Hurricane Irma kept us in suspense for over a week as we watched her strengthen and slowly move across the Atlantic. Even in her last throes she surprised us with a move inland and aimed more directly at central Florida than was predicted.
The Walt Disney World resort closed all four parks, two water parks, Disney Springs, and sensitive locations like Fort Wilderness beginning over the weekend. The airport and parks remained closed Sunday to Monday. The strongest part of the storm hit overnight and brought landscaping damage, some water and minor building damage. The four parks reopened, with some rides still temporarily closed, on Tuesday, September 12. MCO began limited operations on Tuesday, with full operations beginning as airlines and staff return.
Going forward, the resort will continue to be cleaned up and gradually reach full, normal operations. If you have a vacation planned for the near future, you will find most of your visit run as usual.
Airlines will take some time to recover from mass cancellations across Florida. Check your flight status directly with your airline as you approach your trip so you are aware of any changes before arriving at the airport.
Disney Cruise Line shortened a Dream Bahamian cruise and a Fantasy Caribbean cruise to return to Port Canaveral early on Thursday, September 7. The ships sheltered in Cozumel during the storm. Two Bahamian cruises aboard the Dream and 1 Caribbean sailing on the Fantasy were cancelled.
Port Canaveral is steadily preparing to reopen to cruise traffic. The ships should pick up their regular schedules on September 15 and 16 for the Dream and Fantasy respectively.
Itinerary changes have not been announced, but are expected. The US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands, which are the backbone of an Eastern Caribbean itinerary, were badly hit by Irma’s Category 5 ferocity. See a satellite view of the destruction from NASA.
We hope you, dear reader, are safe at home. Our thoughts go out to everyone impacted by Irma as well as Harvey. Thank you to all the Cast who worked through the storm and kept everyone safe!