Sunday and early Monday morning.

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

Central Florida

Orlando International Airport will close at 5PM on Saturday. The airport is also on Twitter at @MCO. You should contact your airline for information on other cancellations. Expect much heavier than usual crowds at the airports as people leave Florida. Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports have also announced closures.

Parking garages at both Orlando and Fort Lauderdale are at capacity. This is no more onsite parking at either airport.

Tampa will close 8PM Saturday.

Airports are not set up to take in evacuees in cases of emergency.

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Disney Cruise Line Weekly Preview — Week of September 9

by on September 8, 2017

Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of September 9th! I’m Brand Glover, and I’ll be giving you everything you need to know before cruising with Disney Cruise Line this week. We have some very important weather related news to share this week, so lets get right to it.

Ports of Call (High/Low Temperature, Chance of Rain)

St. Maarten

Disney Magic

  • 9 September – Barcelona (75/58, 89%)
  • 10 September – Day at Sea
  • 11 September – Naples (73/66, 100%)
  • 12 September – Civitavecchia (76/61, 20%)
  • 13 September – Livorno (77/60, 10%)
  • 14 September – Villefranche (75/61, 0%)
  • 15 September – Day at Sea

Disney Wonder

  • 9 September – Ketchikan (58/51, 90%)
  • 10 September – Day at Sea
  • 11 September – Vancouver (74/57, 10%)
  • 12 September – Victoria (68/56, 20%)
  • 13 September – Day at Sea
  • 14 September – Day at Sea
  • 15 September – San Diego (71/64, 0%)

Disney Dream

  • Due to Hurricane Irma, the scheduled September 8th and September 11th sailings have been CANCELED

Disney Fantasy

  • Due to Hurricane Irma, the scheduled 7-night Eastern Caribbean sailing has been CANCELED

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