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Joined: April 1992
||Posted: June 10, 2005, 12:38 pm
Yeah, "one of these days" I was planning to dig up all the 2004 hurricane season stuff Disney Echo kept track of and compile a "List of Links" so in 2005 and future years Disney travellers could refer to it, BE REASSURED and have certain knowledge of what to expect if travelling to WDW hurricane season time of year. And dag nab it if there isn't a storm this early in the season!
Arlene will mostly affect those on east-west routes to/from Florida and those travelling on north-south routes connecting to I-10 on the Gulf Coast mostly in Alabama from/to Tennessee.
At some time within each hour Weather Channel does a Traveler's Update to show weather conditions along major Interstates as well as travel delays at airports. Definitely at ten minutes before each hour is their Tropical Update. If you've a WDW trip planned this weekend you'll want to watch Weather Channel, or log onto weather.com or noaa.gov and explore your way to pertinent trtavel information in advance of your trip.
I will compile the "List of Links" about hurricanes and WDW when I get the chance. Bear with me.
Update: The list is now in the next message of this topic... Scroll down to see it.
As for us and Disney Echo:
Disney Echo operates on a computer in Salem, New Hampshire. It's owned by a nice man, Larry Gensch, who's a computer software engineer and very good about keeping all in operational order. He's truly the owner and head honcho of EMuck.com, the domain of this Disney Echo website. The Disney Echo/EMuck.com could go down if there is a break in Internet network affecting the Northeast U.S., it could appear to go down if there is a break in the internet network in between the Northeast U.S. and where you are located, if Larry's hard drive goes down, or if the Disney Echo forum software develops a problem (it's happened, that is how we got a Vault Disney Echo of archived posts! ) -- or some other not-usual occurance happens.
Disney Echo is managed by Rich Koster, and we live in a suburb of New Orleans, Louisiana. Rich works in real life at a local TV station, the FOX affiliate in New Orleans, on the newscasts by doing electronic graphics. A team of gracious and expert moderators assist with the message volume, answering questions, helping fellow Disney fans with that particular area of Disney knowledge and information, etc. The moderators live in various parts of the U.S. And all of us are grateful when individual Internet connections are there and operational, day after day, but sometimes it happens folks get busy, vacation, sick, or other things come up and regular participation takes a little break. We all also gratefully pat our hard-drives on the head with praise, "Stay up, baby, stay up." You know how it can go.
In the event of a storm, as you might imagine, the TV stations go into public service mode. Rich will be called away to work extra hours of coverage. Typically, depending on conditions, that is a 12-hours on/12-hours off shift until the storm conditions pass. That might also mean he stays at the station and doesn't leave. It could mean our son and I vamoose on evacuation travel and back again. It all depends....
So if you don't hear from Rich or I when it's making news a storm is coming to the Central Gulf Coast, say a little prayer, but do not worry about us (we have sense to leave if things will be really bad, and Rich will be working TV station storm coverage) and do not worry about the Disney Echo 'cause it's physical location is not in the usual paths of hurricanes. N'oreaster's yes, hurricanes no.
Hurricane season runs from June 1 - November 30 annually. Usually the peak months are August, September and spilling into the first week or two of october. This year 2005 however predictions are for a particularly active storm season. Other years it's more benign. That's Mother Nature for ya! Bummer it's active this early, but you live down here for any length of time you aren't complacent and you know what to do to stock up and brace and be safe and protected, it's just a bummer to do it.
Until I get around to that List of Links, you can "Search" this site for postings between mid-August 2004 through mid-October 2004 with keywords about hurricanes or the individual names of the storms last year. Start from any posting #1 and go through to the end of that Subject: . What I hope you'll find and be reassured about, if you've got a WDW trip planned in hurricane season, is that the buildings at WDW are strong, are regarded by the locals as THE place to be due to their strength and location inland from the coasts, that WDW takes guest safety seriously and will see to your safety and comfort IF you follow their specific instructions. Disney will close the campground and urge campers to shelter at the resorts or to leave the area. You will not go hungry, the resort TVs have entertaining shows to help distract you, most of the resorts effectively communicate with guests in writing IF you take the time to read these letters or know in advance to look for them. Those posting following these 2004 hurricane experiences have praised Disney very much for their compassionate and professional handling of their needs when sheltering at the resorts.
If you are concerned about a trip you've booked with Disney, you can find in these past thread how Disney handles the situation if a storm is approaching.
You may want to get a scenario, now, of what you'd do if you preferred to leave Disney in case a tropical system approached. Know at the time you book airline tickets, car rentals, airport-resort-airport shuttles and town cars, hotels, tours, tickets, show reservations and tickets, etc. about cancellation due to weather so you know in advance what to expect. At some point if a severe weather system is approaching Orlando Airport WILL close, and it is NOT a shelter, until the storm danger is safely passed. There will be Interstate traffic flow from one place to the other to accomodate people evacuating from the coasts inland to Orlando which may involve "contraflow", that is, using all lanes no matter which direction they are meant to go to accomodate traffic in or out of an area evacuating. Also, if you are on Disney Cruise Line you should know during hurricane season what to expect. If you think travel insurance would protect you in some of this scenario by all means check it out for your own peace of mind. If you book with a good experienced travel agent that person can assist you with booking with assurances of refunds or rain checks if you have to face an unexpected tropical weather system at WDW.
The info exists here on Disney Echo, it's a matter of hitting "Search" and reading through threads. When I get the chance, I'll help with gathering it. It's such a good resource.
Calm down a bit and think: WDW has existed in Florida for literally decades. It fared amazingly well last Summer 2004 with all those storms hitting Florida and criss-crossing part of Central Florida. Millions of people have visited WDW since it opened in the early 1970s, including during the hurricane season months and have happy memories. Many were there during the August-October busy hurricane season and posted online they had positive experiences being sheltered at WDW resorts. If you build into your travel planning about what to do if serious weather affects your trip, you'll be doing a wise and prudent thing and you will enhance your enjoyment of WDW accordingly. With knowledge comes confidence, and with confidence comes sure direction. Gain the knowledge.
Wishing all along the Gulf Coast much luck this weekend.