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minniegidget
09-08-2004, 10:01 PM
Here I sit not know much about hurricanes so I am going to the experts. How does Ivan look for this weekend? We are flying into Orlando (hopfully) Sunday 4 30 pm. I just called SWA and they say all flights are still going Sunday. I really hope Ivan goes away. I know FL can not take much more. My sister daughter just moved from Mi to Tampa this year. I worry about her alot. Prayers and thoughts goes out to all of you in FL.

Kajunswty
09-08-2004, 10:07 PM
Good question....like you I am flying SWA but on Monday. We are really torn as to whether to cancel or not. We are going to wait until Fri / Sat to decide.

I would hate to get out there and not be able to get home on Friday. Guess we'll just have to wait and see where Ivan decides to go :(

rocketralph
09-08-2004, 10:26 PM
It's still to early to tell where Ivan is going.

picantel
09-08-2004, 11:03 PM
I am watching the models and it looks worse and worse. Now 2 of them cut up through orlando, 1 to miami, and 2 out east of florida. Before everything was heading into the middle of the gulf. Die Ivan die.

susy
09-09-2004, 05:02 AM
This thing is now a Category 5 hurricane, which means the damage is "Catastrophic" as opposed to "Severe"-Category 4. It could change and who knows where it will end up-hopefully not here. We did cancel our trip this weekend (again).

safetymom
09-09-2004, 05:13 AM
http://www.tampabays10.com/weather/index.asp
http://www.wftv.com

Two great stations for weather forecasting in the Central FL. area.

kseely
09-09-2004, 07:45 AM
we are thinking of postponing our 9 day trip as well. we are sched. to leave at 3pm tomorrow out of nj, so i have some time to cancel, and right now i'm sure we're going to wait till the last minute, but it doesn't look good. continental will let us rebook the trip, as im sure disney will too. all of the computer models are changing from day to day, this mornings newest info is way different from last nights. the best we can hope for is for this thing to keep to the right of fl.

i just can't see going down as planned, only to have this storm drastically impact fl while we are there. i can tell you that i have the WORST luck in the world, so if we cancel then Ivan will for sure turn more east and miss fl alltogether, but if we go, then ivan will hit fl...so i'm sure we'll be canceling.....only to have the storm turn to the east and miss fl......which is good b/c i can always go later!!:crazy:

kseely
09-09-2004, 07:46 AM
and, what i meant to say is, great for fl!!! our "bad luck" is good luck for millions!!!:crazy:

tnkrbell
09-09-2004, 07:51 AM
I sit here just feeling sick!!!! :( I dont know what to do??!!
Do I leave the state?? Do I sit and wait???? Most of my friends still are without power from Frances I feel so horrible for them!!
Im not even thinking about my trip which Im sure I will just cancel!!
Just pray that Ivan somehow just disappears!!!!!!!!!!!!

i like stitch
09-09-2004, 09:34 AM
We figured that Ivan may or may not hit but didn't want to chance it so......we decided to reschedule our trip and did so when it's not hurricane season. We would rather be at the parks than be stuck in our hotel room, even if it's disney!

Customer service at SWA was very helpful.

Now, if I can only figure out how to change my counter! :confused:

Butch50
09-09-2004, 10:04 AM
As someone who studies hurricanes a little, maybe I can add a few points to think about...

1. First of all, it is still too early to tell anything for sure, the rest of my points assume that Ivan will stay on it's current forecast track as seen on the map linked below.
Forecast track (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ftp/graphics/AT09/refresh/AL0904W5+GIF/090853W5.gif)

2. If Ivan stays on that track, it should affect WDW during the early morning hours of Tuedsay, Sept. 14th. My guess under this scenario is that the parks would close early on the 13th and probably reopen on the 15th.

3. Ivan shouldn't be as powerful as Charley or Frances when it reaches the WDW area. If the current forecast holds, Ivan would have been over land for nearly 24 hours by the time it gets as far north as WDW. That is alot of time in the life of a hurricane. The land interaction will have a weakening affect on Ivan. Even if Ivan is a category 4 storm when it hits South Florida, it would surely be no stronger than a category 2 by the time it gets to WDW - and probably weaker.

4. Ivan will probably have the forward speed of Charley. Frances was such a problem because she was so slow. Unless things change, it appears that the atmospheric conditions are going to move Ivan pretty quickly once it hits land.

Again, don't take any of this as gospel. These are just some things to think about.

A good web site for keeping track of the storm is Moreweather.com (http://www.moreweather.com/tropics/)

DisneyWisher
09-09-2004, 10:40 AM
3 different sites have 3 different locations where it will hit. All seem to have it hitting South FL.

http://www.moreweather.com/tropics/Storms/lIVAN.gif
http://www.weather.com/maps/news/atlstorm9/projectedpath_large.html
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ftp/graphics/AT09/refresh/AL0904W5+GIF/090853W5.gif

I for one don't know what to do. Well postponing my trip for 1. Spending 2 days stuck in a hotel room is not my idea of how I want to spend my vacation. But the worst part is that we have still not totally recovered from Frances. I went to the store last night to buy milk and the stores are still out. They only have pints. I did fill-up my gas tank already but that was more because of my trip than because of Ivan. I still have my hurricane supplies from last weekend since I never lost power. So at least I don't have to make a mad rush for those.

Everyone stay safe and Pray that Ivan loses some of his strength. Ivan going down to a tropical storm would be nice but Cat 2 of less would do me just fine. After this one will there be any trees in FL left.

Shirley

2x_dis_dad
09-09-2004, 11:09 AM
It's not looking good for Florida right now. Ivan is still too far away to accurately predict though. Hopefully Florida will be spared. Most of my family lives in southwest Florida. We are watching this one closely.

Rhonda922
09-09-2004, 11:12 AM
DH and I are talking about cancelling our trip and going somewhere else just in case this hurricane stuff keeps going into October. We will keep our new plans on the back burner and see how the weather looks in a couple weeks.

SnackyStacky
09-09-2004, 12:06 PM
I'm scheduled to leave on Monday morning, the 13th. My flight is to head out at 6:15 am.

If jetBlue is flying, so am I! :)

Disney World is 2 for 2. They had their parks open the day after Charley passed, and the day after Frances passed.

Hurricanes can turn without any warning, or notice. In September of 2002, Edouard was supposed to hit at Cape Canaveral and come right into Orlando. It was all over the news - lots of warnings. It turned north and didn't bother Florida at all.

Am I worried that it'll hit and affect my vacation? You bet! But like I said - people rode out the storms safely twice, and twice Disney had their parks open the day after.

kseely
09-09-2004, 01:05 PM
we are pushing everything back 1 week. hopeing for the best, but expecting the worst...... everyone is great in plan changing, although i am switching airlines for next week b/c of cheaper air fare, it works out somewhat....it was weird on how no questions were asked when re-scheduling, so i assume a lot of people are re routing their plans.......my air fare lady was in miami & said she was worried about ivan. she lost 3 windows w/ frances and a tree. as i was speaking to her they were placing the hurricane shutters back up on the work building (spirit air):sad2:

RoLaren
09-09-2004, 01:33 PM
We had no choice but to make up our minds now based on the models that are out. Hubby and I were up till past 2 am discussing this.

We just cannot knowingly take our child and my senior dad into a situation that has the potential to be so dangerous. If anything happened to them because I didn't postpone, I couldn't forgive myself.

If it were just DH and I and we had no kids, likely we'd take our chances and go for it. But with a child along it's an entirely different thing. Add a senior who has recovered from a major stroke in the past 3 years and it's a no-brainer. We just can't go.

I wish the best to those going and wish luck in rescheduling to those who make a change. We did pretty well, and are planning to go the second week in November instead.

One thing in common with all the people I talked to, airline folk, Disney dining and CRO folks, were all scared. They all said that I was making a wise decision, and hoped that they would be spared.

Oh, how I hope that they're wrong and this thing loops back out into the atlantic to die.

Snacky, I hope your honeymoon turns out okay!

ruttie
09-09-2004, 01:45 PM
"We just cannot knowingly take our child and my senior dad into a situation that has the potential to be so dangerous. If anything happened to them because I didn't postpone, I couldn't forgive myself.

If it were just DH and I and we had no kids, likely we'd take our chances and go for it. But with a child along it's an entirely different thing. Add a senior who has recovered from a major stroke in the past 3 years and it's a no-brainer. We just can't go."

my thoughts axactly.. when faced with evacuation last week and sitting in a hotel room for 4 days over holeing up with my family on the mainland in a relatively secure house and saving money I chose evac I know we spent way t much money when we could have stayed at a shelter or with friends but toi me that was out of the question when i have 2 young boys to worry about!!! I am sorry you have decided to cancel but I think that was a wise decion for you. although I am being optimistic that IVAN wil GO AWAY!!! my luck my power will get turned om monday only to be Knocked out agian!!!!!

RoLaren
09-09-2004, 02:23 PM
ruttie I hope that you get to keep your power and that Ivan goes away!!!! :grouphug:

DisneyWisher
09-09-2004, 02:46 PM
Originally posted by SnackyStacky
I'm scheduled to leave on Monday morning, the 13th. My flight is to head out at 6:15 am.

If jetBlue is flying, so am I! :)

Disney World is 2 for 2. They had their parks open the day after Charley passed, and the day after Frances passed.

Hurricanes can turn without any warning, or notice. In September of 2002, Edouard was supposed to hit at Cape Canaveral and come right into Orlando. It was all over the news - lots of warnings. It turned north and didn't bother Florida at all.

Am I worried that it'll hit and affect my vacation? You bet! But like I said - people rode out the storms safely twice, and twice Disney had their parks open the day after.

Even though I can push back my trip (I don't wanna) ok enough whinning. Just as I sit here Poly's intinerary planning office calls me about me wanting to order the chocolate mickey and cinderella slipper for my daughter. I wanted it sent to the room. (yes, they do that). Its like its a sign not to cancel. But I am cancelling my PSs. If we go we can always book Hoop Dee Doo again and DD didn't want to go to CRT. So no biggie.

Imagine how slow Disney will be next week.

I know Ivan is a serious issue for all concerned but making light of it sometimes helps me deal with it. Please don't flame me.


Everyone stay safe and pray Ivan loses his strength,
Shirley

RoLaren
09-09-2004, 02:48 PM
Shirley, since you're already in FL, I don't blame you for taking your trip anyway! If we were already in the state, we would too. It just doesn't make sense to fly all the way out there in this situation.

I hope that the storm veers off, the crowds are non-existant for you and that you have a wonderful and relaxing trip!!!

lovmy2girls
09-09-2004, 04:28 PM
So Charley, Frances and Ivan-Congrats you have become strong hurricans what are you going to do next??? We're going to Disney World !

pandora174
09-09-2004, 04:28 PM
We're in South Florida & are headed out this Sat. So far I hope Ivan misses South Fl & Orlando. We've thought about cancelling but then we got these awesome rates for Sept & we couldn't afford rack rates for Oct. So there is our dilemma. Also if worse comes to worse being in Disney is better than sitting in our house with no power. We also have no shutters (we rent) so my DH thinks it's safer for us to be at Disney. I'm slightly optimistic since I've read all the posts as to how Disney handled Charley & Frances & how quickly they got everthing back up & running. & this trip has been planned all year. Our DS (21 months) has been thru alot lately (he was a preemie) & has developmental delays so we thought for a while he may have some neurological problems. The last 2 weeks for us has been MRI's, EEG's, DNA bloodwork, visits to every specialist but thank God everything is ok. He just needs more physical, speech & occupational therapy which he's been going thru since Dec. & we also were celabrating that he graduated from wearing a DOC band for the last 5 months (that's a helmet that re-shapes the head) ! & he LOVES disney so much. So we're hoping Sat, Sun are ok weatherwise & we'll see about Mon & Tues. We'll be there 9/11 - 9/19. :confused:

Melissa R
09-09-2004, 11:24 PM
pandora -

We've gone through a lot of the same trip-related thoughts as you have. We're in Fort Lauderdale and lost power for 31 hours (not much compared to some people, but still a long time to a 7 year old and a 2 year old). We've decided to go ahead with our trip (9/11-18) because I figure at least we shouldn't lose power, or not for long if we do. The hard part will be worrying about the house while we're gone if Ivan hits. I pray that we don't get a phone call from home telling us that the house was damaged, or worse.

Go away, Ivan! GO!!!!

Oh, pandora, where are you staying? We'll be at Pop. Have a great trip! (And I hope you come home to an intact house!) Enjoy your trip with your little one!

SweetestThing
09-10-2004, 05:51 AM
Originally posted by lovmy2girls
So Charley, Frances and Ivan-Congrats you have become strong hurricans what are you going to do next??? We're going to Disney World !

Okay, gotta admit you made me laugh:rotfl:
I leave tomorrow for Disney and I don't really want to meet Ivan.
Shoo Ivan, shoo!

pandora174
09-10-2004, 06:10 AM
Originally posted by Melissa R
pandora -


Oh, pandora, where are you staying? We'll be at Pop. Have a great trip! (And I hope you come home to an intact house!) Enjoy your trip with your little one!


We're splitting our stay, 9-11 thru 9/15 @ the WL & then moving to AKL for the rest of the stay 9/15 thru 9/19. Keeping my fingers crossed for Ivan to PLEASE PLEASE go away ! :duck:

susy
09-10-2004, 06:13 AM
We cancelled.

We were supposed to be a the MK this morning (after leaving yesterday). There are alot of reasons that I cancelled. We were supposed to come back Sunday.

I did not want to get stuck up there on on the roads in FL with everyone trying to evacuate every which way. Gas- did not want to arrive down here and not be able to fill up our tank again.

Probably the most important reason... I go to WDW to get away from the real world. Having this hurricane in the back of my mind, having to hear everyone talking about it up there and having to constantly check the forecasts is not my idea of fun.

Right now I am thinking of other things. Is my home going to make it? I live in a 3 story condo. No shutters on our windows-nothing to protect them and we live on the top floor-hope the roof does not go. If I stay in my home-I hope I live. As much as I love WDW.. I have bigger fish to fry right now!

GOOFYFREEK
09-10-2004, 06:31 AM
Unfortunatly I hate to say this but its not looking good. No matter what Orlando will get hit. Its just a matter of how much. Its the same where I live. Where going to get it, it just a matter of how hard.

In Orlando you should start to see the outer bands Monday morning.

Your right they dont know where its going. But people get confused with that directional map and think only the area in red will be effected. They tend not to realize this thing is the size of Texas. So while the eye might hit Tampa you will be feeling it all the way up into south Georgia.

But once again Disney is usually only closed half the day the day before all of the day it hits and usually opens the next day.

But I wouldnt plan on AK or any of the water parks.

I seen that Central Florida Theme parks lost 32 Million Dollars due to Frances hitting on Labor Day weekend.


Doug

tnkrbell
09-10-2004, 06:56 AM
We are still undecided!!! I really dont want to pay hundreds of dollars to sit in a hotle in the rain. (even if Ivan doesnt "hit" orlando if the storm is close it will rain alot. Still confused and still waiting. I guess Ill decide tomrow.

zalansky
09-10-2004, 07:16 AM
http://hurricanealley.net/Storms/09L.html

CURRENT TRACK

jlieblaw
09-10-2004, 07:17 AM
I've been praying that Ivan would hit anywhere but Florida, not just because we're going down to Disney but because the state's had enough problems to last the rest of hurricane season. We leave on the 16th for a convention there for the first couple of days followed by a week at the parks. We are staying at WL the whole time. I think by the time we leave the storm will be gone but I'm worried about the effects it will have on Disney and the Orange County convention center. We aren't thinking about cancelling. We figure the area can use our dollars. As a business owner, we know how it is to lose income you were counting on.

DisneyWisher
09-10-2004, 10:42 AM
Originally posted by RoLaren
Shirley, since you're already in FL, I don't blame you for taking your trip anyway! If we were already in the state, we would too. It just doesn't make sense to fly all the way out there in this situation.

I hope that the storm veers off, the crowds are non-existant for you and that you have a wonderful and relaxing trip!!!

Thanks, actually I have decided to go up a day earlier. One of the reasons I thought about cancelling was because we were only going for 4 days and if it was going to hit I didn't want 2 of those days spent in a hotel. Many things I want to add here but I don't want to chance the fates;). We will leave Sunday, I got someone to cover for me on Sunday and dad (my boss)said ok, but I think you are crazy. (sheesh he is just realizing that now):confused: LOL

Now just have to break it to DBF. He can't go til December, it will be his first trip in 30 years. OMG I'm giving away my age. LOL

Everyone stay safe and pray Ivan loses his strength,
Shirley

Rhonda922
09-10-2004, 11:13 AM
Too bad that we can't see if there's any other hurricanes coming down the pike through the end of the season.

Rhonda922
09-10-2004, 11:35 AM
We're suppose to stay at CSR next month. Does anyone know their cancellation policy?

jwfla422
09-10-2004, 11:47 AM
Depending on whether you reserved a package or a "room only" reservation would depend on the canel policy.

A "room only" reservation requires a 72 hr cancel. If you cancel prior to 72 hrs you will get your deposit back. If you cancel within the 72 hrs you will not get your deposit back but you can (and would be best to) use it toward different dates.

If there's a hurricane threat then WDW may drop this cancel policy for that time period.

mousefan
09-10-2004, 12:12 PM
Disney Cruise Line

With the scheduled re-opening of Port Canaveral this week, the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder will depart from this home port as originally scheduled.

The Disney Magic will set sail on Saturday, Sept. 11, from Port Canaveral. Due to Hurricane Ivan's projected path through the Western Caribbean, Disney Cruise Line has modified this sailing to call on ports in the Eastern Caribbean including stops at St. Thomas and San Juan. Depending on the company's ability to complete beach restoration at Castaway Cay, the third port will be either Castaway Cay or Nassau on Friday, Sept. 17.

The 4-night Disney Wonder cruise will depart as planned on Sunday, Sept. 12, from Port Canaveral. The ship will sail to Nassau, spend the night, and allow clients to enjoy the next day at sea. The Disney Wonder will return to Port Canaveral on Sept. 16.

Disney Cruise Line continues to monitor the path of Hurricane Ivan and will keep agents updated on any operational changes that may occur as a result of its course.

mousefan
09-10-2004, 12:13 PM
Disney Destinations Hurricane Ivan Update

Friday, Sept. 10, Noon



Walt Disney World and Walt Disney Travel Company

Due to Hurricane Ivan, a temporary cancellation and "No Show" policy has been adopted for travel agents who have booked reservations through Walt Disney World or the Walt Disney Travel Company (agents that have booked through another tour operator should contact that company for its specific cancellation policy).

"No Show" penalties will be waived for any Client arrivals between Sunday, Sept. 12 and Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004.

SnackyStacky
09-10-2004, 01:31 PM
Originally posted by jwfla422
Depending on whether you reserved a package or a "room only" reservation would depend on the canel policy.

A "room only" reservation requires a 72 hr cancel. If you cancel prior to 72 hrs you will get your deposit back. If you cancel within the 72 hrs you will not get your deposit back but you can (and would be best to) use it toward different dates.

If there's a hurricane threat then WDW may drop this cancel policy for that time period.

Obviously, the cancellation policy has changed - but just for future reference for anyone else reading, you lose your deposit if you cancel 5 days or fewer prior to arrival. Not 3. :)

LATigger
09-10-2004, 01:39 PM
Researched it today with the storm hitting Tuesday PM of Wednesday AM and due there Thursday AM for 4 nights @ WL. We are coming IF it is not severely damaged and IF the airport is open. Wouldn't miss it for the world. My travel agent says we could even cancel ON the 16th from the way Disney release reads but sure don't want to.

Happy it is not hitting here at home...most likely. :)

jwfla422
09-10-2004, 02:03 PM
Sorry that is correct, i can't add these days (losing track from counting boards on our windows--you can relate if you live here in FL and have been dealing with hurricanes every week)-my mind is frazzled.

It is 5 days and it's been 5 days for quite some time so that would be 120 hours BUT you will NOT lose your deposit if you reschedule because it can be applied to your rescheduled trip. We did this last year.

SnackyStacky
09-10-2004, 02:23 PM
Originally posted by jwfla422
Sorry that is correct, i can't add these days (losing track from counting boards on our windows--you can relate if you live here in FL and have been dealing with hurricanes every week)-my mind is frazzled.

It is 5 days and it's been 5 days for quite some time so that would be 120 hours BUT you will NOT lose your deposit if you reschedule because it can be applied to your rescheduled trip. We did this last year.

You're forgiven jwfla422. Have a bit on your mind do you? ;)

zumbergc
09-10-2004, 02:31 PM
I have a question about supplies in orlando.
I've been reading places that there have been shortages
for perishable goods, and gas.

Is that happening in orlando?
Just wondering because we like to rent a car, and wondering
if there will be problems filling up the gas tank.

Plus, we like to stop at the grocery store for some snacks,
fruit, milk etc.
Are people having a rough time finding things?
Are the disney restaraunts, or fast food places being
limited by any food shortages?

Just wondering.
We are heading out the next week, after ivane is suppose
to have gone by. I'm hoping it avoid orlando, it would be
awesome if it just skipped florida somehow.

Thanks,
Connie

Shellh
09-10-2004, 02:38 PM
We are heading to WDW from Toronto on the 16th and I am not thinking of canceling at this point. We will play it by ear. We are so looking forward to our trip and believe (as others have mentioned) that if we can go we should go and spend, spend, spend. Every little bit will help the economy.
I am hopeful that Ivan makes a turn somewhere and leaves Florida in peace.
So many things go through your mind. Even if Florida gets missed, where will it go and who will be impacted? Also, if it heads this way, as many of them do (lucky for us usually only as storms), will our airports be grounded anyways?
So many things to consider...

Hope all is well in Florida.
S

SomeSayImGoofy
09-10-2004, 03:18 PM
Originally posted by LATigger
Researched it today with the storm hitting Tuesday PM of Wednesday AM ...

Hmm.... We're scheduled to arrive on the 15th in the evening (9PM or so...)

According to the latest map from NOAA.gov, it looks like it will be well away from WDW by that time. But since I've never even been within 1000 miles of a hurricane (give me earthquakes any day. :) ), I have no idea if this map REALLY means I will be OK for a Wed PM arrival...

I know it's a moving target... whaddayasay?

Thanks

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ftp/graphics/AT09/refresh/AL0904W5+GIF/101508W5.gif

tnkrbell
09-10-2004, 03:23 PM
We think we are canceling our trip. We were suppose to go Sunday the 12th but with Ivan we thought why spend the money and sit in the rain and even worse possibly a hurricane. there will be rain before and after probably.

zalansky
09-10-2004, 04:47 PM
Honestly, the tracks of Ivan's possible paths are chaging almost hourly. When I left work at 4:30pm EST it was heading right at Tampa. They have already closed the schools in our county on Monday 09/13. Rumors are flying that gas stations are running out of gas, milk is almost gone from stores....it is very nerve wracking and alot of us down here are scared.
It could change again, and probably will, let's hope farther away from Florida.

SnackyStacky
09-10-2004, 05:28 PM
Originally posted by tnkrbell
We think we are canceling our trip. We were suppose to go Sunday the 12th but with Ivan we thought why spend the money and sit in the rain and even worse possibly a hurricane. there will be rain before and after probably.

Actually, typically, the weather is eerily beautiful after a hurricane.

Unless there's another one on the horizon... a la Frances, a la Ivan.....

zalansky
09-10-2004, 09:02 PM
Well, the weather here has been far from beautiful after the hurricanes. It has been overcast, rainy, hot and very humid. Far from beautiful if you ask me and I am living it.

dpic
09-11-2004, 08:56 AM
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ftp/graphics/AT09/refresh/AL0904W5+GIF/110918W5.gif
As of Saturday morning, Ivan appears to be drifting further west. Surprisingly, Ivan did not directly hit Jamaica. It appears as though, for now, it will not directly impact WDW, but PD goes out to the people of Cuba and those along the Gulf coast.

safetymom
09-11-2004, 09:04 AM
There is still a large margin for error with Ivan. No one in FL is relaxing just yet.

granmanh603
09-11-2004, 09:19 AM
Just my two cent. My daughter and family(3 young children) were down in
WDW for Charley....they were at the parks for 1/2 Friday. Hurrican hit Fri night, back at the park 10AM Sat morning..so they lost 1/2 day at the parks thats all. Lost no power and the other family members that stayed off did lose power but left MCO with a little delay on Sat PM Jet Blue. It seems like only like to post all the negative stuff.:earsgirl:

safetymom
09-11-2004, 09:23 AM
Glad to hear that your family had a great vacation during Charley. Keep in mind that many many people were affected by Charley. I don't want a weekend like that again.

Feralpeg
09-11-2004, 10:37 AM
Just something to keep in mind. The day after the hurricane passes there are usually a lot of tornado warnings. At least that was the way it was with Frances. Also, if you are staying at a Disney resort, once the storm begins you will be in a lockdown situation. They sandbag the doors and nobody gets out. We've also had curfews after each hurricane. No ideal for vacationing.

tnkrbell
09-11-2004, 05:32 PM
Ok so we rescheduled for the 15th-19th. and I was so surprised how hard it was to do!!Everything was booked!!!! Well here is hopping that Ivan doesnt hurt anyone!!

Kajunswty
09-11-2004, 05:44 PM
We went ahead and rescheduled......didn't want to take a chance leaving the girls. Now, Ivan looks like he may want to visit us at home :(

Well, we've always wanted to go to MNSSHP.....so we'll be celebrating our "honeymoon" a month late with the girls. Life could be worse ;)

Good luck to everyone with their decisions ~ And with alot of prayers maybe Ivan will go away!!!!!!

A Mickeyfan
09-11-2004, 06:21 PM
Originally posted by zalansky
Well, the weather here has been far from beautiful after the hurricanes. It has been overcast, rainy, hot and very humid. Far from beautiful if you ask me and I am living it.
ditto here... beautiful...not down here it isn't.

A Mickeyfan
09-11-2004, 06:39 PM
Originally posted by granmanh603
Just my two cent. My daughter and family(3 young children) were down in
WDW for Charley....they were at the parks for 1/2 Friday. Hurrican hit Fri night, back at the park 10AM Sat morning..so they lost 1/2 day at the parks thats all. Lost no power and the other family members that stayed off did lose power but left MCO with a little delay on Sat PM Jet Blue. It seems like only like to post all the negative stuff.:earsgirl:
It is just that there is more negative than positive surrounding these storms. Your family was lucky to not have lost electric, I read that some of the WDW resorts did for a while. I also read that some of them closed down the food courts & were serving bagged meals. I read that the GF had a limited menu, so not everything was up & running to the fullest just prior & after the storm. WDW parks were closed for more than 1/2 day after Frances. The airport closed for what....about 2 & 1/2 days... All that we are saying is that you are taking a chance & is it worth it? Would your family have enjoyed it if their flight was canceled for 2 days & the resort told them that they couldn't stay because the rooms were sold out for the next few days?? I don't want to sound nasty but that is something that could have happened to them. I know if I am spending a lot of money on a vacation, I don't want to have to worry about not being able to enjoy myself while there.

Dizzy4Dizney
09-11-2004, 08:06 PM
We decided NOT to reschedule and are down at the BCV right now waiting to watch Illumniations from our room. We even capitalized on someone cancelling Cindy's Table Monday morning!

It's very quiet down here.

Princessmom2
09-11-2004, 10:38 PM
Ivan seems to think that since the rest of the state has gotten nailed by hurricanes, it might as well get the Panhandle too. Watching and waiting to see what to do, as well as the rest of Florida. The computer models (which are not guarranteed!) keep changing and moving everything west. Landfall at this moment in time is projected at Panama City. I'm sure it will be different tomorrow, probably over us. Louisiana is now in the projected path, which it hasn't been before today.

But at least all of you who were hit by Frances and Charley will be spared this one, hopefully!

disneybound2005
09-11-2004, 10:44 PM
It seems that Ivan is still going some what westerly according to this satellite image:

http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/PS/TROP/DATA/RT/gmex-vis-loop.html