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Hurricane Irma – Summary of Impact

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.

rain at riverside

Summer rain storm – not Irma

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!

2016 Walt Disney World Overview

Picking the dates of your Walt Disney World vacation is one the first decisions you’ll make.  If you’re not sure when you’d like to travel and would like an easy overview to help you decide, you’re in the right place!  Already selected your trip dates and want a little more insight into that time of the year?  Scroll down to find out more!

(Event dates have all been updated as the information was released.)


  • Osborne Lights end January 3
  • Marathon Weekend January 6-10
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 18
  • Crowds higher through the first weekend after New Year’s and around MLK Day
  • Ride and hotel pool refurbishments common.  One water park closed for annual maintenance.
  • Blizzard Beach closed through January 2.  Typhoon Lagoon closes January 3.
  • Weather can vary, be sure to check forecasts and pack accordingly.  Cold weather, 50s and below, can close the only open water park.


  • Mardis Gras February 9
  • President’s Day February 15
  • Princess Half Marathon February 18-21
  • Crowds higher around Mardis Gras and President’s Day, otherwise a slow month.
  • Ride and hotel pool refurbishments common.  One water park, Typhoon Lagoon, closed for annual maintenance.
  • Weather can vary, be sure to check forecasts and pack accordingly.  Cold weather, 50s and below, can close the only open water park, Blizzard Beach.

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