All Disney cast members scheduled to work Sept 11th or 12th will now be paid!!!
Sept 11, 2017: The WDW parks and Disney Springs are all closed today.
Disney World is Still Closed due to Hurricane Irma!
No Park will reopen until all storm debris has been cleaned up and all rides have been reinspected. Hurricane Recovery Teams have been activated across the WDW property.
Sept 9th, Saturday afternoon. All the scrim and banners have been taken down. Tie down of all trash cans and light fixtures has begun.
WDW Closed: Saturday evening (7pm/9pm), all day Sunday, all day Monday
All parks closed Sept 10th and 11th!
Disney World main page with any park re-opening updates: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/.
“We are beginning an initial assessment of our property,” a Disney World spokeswoman said early Monday morning. “While we experienced high winds and rain, we maintained power throughout the storm.”
Hurricane Irma struck Disney World’s 25,000 acres of land southwest of Orlando from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. on September 11, 2017. The National Weather Service reported that the Orlando area saw sustained winds up to 58 mph and gusts up to 79 mph.
Orlando remains under curfew until 6 p.m. Monday afternoon.
Every trash can at every Park and Disney Resort was tied down or filled with water by Sunday, Sept 10, 2017 ahead of the storm.
1. Disney reported the following damage Monday morning:
- Animal Kingdom – lots of trees down, debris
- Epcot – trees down and flooding
- Disney’s All Star Resorts – several trees down
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – flooding in the lobby area, trees down
- Disney’s Art of Animation – trees down
- Disney’s Beach Club – tree debris
- Disney’s Boardwalk – tree limbs down, debris
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort – tree down, debris
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort – 90 mph wind speeds recorded and transformers exploded near the resort, some trees down
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – leaky roofs
- Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – large trees downed, some longhouse roof damage
- Disney’s Pop Century – trees down/uprooted, lots of tree debris
- Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter – main building closed due to flooding, several downed trees, lots of tree debris, some pool fencing and light fixtures down
- Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside – large trees down and uprooted
- Disney’s Saratoga Springs – trees down, lots of debris
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – large pine tree down blocking bus entrance, trees down in parking lot
- Disney’s Yacht Club – tree limbs down, debris
Sept 11th: The following message was posted to Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests this morning:
Despite the weather, we hope your evening was comfortable. As a reminder, we continue to observe local curfews and ask that you remain in your Resort room or building for your safety. We will inform you once the curfew is lifted and ask that you stay tuned to channel 3 on your in-room television for more details. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
Mickey and young resort guests watching it rain. (Sunday afternoon, Sept 10th)
Lots of wind damage all over DAK, but the paths had all been cleared.
Property damage on Monday: Tree down at DAK Lodge.
Massive tree blown down at the Polynesian Resort last night.
2. Orlando Curfew is in Effect until 6pm Tonight
Sept 11th: Due to power outages and storm damage with a lot of tree debris on the streets, the curfew for Orlando continues until 6pm tonight.
3. Florida Airports Are Still Closed
Over 12,500 flights in and out of Florida were canceled this weekend, so expect long lines at the airport when you get there. Airports are trying to reopen and resume normal operations by Sept. 13th.
Note that all airports in Florida are reporting that their parking garages are FULL and not to drive to the airport as there is nowhere to park your car.
Tampa International Airport (TIA): Closed Saturday, September 9th, 8pm.
Orlando International Airport (MCO): Closed Saturday, September 9th at 5pm.
Orlando Sanford International Airport: Closed Saturday, September 9th at 5:15pm.
Fort Lauderdale International Airport: Closed Saturday, September 9th. Mandatory evacuation orders in effect over weekend.
Miami International Airport (MIA): Closed Saturday, September 9th. Mandatory evacuation orders were in effect. “MIA is not a designated hurricane shelter. Operations at the airport stop when winds reach sustained winds of 55 MPH.” 9/11 Update: Miami International Airport will be closed Monday after sustaining “significant water damage throughout,” according to CEO Emilio Gonzalez.
Palm Beach International Airport: Closed Saturday, September 9th. Mandatory evacuation orders in effect.
Jacksonville International Airport: Closed Saturday, September 9th, 7pm.
Cast members went door to door last night to all the resort rooms and personally handed out flashlights to guests. They also handed out small boxes of cereal and shelf stable milk.
4. Disney Resorts are Open and staffed with Volunteer Hurricane Rideout Teams
Disney cast members are known to go above and beyond for resort and park guests. This includes during a hurricane!
Mickey and Minnie greeting hurricane stranded guests at DAK Lodge on Saturday afternoon. 🙂
Please be extra nice to any cast member that you see. The voluntary WDW Hurricane Rideout Crews were activated ahead of Hurricane Irma. They have been working non-stop since Saturday afternoon!
Every Disney resort has activities for guests planned for today.
Goofy helping entertain the small guests at the Contemporary Resort.
A Message from Disney Resorts to Our Guests:
While you are staying with us, we are closely monitoring Hurricane Irma. As the weather approaches we would like to share some helpful tips for your visit.
~We anticipate resort dining locations may experience lengthy waits. Pre-made boxed lunches and snacks are available.
~Housekeeping services may be limited.
~Please turn to channel 3 on your in-room TV for more information regarding Hurricane Irma.
~Disney films on your in-room TV will be complimentary until further notice.
We appreciate your patience and understanding and apologize for any inconvenience. Should you have any questions or need additional assistance, our front desk Cast Members are happy to assist you.
Huge tree blown down at the Polynesian Resort last night.
5. WDW Hurricane Recovery Teams are Checking all Parks and Resorts for Any Damage
The Walt Disney World Resort has it’s own power plant and didn’t lose power during the hurricane.
Tree down at DAK.
However, there are many trees on property that need to be inspected for damage and all downed trees need to be removed before guests can safely return.
Everything was tied down and secured ahead of Hurricane Irma.
The massive Disney Tree Farm is fully stocked and able to replace most damaged landscaping.
September 20, 2017: Fort Wilderness is back open!!!
Fort Wilderness Campground Update:
As you know, Fort Wilderness Campground was evacuated and closed Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 2pm ahead of Hurricane Irma.
It sustained heavy wind and tree damage.
We are happy to report that it has finally reopened today (Sept 20, 2017)!!!
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