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willproph
09-09-2004, 10:55 AM
We are scheduled to go on our first trip to Disney World on Thursday September 16. It looks like if Ivan hits, it will be on Tuesday and will be cleared out by Thursday. I know that there will be damage, but it should be safe to travel and the airport should be up and running.

Does everyone agree with me? My 3 year old is so excited and won't notice storm damage so long as the Magic Kingdom is still there.

I of course want the storm to weaken, but my family lived through Hugo in SC and I understand the reality of the storms.

Thanks.

KevinFSU
09-09-2004, 11:10 AM
We are supposed to go down on Friday the 17th, and are still planning on it. Though powerful, Ivan is a rather small storm. When it hits land, it is going to significantly weaken. The current path has it going over a lot of land. Of course who knows, one path had Frances making a direct impact on Jacksonville, but struck well south. I would still plan on going.

enchantedpixiedust
09-09-2004, 11:34 AM
We're driving from Texas leaving on the 17th - still planning on going.

skiwee1
09-09-2004, 11:38 AM
I just heard that Ivan is now a Cat 5 storm with winds almost off the charts at 160mph! I cannot imagine the horror of going through two hurricanes in 3 weeks with yet a worse one to possibly come. We went through Isabel last year, a small Cat 2, and that was bad enough. Hopefully Ivan will turn.

Rozzie
09-09-2004, 11:39 AM
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We are leaving sept 17th....If it stays close to the path it is now, it will be gone by thursday at latest. No, I am not an expert, but a gulf coast resident that has long quit counting hurricanes experienced. Frances was UNUSUAL. not the norm. usually they don't stall. I say usually with caution, however. but when they stall, they weaken quickly if over any land mass.

Go to noaa.com, don't watch the weather channel. They will have you hiding in your bathroom in California. I think it is a field day for them for ratings, scary music, same tree down on same road for 4 day images.

My prayers do go out to my fellow florida residents, I have lots of family down there. In no way do I want to cheapen the danger of hurricanes, just wish there was not so much dramatics and just factual news reports.

arizonacolbys
09-09-2004, 02:42 PM
We fly into Orlando around lunchtime on Weds 9/15 - as of right now - we are still planning on going. Need a vacation - & have been planning & looking forward to this for so long! :) Unless things change drastically - we'll be at POP next week!!! :)

harlock_jds
09-09-2004, 02:50 PM
i'm leaveing on the 19'th and i'm not even considering canceling. sure i'll change my plans if Disney ends up in oz or something but right now i'm not even sure ivan is going to hit florada.

mrFDNY
09-09-2004, 03:13 PM
we also are planning to arrive at disney on the 17th,we will be watching ivan close to see what it does. its still far out there and things could change.should be past orlando by the 16 and disney is quick at cleaning up and getting back to bussiness.we'll all have to wait and see, but just in case does anyone know how to get to oz and could you give me the directions?

Luvofdisney
09-09-2004, 03:21 PM
We too are starting out from Long Island on wed. the 15th driving, we will take our time and get there by thurs. afternoon at some point. Hopefully by then all will be o.k. I have family in Fla. and am very worried for them, I hope Ivan goes away or at least dies down,
We really want to keep the trip on if at all possible, other then this trip we would not be able to postpone for 2 years so we're keeping plans as "on" for now:earsgirl:
That doesn't mean right now I'm not freaking out and totally sick to my stomach right now:earseek:
Michele spera
who is with all of you!
"Ivan go away"

SomeSayImGoofy
09-09-2004, 03:25 PM
Originally posted by mrFDNY
but just in case does anyone know how to get to oz and could you give me the directions?

I think all you need to do is get someone to hit you over the head with a screen door... to get home, you'll have to grab somebodys tacky red-sequined shoes... :)

wizzytoon
09-09-2004, 03:27 PM
mrFDNY it is “Second star to the right,” , “and then straight on till morning.” oh wait.........that's the way to Neveland Sorry:wave2:

LisaZoe
09-09-2004, 03:41 PM
My DD and I are scheduled to fly into MCO on Tuesday, 9/14 around 6:00 PM. Since that is currently the day the projections show Ivan might be hitting Orlando, I'm definitely going to keep checking its progress. Right now, though, I'm not changing our travel plans but will definitely do so if necessary. While I am very ready to go now, I won't mind too much if we need to reschedule. The main thing is that we <B>will</B> be going to WDW soon!

mamamia
09-09-2004, 05:55 PM
We are supposed to arrive at MCO thursday morning (9/16) from New York. We are going to keep an eye on Ivan. As of now if the airports are open, we are going. The good thing for me on this trip is that we are heading to Universal first, so if my trip does get delayed I won't be too upset. We don't get to Disney until the 19th.

Pigsty333
09-09-2004, 06:04 PM
No matter what happens, good luck to everyone and their trips. We have survived both. However, Ivan is shifting a little, but not enough. Orlando International Airport closed last Friday morning to any incoming and outgoing flights. It did not reopen until the 6th. It did suffer substantial damage during Charley and then with Frances.

There are gates that you have to exit the planes and walk on the tarmac because those accordion hallways got blown away. The area around Southwest, Air Tran terminals had their roofs blown off. They have been working pretty hard to keep it open. My husband is part of the maintenance crew at Orlando, so as soon as I hear anything from him about closings, I will post it.

Other than that, enjoy your vacation if you venture and come out to Florida during this awful hurricane season.

1018scr
09-09-2004, 06:08 PM
We live near Tampa. We are planning to evacuate to PORS if it comes our way. We have ressies for Sunday - Wednesday. Is anyone else leaving the Florida coast to wait out the storm with Mickey Mouse?

Tinkerbell04
09-09-2004, 06:26 PM
My parents are flying in MCO on Saturday the 11th with my DD. I am supposed to fly in on the morning of the 15th to meet them....I hope!

Stitch's mom
09-09-2004, 09:04 PM
What a great idea. My sister lives in St. Pete and I'll tell her to evacuate and how can she refuse THE WORLD? She is married to one stubborn man and he WON'T leave. :scared1: Maybe I'll tell her to leave him home and meet me there on Saturday!:smooth: Take care! My DD (11) picked out the smilies as she delayed bedtime!

Alicnwondrln
09-09-2004, 09:19 PM
Well I fly outta logan on the 18th at 630 am
If the planes leaving im going

Dizzy4Dizney
09-09-2004, 09:22 PM
DH & I have been going back and forth on this all week. It's been very stressful, but I'm sure not as stressful for all people living in Florida.

We are still planning on coming Sat and hope for the best. We gave money to the Red Cross to help with the relief effort and we plan to spend more to help with the Florida economy.

I pray to God all day that he spares Florida with this one. I hope he's listening today.

A Mickeyfan
09-09-2004, 09:31 PM
I will warn you all about our gas situation here. I am on the SW Gulf Side and our local news has said that if we want to get gas, we need to get it now, if we can find it. The aren't bringing any into my area & other places in the state as well. Maybe someone can verify what is up in their area of the state. The ports are closed & the tankers can't get in. They are bracing for Ivan & some are damaged from the other storms. If you plan on coming, expect long lines for gas, even if the storm ends up not hitting near Orlando. Our state isnt' doing the greatest now & Ivan will be the icing on the cake. I hate to sound so down, but those of you who haven't seen it first hand have no clue. Disney may look good, but surrounding area's don't. My sister is north of Daytona & she has said they have the gas shortage as well as food. Her local deliveries for "cold" items are all on hold until they see what it happening with Ivan. Stores don't want to loose any more inventory. Same thing is happening here... I can't find milk anywhere. Sounds as if it isn't true, but I am sure there are others on this board that can verify what I am saying. Sorry for bringing bad news to all of you, but if you can cancel, please do so. The Keys are evacuating, Collier may be soon, not sure about Lee (I am there). Roads are flooded out, sink holes on I-95 & I-75. Parts of all major roads are closed (either debris, flooding, sink holes). It is a mess. We have large trucks all over doing clean up, traffic is slower, we have people driving from all over the US to come & help.. I know I sound crazy but that has been my life here since 8/13. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying to cancel so we can have your rooms at Disney. Most of us may not even want to head out there anymore since Orlando has been hit twice in 3 weeks.

KarlaG4Kids
09-09-2004, 09:50 PM
Originally posted by SomeSayImGoofy
I think all you need to do is get someone to hit you over the head with a screen door... to get home, you'll have to grab somebodys tacky red-sequined shoes... :)

I'm going on the 19th and sure hope the weather is clear by then.

If somebody needs directions back to oz I can help you out. Just follow me. Believe me, the red shoes don't work (I've tried before).

Toto, I'm still in Kansas for now, but I'm heading for Florida soon.:sunny:

With all of that said, as much as I want to get to Florida in 9 days I will cancel/postpone my plans if Ivan hits and the residents of Florida need for additional visitors to stop coming. I don't want to put any more stress on the good residents of the Sunshine state. Best wishes and my prayers are with all of you.

tyco
09-09-2004, 09:52 PM
I'm so sorry to hear how life is for you right now - We were on vacation when Charley hit and I couldn't believe the damage to the Orlando area! I was so scared - We never experienced anything like that - I met so many people who were there at the same time and they said their vacation went on just fine (all of these people flew in, stayed at a theme park resort and flew out!) We drove and saw the damage first hand - We left feeling very sad for the state of Florida - We love to visit for the theme parks, beaches and the warm temp - I love Florida and I hope that IVAN fizzles out way before it hits land! Please know we are thinking of you and hoping the best - We want Florida to stay in one piece!

Sue

Jen D
09-09-2004, 10:01 PM
I feel pretty good about coming down on the 18th, but I'm a little worried about the weather on the day we fly out... Three-four days after Frances we had massive storms and flooding that kind of shut down transportation for a day... hope this isn't the case the day we fly.

A Mickeyfan
09-09-2004, 10:07 PM
Originally posted by tyco
I'm so sorry to hear how life is for you right now - We were on vacation when Charley hit and I couldn't believe the damage to the Orlando area! I was so scared - We never experienced anything like that - I met so many people who were there at the same time and they said their vacation went on just fine (all of these people flew in, stayed at a theme park resort and flew out!) We drove and saw the damage first hand - We left feeling very sad for the state of Florida - We love to visit for the theme parks, beaches and the warm temp - I love Florida and I hope that IVAN fizzles out way before it hits land! Please know we are thinking of you and hoping the best - We want Florida to stay in one piece!

Sue
Seeing it first hand it the only way to really believe what is happening here.... between the west coast with Charley, the east with Frances & everywhere in between, we are one mess! Can't speak for the PanHandle...but I don't think they are in the best shape from Frances this week either.

jwfla422
09-09-2004, 10:26 PM
A Mickeyfan - Yes I can totally relate, we are down here in Northern Broward County and it's pretty similar. One store has perishibles and the other doesn't and the gas thing will probably start all over again (although we still have stations that never really got "refilled") and that really worries me if we wanted to get out of "dodge" but I just hope we can "dodge" IVAN.

I wouldn't plan a vacation trip until after the threat passes. I know many people do, but I just wish there was more information about how August and September are "peak" hurricane season months. We've been SO DARN LUCKY not to get hit with much the past several years but they've been out there in the waters. We've just been lucky to have some kind of weather system divert them away from us, but obviously we've run out of that luck.

I can't imagine if Ivan hits and it makes sense for the stores to "wait" on stocking perishibles for the tons of $$ lost in throwing all of their previous "bad" food away because of electric outages, of course that doesn't help us.

At least when you go to a restaurant (that is open of course right now), you have some choice of their menu items, but many of them are out of items.

SO if you do go to WDW right after IVAN and it hits the region expect to be inconvenienced A LOT! Gas may be tough to find and forget about finding perishible foods the first few days. ANd, if you can't find them at the stores, don't expect many restaurants to have them either (like WDW restaurants), etc, etc.

Yes we need the boost in tourism but don't get "stuck" in a situation that is just too hard to believe until you're in it! And this one could be even more damaging!! I condsider us lucky with the one that just passed. No electric for 4 or 5 days, could have been worse!!

I'd really wait to see where it goes before I'd go where it went:rolleyes: