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Topic: HURRICANE CENTRAL: Storms and your Disney trip, Will Hurricanes/Storms Affect Your Trip?< Next Oldest | Next Newest >
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Posted: June 01, 2012, 11:20 am Quote

:hurricane:  It's officially hurricane season starting June 1 every year.  We've already had two officially named storms in the month of May 2012 before the official start of hurricane season.  The most recent, Beryl, had feeder bands affecting Ocala FL just to the north of Central FL.  Am I being Nervous Nellie about any tropical storm or hurricane, heck no!  But my reference is 2004 when two major named storms crossed Central FL (and WDW) causing park closures and a third came close.  Charley, Frances and Jeanne 2004 hurricane season, so it's researchable and researchable on our website.  Just saying:  In case something forms and escalates into being severe, you'll want to know what to do.  Our site was active in 2004, trust me, people hugely wanted to know what to do!  So research in advance, especially if your trip is in the two peak months of August-September and early October, and you need to cancel or postpone a trip or you want to find out how Disney handles sheltering in place, then search our site, and ask your travel vendors (airlines, hotels, ground transportation or limos or shuttles, dinner shows, restaurants, car rentals, house or timeshare or durable medical equipment rentals, ticket sellers, shows, etc.) what their cancellation-postponement policies are in case of hurricane and tropical weather.  "Know before you go!" :thumbsup:  The two peak months: August, September and a little into October.  And it annually ends November 30.  But Mother Nature pays no mind to calendars!
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Posted: June 24, 2012, 5:59 pm Quote

Tropical storm Debby at the end of June 2012 is an early tropical weather system happening about 6 weeks earlier than the usual peak months of August-September.  So far Debby keeps changing track radically, as of the date-time I'm posting it's heading to the northern Gulf Coast Florida Panhandle.  HOWEVER: Feeder bands of higher gusts of wind and rains (likelihood of some tornadoes) are whipping Central Florida, and that is where WDW is.  People there right now are having a less than optimum weather day...  But then again rains and lousy weather mean shorter lines at rides and cooler temperatures this time of year.

Just a bumping it up reminder :bump2:......


Hurricane season starts June 1, ends November 30, but Mother Nature does whatever Mother Nature wants, no two seasons alike or cookie-cutter alike.

"Know before you go" to Disney Florida parks, Cruise Line, or FL or South Carolina Disney resorts....  Policies about tropical weather, rescheduling or canceling reservations, policies about this with ground transportation, airlines, hotels, shows and dinner shows, car rental, vacation rental properties, in case tropical weather happens just before or during your trip, what "sheltering in place" is all about, what travel and vacation insurance will and will not cover to protect your vacation investment this time of year, and develop an Alternate Plan B in case you may have to deal with a storm this time of year.

This is not to be "nervous Nellie" about anything, but tropical weather can and does happen, so just like the Boy Scouts simply "be prepared".  Scroll back in this Topic for additional information.
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Posted: June 26, 2012, 3:28 pm Quote

Tropical Storm Debby is a depressing pain-in-the-neck kind of a storm.  It's so slow-moving it's still in the Gulf of Mexico and hasn't come on land yet.  It's a super-soaker rainmaker of a storm, too.  Debby's rain totals are now measured in feet (nearly 2-feet of rain, 24", and it's not over yet ! ) !

Of concern if you are driving to WDW via I-10 coming from west of the intersection of I-10 and I-75 (so you'd be coming from Jacksonville to that major interstate highway intersection ).....

From fifty miles EAST of the intersection of I-10 and I-75 to that intersection I-10 is CLOSED due to WASH OUT from Tropical Storm Debby.....  and reports are that parts of I-75 south of that intersection are not yet washed out BUT bears watching.  

Motorist vacationers WDW-bound will want to find out Florida Highway Patrol advisories about the status of I-10 and I-75.

Orlando itself is wet, rainy, windy.  WDW is still open, so's everything else touristy, but it's not exactly "sunny Florida".  Rain ponchos are in order.  Wear footwear and clothes you don't mind if they get wet.  Keep your cameras and electronic devices dry.  Be happy about the shorter lines and it's not as hot.  Darn slow moving storm won't be out of the area 'til this weekend and I am posting on a Tuesday afternoon.  So it's better to light a candle than curse the darkness, just be grateful the storm isn't worse and isn't closer, Orlando is still open for business, you get to go after all, it's not as hot under cloudy skies, shorter lines, a lot of WDW is indoors where it's dry (such as many attractions, stores, restaurants, etc.) so go enjoy!

Orlando Sentinel online had a photo gallery of rainy day things to do and places to go.  One was the indoor water slide (I think there's a disco in there as an effect) at Wet N Wild water park.  One was DisneyQuest at Downtown Disney.  One was generally head to Magic Kingdom 'cause when it rains the lines to rides are a lot shorter.  Everything else was local or on International Drive.
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Posted: Aug. 06, 2012, 7:02 am Quote

With Tropical Storm Ernesto this week we're reminded of annual peak months of hurricane season, August, September and through about mid-October.  We're all reminded if WDW-bound or Disney Cruise Line-bound or Disney's Vero Beach of South Carolina resorts-bound:  Hurricane season's most active months are now here.  

In 2004 four hurricanes went over Florida and three of those over Central Florida and two of those over WDW in two months' time.  "Know before you go", just in the back of your mind and not to be Nervous Nellie about it but merely good consumerism and due precaution, what all your travel industry providers' policies are about tropical weather and postponements and cancellations.  Hotels, airlines, car rentals, airport-hotel ground transportation, vacation rentals, dinner shows, dining, services you contracted for, other rentals you contracted for (such as renting strollers or wheelchairs or boarding for pets), theme park opening and closing conditions, theme park or water park tickets refunds or cancellations or postponements, deadlines, refunds, penalties, WDW's or your off-site resorts policies about sheltering in place and having non-perishable food to eat and lack of staff services for you if you do shelter in place, having to move out of Fort Wilderness Campground if a storm is approaching, etc.  

Go to beginning of this topic and go forward and review.  "Know Before You Go", and you'll be calm and prepared just in case something does happen.  I refresh this Topic during hurricane season annually since what happened back in 2004 had vacationers there caught by surprise and so much storm activity at the time was so unusual.  The travel industry in Central FL learned from 2004 and came up with cancellation and tropical storm policies about contingencies regarding their customers being unsure or unwilling to go there in case of severe weather.  So these policies protect you and your travel providers.  Pick up the phone and call them to be sure of what they will and will not do for you if tropical weather coincides with your Disney vacation in Central FL or South Carolina's coast or the Bahamas.  Your vacation should be relaxing and rejuvenating for you and your family/travel party, so if you take up this suggestion, and of course you don't have to if you prefer not, then at least you'll be prepared in the contingency tropical weather happens in your vacation brackets.

Hopefully by this October nothing will have happened, any storms end up being minor, no or minimal damage or inconvenience, all's mostly well, and we can breathe a sigh of relief and go back to living normal lives and routine vacation planning without worries.  :pixiedust:  :praying:  :hotmickey:  :hotminnie:  :hurricane:
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Posted: Aug. 06, 2012, 7:02 am Quote

With Tropical Storm Ernesto this week we're reminded of annual peak months of hurricane season, August, September and through about mid-October.  We're all reminded if WDW-bound or Disney Cruise Line-bound or Disney's Vero Beach of South Carolina resorts-bound:  Hurricane season's most active months are now here.  

In 2004 four hurricanes went over Florida and three of those over Central Florida and two of those over WDW in two months' time.  "Know before you go", just in the back of your mind and not to be Nervous Nellie about it but merely good consumerism and due precaution, what all your travel industry providers' policies are about tropical weather and postponements and cancellations.  Hotels, airlines, car rentals, airport-hotel ground transportation, vacation rentals, dinner shows, dining, services you contracted for, other rentals you contracted for (such as renting strollers or wheelchairs or boarding for pets), theme park opening and closing conditions, theme park or water park tickets refunds or cancellations or postponements, deadlines, refunds, penalties, WDW's or your off-site resorts policies about sheltering in place and having non-perishable food to eat and lack of staff services for you if you do shelter in place, having to move out of Fort Wilderness Campground if a storm is approaching, etc.  

Go to beginning of this topic and go forward and review.  "Know Before You Go", and you'll be calm and prepared just in case something does happen.  I refresh this Topic during hurricane season annually since what happened back in 2004 had vacationers there caught by surprise and so much storm activity at the time was so unusual.  The travel industry in Central FL learned from 2004 and came up with cancellation and tropical storm policies about contingencies regarding their customers being unsure or unwilling to go there in case of severe weather.  So these policies protect you and your travel providers.  Pick up the phone and call them to be sure of what they will and will not do for you if tropical weather coincides with your Disney vacation in Central FL or South Carolina's coast or the Bahamas.  Your vacation should be relaxing and rejuvenating for you and your family/travel party, so if you take up this suggestion, and of course you don't have to if you prefer not, then at least you'll be prepared in the contingency tropical weather happens in your vacation brackets.

Hopefully by this October nothing will have happened, any storms end up being minor, no or minimal damage or inconvenience, all's mostly well, and we can breathe a sigh of relief and go back to living normal lives and routine vacation planning without worries.  :pixiedust:  :praying:  :hotmickey:  :hotminnie:  :hurricane:
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Posted: Aug. 23, 2012, 9:15 am Quote

Just a head's up about Hurricane Isaac potentially affecting Central FL the week of Sunday August 26, 2012 and a few days forward of that.  "Know before you go" if that happens to be your Walt Disney World or Disney Cruise Line or Disney Vacation Club vacation:  The tropical weather policies of airlines, hotels, airport-to-resort ground transportation, dining, dinner shows, vacation accomodations rentals, car rentals, special equipment or other rentals (pet care, renting durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs etc., babysitters, etc.).  Airports do close if the weather is too dangerous.  In case you want to cancel, postpone, cut a vacation short "know before you go" what all your service providers, including Disney, can and cannot do for you in case of tropical severe weather during your travel dates.  Call your providers, or check the fine print links or "search" on their websites, or consult with your travel agent or with Disney, and "know before you go".....just in case you do in fact need the info when traveling to FL August, September and into October a little bit, the most active months of annual hurricane season.

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Posted: Aug. 25, 2012, 1:15 pm Quote

Isaac's track models are still spread out, but seem to have it heading to northwest Florida panhandle near Pensacola or east (sometimes west of there such as to Alabama's or Mississippi's Gulf Coasts).  

One thing to understand about "cones of probability" when you look at TV weather or online sites like Weather Underground, National Hurricane Center, AccuWeather :  That "cone" is simply a collection of where the eye of the storm could go, and it's a wide range, and the center line is the average of all tracks.  But the storm can have winds and rains miles and miles all around the eye and miles to either side of that "cone".  

Meaning that even though Isaac's path will be over Gulf of Mexico waters for now, and it's "cone" is mostly over water for awhile and doesn't touch land much 'til later, Isaac's weather effects will be felt over Central Florida as it moves to the northern part of the panhandle.

So in Central Florida Orange and Osceola Counties, among others, are in a Tropical Storm Watch, meaning from Saturday August 25-Monday August 27 (48 hours) they can expect tropical storm conditions.  Lots of rain since if you are on the eastern side of a tropical system there is lots of rain, and tropical storm force winds of 39-73 MPH.  These two counties are where Walt Disney World is (it overlaps two counties).

At least for this weekend and early next week, travelers simply wanting to visit Mickey Mouse, Shamu the whale, Harry Potter Land, the Holy Land Experience, and Wet 'n' Wild and other Central FL attractions and parks will be blown and rained on.

If Isaac stays as projected, it will be a Category Two hurricane, so that also will affect how windy-squally-rainy it gets in Central FL as it passes by.  And if the storm track moves east towards FL then Central FL will get more weather, if the storm moves more west then that means less wind-rain for Central FL.  

It's going to be determined by the parks if they stay open or not or what attractions that are more outdoorsy vs. indoorsy stay open.  I suspect it'll be business as usual, since the parks are more on the interior western half of Central FL and farther away from the eye.  At worst, rainy and very breezy into low-level windy conditions in the parks, it'll be less than ideal.....  But remember if it keeps crowds away and the rides are open.... SHORT LINES!  And not as hot and sweaty!  Silver linings can be found among hurricane clouds and tropical weather warnings!

The Orlando Sentinel and the Orlando TV affiliates all have websites, check those for up-to-date local conditions if this week was a Central FL/WDW vacation week for you.

We still have all of September and spilling into October as peak months of annual hurricane season, folks, so don't let down guard or be cavalier about awareness.  Still "know before you go" what to expect of any and all travel industry providers, including airlines and Disney, about if you had to cancel, postpone, or end your trip in the middle of it due to ever-changing tropical weather conditions, storm tracks, warnings.
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Posted: Aug. 26, 2012, 3:40 pm Quote

As Isaac (now a tropical storm, soon to be a hurricane) passes by Central FL on the Gulf Coast side, even though it's far away Orlando and it's many theme parks and attractions and tourist accomodations and the airport ARE affected.  Orlando Airport is asking travelers to check their airlines now!  Monitor Orlando Sentinel.com for Orlando news.  And again, if this was your week to head to Central FL, "know before you go" whether your airline, the roads, hotels, parks, dining, dinner shows, ground transportation, rentals of cars or condos etc., are operational or not.   Know their policies about cancellation, postponements and leaving in the middle of a trip if the prospect of tropical weather bothers you.
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