How Disney World kept the Magic Alive for Guests as Hurricane Dorian threatened Florida

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Storm’s a’coming!!!

As Hurricane Dorian charged toward the Florida coast over Labor Day weekend, the Walt Disney Company faced a tough dilemma: How to keep guests safe without ruining the magic of a typical – and expensive – Disney World vacation?

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Hurricane Dorian, September 5, 2019.

The emergency “Hurricane Rideout” teams at Disney World sprang into action. Lucky for Disney World-goers, the Category 2 hurricane swept past Florida on Thursday, September 5th, bringing rain and wind but no damage to the theme park.

What happens at Disney World during a hurricane threat?

Disney World theme parks closed early on Tuesday, September 3rd afternoon (3pm) and reopened normally on Wednesday morning.

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Sept. 3rd:  Operational hours ahead of Dorian.

Cast members and security staff in the theme parks and at all the resorts on property tied down signs, landscaping elements, and lighting fixtures.

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Every trash can at every Park and Disney Resort was tied down or filled with water ahead of the storm.

Anything that could become a projectile in a high velocity wind was removed or secured.

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All the new Skyliner cars have been removed from the cable system and are being stored over at the Caribbean Beach Station this week

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Signs advising Disney resort guests to keep exterior doors closed.

Signs advised guests to stay indoors, and doors were secured with heavy zip ties to prevent access to outdoor areas.

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Repair trucks standing by.

Outside the parks, battalions of utility trucks were in place in Orlando waiting to restore power if needed (the power did not go off).

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Pool area of the Wildness Lodge. Closed Tuesday afternoon as the storm approached.

Emergency storm operations began over the weekend at the Wilderness Lodge. Workers closed off all public balconies and removed all furniture from guest room balconies as well. Pools remained open through Tuesday afternoon. The lifeguards that usually manned the swimming areas were charged with entertaining guests as the pools closed. An impromptu game and activity station was created as cast members prepared to entertain and engage with the high volume of guests returning to the resort.

Special Character Visits at the Resorts

The Hurricane Rideout Team at the Wilderness Lodge was charged with staying voluntarily for the duration of the storm.  Cast members had to commit to staying onsite until Thursday, September 5th regardless of the impact Dorian had on the area. The resort was fully staffed and Disney characters roamed the lobby, engaging and interacting with guests.

Though rides and attractions weren’t available Tuesday evening, other amenities at the resort were. Up on the seventh floor, the concierge team at the Old Faithful Club planned for a busy night, preparing treats and decanting wine. Many guests opted to stay for additional nights to wait out the storm as 1,000s of flights into and out of the Orlando International Airport were cancelled. The normally quiet lounge and seating area was full with both kids and adults played board games, and keeping an eye on the flat-screen TV display showing Dorian’s progress up the coast.

The clatter of claws on the polished floor was heard throughout the lobby; evacuees from all over Florida arrived at the Wilderness Lodge, and pets were welcome to shelter at the resort during the storm. Several leashed dogs roamed the lobby, while a few unhappy cats howled from travel bags. The pets, like their owners, had arrived from the south, following the evacuation routes outlined when Dorian began to roll toward Florida. Other guests came from the Disney Cruise Line; the closure of the Miami seaport, which reopened Tuesday, meant many cruise guests were getting temporary accommodations at Disney World to ride out the storm.

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Big Al visiting Wilderness Lodge as guests waited out Hurricane Dorian.

Down in the lobby, a huge Jenga set and some oversize board games were set up, and lifeguards ran activities through the night for kids of all ages. Teens and young children abandoned their phones and mobile devices to take part in a game of hide and seek. Disney characters playfully engaged with guests and kept the lobby lively into the late evening.

Special Buffet Set Up for Guests

A few steps away, the character dining experience at Artist Point restaurant was ready to serve up Mickey Mouse waffles and other treats instead of their normal fare. This impromptu buffet ($12) was designed to eliminate waiting at the resort’s other dining locations.

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Artist Point

Mickey waffles

Yum!

Even the gift shop team was ready, rapidly restocking pantry items, filling shelves with reading materials, toys, and snacks to help pass the time.

Despite the closure of rides, Disney World worked to keep resort guests entertained. Many guests enjoyed the disruption of the normal hotel routine. The youngest guests were delighted with the change, making new friends and settling in for fun activities and snacks.

Guests that opted to stick out the storm saw a huge reduction in theme park crowds on Wednesday and Thursday with all the parks experiencing very light crowds.

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September 3, 2019: Very light afternoon crowds at the Magic Kingdom. Over 2,000 flights into Orlando Airport have been cancelled this week.

Historically, tourist attendance drops within the five days after a major storm or hurricane. New arrivals typically cancel or delay their trip as air and ground transportation is disrupted.

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Mickey and Minnie in their safari gear visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge during the storm.

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How Floridians felt about Hurricane Dorian.

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Spending the day at the Magic Kingdom.

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Two Disney Sisters

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We love staying at the Wilderness lodge!

Epcot’s Club Cool Closed on Sept. 8th

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UPDATE:  Both Club Cool and Fountain View Starbucks closed September 8, 2019!

In anticipation of the huge 50th Anniversary Celebration planned for Walt Disney World Resort in 2021, billions are being spent at Epcot to upgrade the almost 40 year old park, which opened on October 1, 1982 and is really showing it’s age.

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September 9, 2019: Closed for good.

The park’s entire front entrance is being redesigned and several buildings are either being remodeled or torn down completely and replaced.

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August 2019:  Epcot’s Starbucks was inside Fountain View.

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September 10, 2019: The construction walls are up this morning around Fountain View and Club Cool. Photo Credit: BlogMickey

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Walking into Club Cool for a soda. The building that Club Cool is currently in is scheduled to be demolished this Fall, along with the Fountain View building.

Did you ever take the the Beverly Challenge at Club Cool?

WE DID!  

Taking the Beverly Challenge at Club Cool Video Link:  Trying the Beverly Soda for the First Time!

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Lies!  All lies!!!!

Our brother, Christian, decided to take the Beverly Challenge at Epcot’s Club Cool.  We took the Beverly Challenge last year.  It was gross!! We think guys like it wayyyyy more than girls!

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Club Cool at Epcot with it’s free soda tasting stations.

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From Italy:  The Beverly  is billed as a “popular, non-alcoholic aperitif”.

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Christian starting with the Beverly soda.

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Does he like it???!!!

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He says yes!

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Trying other sodas from around the world.  The Fanta pineapple soda is actually pretty good!

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Truth!!

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Yup!  That’s how we feel too!!

We hope Disney Parks brings back Club Cool somewhere in Epcot.

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Having a fun day at Epcot.

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Ahhh, so good!

We’ll miss the Starbucks at Fountain View too!

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Some concept art drawing of the new Journey of Water that’s replacing Club Cool and Fountain View:

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Coming in 2021: The 4 Worlds of Epcot – World Celebration, World Nature, World Showcase, and World Discovery.

Moana’s Journey of Water will be located in the new “World Nature” neighborhood.

Along with the World Showcase, there’ll be 3 new ‘World’s’ at Epcot’s entrance: World Nature, World Discovery, and World Celebration.

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It looks beautiful – like Hawaii in Florida! World Nature

World Nature replaces Future World West and World Discovery replaces Future World East.  Both Future World East/West locations badly needed updating, especially Future World East.

Innoventions West and all the buildings on that side will be demolished as part of the new design before the end of the year.

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Moana’s magical Journey of Water.  Note the new Epcot logo redesign on the poster.

This will be an immersive walk-through attraction with a lot of water features and lush tropical foliage.  Very hands-on for kids.

It looks like they will be adding the popular Jumping Water feature to the attraction.

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Interactive water features for kids. (This is ‘Jumping Water’.)

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Lush foliage. It reminds me a little bit of Avatar over in Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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“Blowholes” in the “lava” rocks just like what are found in Hawaii! Halona Blowhole

Moana’s Journey of Water is coming to Epcot in late 2020.

This first-ever Disney Parks attraction will be based on the hit film, “Moana,” letting guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring tropical setting.

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A lush tropical slice of paradise with many water features, including waterfalls and jumping water. A 2-story Heart of Te Fiti will be in the center of it all.

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September 8th: Major Closing of Attractions Begin at Epcot

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Coming in 2021: The 4 Worlds of Epcot – World Celebration, World Nature, World Showcase, and World Discovery.

As part of the major redevelopment of the entrance and Future World East/West ahead of the 50th Anniversary Celebration at Walt Disney World, Disney has announced closings of several locations in Epcot starting September 8th and continuing through December 2019.

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It looks beautiful – like Hawaii in Florida! The new World Nature.

Note:  Some locations will be moving to temporary locations.

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All these buildings are closing September 8th.

Here is a list of Future World West and Future World East closings below:

Character Spot – Closing September 8, 2019

Club Cool – Closing September 8, 2019

Electric Umbrella – Closing September 8, 2019

Innoventions East – Closing September 8, 2019

Fountain of Nations – Closing September 8, 2019

Colortopia and Nanooze Break in Innoventions East – Closing September 8, 2019

Art Of Disney – Closing October 2019 (will be relocated to The American Adventure pavilion)

Mouse Gear – Closing October 2019 (will be relocated to a temporary location)

Pin Central – Closing October 2019 (will be relocated to the Camera Center)

Starbucks – Closing on November 23, 2019 (will be relocated to a temporary location)

Character Spot – Closing September 8, 2019

The characters will relocate as follow:

Minnie Mouse will move to the World Showcase Gazebo

Daisy Duck will move to the American Adventure

Mickey and Goofy will have an all-new location in the Imagination! pavilion

Winnie the Pooh will still meet in the United Kingdom pavilion

The location for meeting Joy and Sadness is still to be determined

Baymax will lose his meet and greet until next year.

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This whole area is being demolished to make way for Moana’s tropical Journey of Water.

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New events building for the annual festivals.

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New PLAY! building coming.

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Fun day at Epcot!

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Moana’s Journey of Water in Epcot’s new World Nature

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Coming in 2021: The 4 Worlds of Epcot – World Celebration, World Nature, World Showcase, and World Discovery.

Moana’s Journey of Water will be located in the new “World Nature” neighborhood.

Along with the World Showcase, there’ll be 3 new ‘World’s’ at Epcot’s entrance: World Nature, World Discovery, and World Celebration.

Journey of Water Epcot

It looks beautiful – like Hawaii in Florida! World Nature

World Nature replaces Future World West and World Discovery replaces Future World East.  Both Future World East/West locations badly needed updating, especially Future World East.

Innoventions West and all the buildings on that side will be demolished as part of the new design before the end of the year.

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Moana’s magical Journey of Water.  Note the new Epcot logo redesign on the poster.

This will be an immersive walk-through attraction with a lot of water features and lush tropical foliage.  Very hands-on for kids.

It looks like they will be adding the popular Jumping Water feature to the attraction.

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Interactive water features for kids. (This is ‘Jumping Water’.)

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Lush foliage. It reminds me a little bit of Avatar over in Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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“Blowholes” in the “lava” rocks just like what are found in Hawaii! Halona Blowhole

Moana’s Journey of Water is coming to Epcot in late 2020.

This first-ever Disney Parks attraction will be based on the hit film, “Moana,” letting guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring tropical setting.

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A lush tropical slice of paradise with many water features, including waterfalls and jumping water. A 2-story Heart of Te Fiti will be in the center of it all.

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September 2019: Current Epcot park map.

Future World West Update:  The permits to take down Fountain View (14 on the map) this year have already been filed.  We expect those buildings to be gone before the end of the year.

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Newly released Epcot drawing shows Journey of Water with the Heart of Te Fiti’s Mountain in World Nature.

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Moana’s new water attraction will be anchored by the Heart of Te Fiti. (This is just its design, it won’t be located in the middle of Friendship Bay!)

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We’re expecting that Moana will have a permanent Meet and Greet area here.

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New limited edition Moana Magic Bands are out! (LE 2400)  ❤

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We like how prominent Te Fiti is, both in the mountain face and her heart.

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The Polynesian goddess Te Fiti with her heart restored.

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Expect to see this symbol everywhere!

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Te Fiti’s Heart spiral.

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And, Moana is getting her first ever float in the Festival of Fantasy parade at the Magic Kingdom next year!  We love it!!!

Time to start planning your Disney Bounding outfits!!!

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Disney Bounding as Moana.

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Disney Bounding as the goddess Te Fiti (sea colors).

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We love this dress! (green goddess colors)

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Any Goddess Te Fiti outfit must have a crown of flowers!

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We wish Te Fiti would have a meet and greet too!

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April 22, 2019 (Earth Day 2019): WOW! DiVine is out this morning at DAK and is entirely covered by blooming flowers!!! So pretty!

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We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Brand New: Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show at Magic Kingdom!

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Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show

This holiday season, the skies above Magic Kingdom will sparkle to life like never before during the 2019 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party with the debut of an all-new fireworks show that can be enjoyed across the park!

Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show, hosted by the one-and-only Minnie Mouse, will celebrate the magic of Christmas with medleys of beloved holiday songs, from “Joy to the World” and “Deck the Halls” to “Up on the House Top” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”  The holiday music will evoke heartfelt moments of home and family, as well as the festive fun of the season before an incredible finale you won’t want to miss.

You’ll be able to see the fireworks show during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on select nights November 8 – December 22, 2019.

Along with the new fireworks show, each of this year’s 23 nights of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will feature performances of Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas and Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration stage show.  And during A Frozen Holiday Wish stage show, Queen Elsa will magically transform Cinderella Castle with glistening ice.

During Party nights, you can also experience select rides and attractions (including the holiday-decorated “Jingle Cruise”), savor complimentary cookie and drink treats, discover event-exclusive merchandise, delight to a magical “snowfall” on Main Street, U.S.A., and much, much more.

Tickets for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are now available online or you can call the Disney Reservation Center at 407-939-1872.

Here are this year’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party dates:

November: 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24

December: 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22

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We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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We Love Dole Whip at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

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Christian getting us some Dole Whips for us.

Pineapple Dole Whips are served at five Disney locations worldwide:  At Disney World’s Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom, at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, at Disneyland’s Adventureland, and the Dole Plantation in Hawaii.

And – secret tip – it’s also served at Epcot during the International Food and Wine Festival in the fall! There you can even have it spiked with some rum!

Feeling Like Some Dole Whip!

Dole Whip Floats served with chilled pineapple juice!

We always get a Dole Whip Float while waiting for the Enchanted Tiki Show in Adventureland.  They allow you to bring it into the show if you haven’t finished it out in the waiting area.

Our favorite place to get a Dole Whip at Disney World is at the Polynesian Resort after having lunch at Captain Cook’s.  dole1

Getting some Dole Whip at the Pineapple Lanai.

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Yum!!!

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Huge carved spoons

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Perfection!  $4.99

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The Dole Whip menu

Check out some of the new Dole Whip merchandise we spotted:

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Dole Whip Magic Band (want)

 

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Dole Whip kitchen magnets

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Dole Whip Mickey Ears

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Brand new Dole Whip travel mugs, $22.99

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Pineapples were considered royal fruit…the fruit of kings.  (Poster at Captain Cook’s)

Yum, Dole Whip floats!

Dole Whip Floats are the best on a hot day! (We’re at the Enchanted Tiki Room.)

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You can even Disney Bound at the Parks as Dole Whip:

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Disney Bounding as Dole Whip – We LOVE it!!

More on Disney Bounding: Tips on Disney Bounding from Experts!

Can't be rushed when eating a Dole Whip Float!

You can’t be rushed when eating a Dole Whip Float!

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We love Dole Whip! ❤

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Stitch enjoying some Dole Whip too!

Yum!

Yum!

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We were lucky to visit the Dole Plantation in Hawaii last summer:

Touring the Dole Plantation on Oahu Island

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A celebration of all things pineapple!

One of the stops on the Aulani Excursion – Majestic Circle Island Tour was at Oahu’s Dole Plantation.

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The Dole Plantation’s Country Store.

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Celebrating 118 years!

We only had about ½ hour to shop at the Country Store and get some Dole Whip. The Country Store was LOADED with every kind of pineapple merchandise that you can think of and then some.

Everything was bright yellow and very cheerful.

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My Dole Whip in a souvenir cup.

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Caroline’s Dole Whip with chunks of fresh pineapple. So good!

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Pineapples growing in rows. Pineapple plants grow from the leafy tops of the fruit. Simply cut the crown off the top of the fruit and place it in soil. You should have a baby pineapple in about 12 months!

Some more photos from inside the Country Store:

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Yellow, yellow everywhere! The Logo Shop.

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Pineapple everything!

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Fresh pineapple chunks.

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YUM!!!!

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She’s making our Dole Whip treat!

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Prices – $27 for a Pineapple Split!!!

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Saying yes to a Pineapple Macaron. $3.75

Pineapple candies.

We bought this shirt!

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The Dole Plantation is northeast of the Aulani Resort.

Originally operating as a fruit stand beginning in 1950, Dole Plantation opened to the public as Hawaii’s “Pineapple Experience” in 1989.

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A little pineapple.

Today, Dole Plantation is one of Oahu’s most popular visitor attractions and welcomes more than one million visitors a year.

Dole Plantation provides enjoyable activities for the entire family, including the Pineapple Express Train Tour, the Plantation Garden Tour, and the Pineapple Garden Maze.

Also popular is our plantation Country Store offering a wide variety of Dole Plantation gifts, local favorites, foods and refreshments including the world-famous Dole Whip.

And, before you leave you can purchase fresh pineapple to take home.

Dole Plantation is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Hope to see you soon!

Dole Plantation

64-1550 Kamehameha Hwy.

Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786

Phone: 808-621-8408

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We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

 

What Happens to the Animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom During Hurricanes?

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August 30, 2019: Hurricane Dorian forecast path update.  Category 1 Hurricane forecast for Orlando next week.

Many guests are wondering with the fast approaching Hurricane Dorian what Disney Parks does with the inhabitants of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s is home to some 1,700 animals representing 250 different species throughout the 500-acre park.

That’s a lot of wildlife to keep track of before, during, and after a hurricane hits!

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Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Disney doesn’t evacuate their animals off property.  They have safe locations for them behind the scene, aka “backstage”, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. All of the wildlife pens and barns are built of reinforced concrete and designed to be able to withstand a Category 3 Hurricane with little to no damage.

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Caroline working at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

As a Disney Cast Member, Caroline went on a cast-exclusive DAK ‘backstage’ tour.  She learned how the animals get called back to their pens in the evening with special whistles and signals.  The animals actually can’t wait to return to their overnight pens because they know that food and water, along with fresh bedding, is waiting for them!  The whole process takes 3 hours to complete every afternoon/early evening.

Disney Hurricane Preparedness Plans call for all cast member zookeepers, trainers, and veterinary staff to be on hand during a hurricane event.

These experts monitor the behavior of the animals and continually checked on them both before, during, and after the storm passes.

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The alligators are OK in their enclosures, just like they are in the wild.

Some water-dwelling creatures, such as the alligators and turtles, are left in their outdoor man-made habitats since this is where they are the safest.

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One of the many birds that will be cared for inside during a hurricane.

All birds are brought inside before hurricanes as they all could be gravely injured by high wind and debris.  (The native Florida birds that live at DAK – and there are a lot of them! – are left outside.)

Disney takes every precaution with their animals, ensuring that they all are kept safe.

In September 2017, not one animal was harmed during Hurricane Irma with winds that topped 80mph in Orlando!  All animals were safe and sound when the park re-opened after being closed for two days due to the storm and for debris clean-up.

If you’re interested in seeing the animal pens and how well Disney treats all their animals, you can take a backstage tour at DAK called Backstage Tales!

For tickets, $90/guest: Backstage Tales at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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September 2017: Mickey and Minnie greeting hurricane stranded guests at DAK Lodge during Hurricane Irma.

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For Hurricane Irma:  DAK closed early on Saturday (9/09/17) afternoon and park tie down started happening. Cast members wrapped all the turnstiles at the front entrance to keep them protected from wind damage.

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Property damage after Hurricane Irma: One of many trees blown down – or onto – DAK Lodge.

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Day after Hurricane Irma passed: Lots of wind damage all over DAK, but the paths were cleared for guests by opening time on Tuesday morning.

When a Hurricane Warning is in effect, Disney Parks activates the Hurricane Rideout Teams across the WDW property.

These crews are made up of volunteer cast members who agree to stay in their park or resort for at least 72 hours during the storm.  (Because of family commitments, not all cast members can stay on-site during a hurricane.  It’s all volunteer and they get overtime pay.)

Read more about the Disney World’s Hurricane Rideout Teams and what they do before and during a hurricane:

Hurricane Rideout Teams at Disney World

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August 30, 2019: Guest wearing this celebration button at the Magic Kingdom!

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August 31, 2019: Hurricane Dorian approaching Florida.

Know your hurricanes!  The higher the number, the more damaging the winds!

Category Sustained Winds Types of Damage Due to Hurricane Winds
1 74-95 mph Very dangerous winds will produce some damage: Well-constructed frame homes could have damage to roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters. Large branches of trees will snap and shallowly rooted trees may be toppled. Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that could last a few to several days.
2 96-110 mph Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage: Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage. Many shallowly rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block numerous roads. Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks.
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(major)
111-129 mph Devastating damage will occur: Well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads. Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes.
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(major)
130-156 mph Catastrophic damage will occur: Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
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157 mph or higher Catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months. (Hurricane Maria was a Category 5 storm that hit Puerto Rico in 2017.)

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Wearing our Minnie Ears at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Looking for the Yeti!