View Full Version : CBR during a hurricane
09-09-2004, 11:26 PM
First let me say that everyone who lives in FL are definitely in the thoughts and prayers from those of us in PA. I can't imagine what you folks are dealing with. My DH, and two DDs and I have reservations at CBR from 9/12 to 9/16. With Ivan fast approaching I was wondering what do we do during a hurricane at CBR? Since there is no lobby, are there snack/beverage machines in each building? I am feeling completely sick over this but our travel agent says we really shouldn't cancel and she hasn't heard anything from WDW as to allowing us cancel without loosing A LOT of money - we thought travel insurance would cover the weather - we were wrong! We are shipping off on the Wonder on 9/16 for a three day cruise to somewhere?!:confused:
09-10-2004, 01:59 AM
Well, if you go, then you'll be rolling the dice. Let's hope you don't throw Craps!:cool:
09-10-2004, 05:21 AM
I would keep checking to see if you can reschedule your vacation. Since the path of the hurricane seems to be hitting FL again you may have no problems rescheduling with penalties.
09-10-2004, 11:44 AM
The current policy is. For arrivals from now until 09/16/04 all penalties have been waived. This could change if the storm outlook gets worse.
09-10-2004, 02:01 PM
I would DEFINITELY reschedule. You're right in the "window" when the hurricane is likely to affect Florida. If Ivan hits while you're there, it will be no fun at all.
You can now change your flights (if any) and your WDW reservations without any penalty.
09-10-2004, 04:36 PM
No doubt about it, I would reschedule. You'd be there in the worst time and there's no fun in that.
09-10-2004, 05:09 PM
Although we hated to do it, we rescheduled ours. We were supposed to go September 4 - 11, then Frances decided to show up. We rescheduled for the first weekend in December. We are glad we did, we would have hated to be at WDW and it be raining most of the time. I would definately reschedule if you can.
09-10-2004, 09:10 PM
We stayed at CBR 9/2-9/9, had to stay in our room saturday and sunday because of Frances. Knowing today what we didn't know then, we would have rescheduled our trip. It wasn't as bad as they thought it would be, but all the rain and wind damaged the "magic". We had a hard time getting back into being at WDW and now we won't be back next year as probably would have been happening. It was an experience and a memorable vacation for sure, but we wouldn't do it again if we had the choice.
When the parks reopen again, only some of the rides will be working too.
If you can reschedule I know I would, if you can't, then go and make the best of it :)
09-10-2004, 10:55 PM
To answer your food question, there are soda/pop machines near the first floor ice makers and at the bus stop. That being said, I wouldn't try to use one during a hurricane, unless my room was next to the ice room. We were at the CBR from 8/29/04 until 9/6/04. Frances hit overnight on the 4th-5th. Disney was basically shut down, as was everything in the area that we knew of due to safety issues. We were sent letters and voice mail messages to our room stating that Disney CMs recommended that we be prepared to stay in our room for up to 30 hours and to also purchase non-perishable food for that time. We bought some food at Goodings, because the Publix was closed, and a few things at the food court in Port Royale, but we didn't buy enough. We didn't believe that we would be stuck in the room that long! In the end it was only about 24 hours, but Port Royale was closed from 4pm on Saturday until 5:30pm on Sunday. I was disappointed that Disney was charging so much for bottled water--I think a 32 oz bottle of Dansani was $3.50. They did give out styrofoam coolers and ice for guests. We were lucky to have requested a mini-fridge when we arrived, so we were able to buy some cold items.
I did feel safe at the resort, even though we were just in the room. I know some area hotels were letting guests stay in window-less ballrooms. Disney certainly attempted to make the best of the situation and the CMs were very accomodating. We had to stay an extra night due to the airport closure and did not have a problem getting an extension on our stay. We also were given comp passes for our two missed days at the parks (we had the ultimate park hopper passes) and were able to make up one day before we had to catch our flight home. The passes are good for twenty years.
If you are able to reschedule, I would do so. We were lucky and got a full week in before the storm hit. The storm did damper the end of the vacation and I will never go back to Florida again during hurricane season. (I was in Sarasota during Hurricane Andrew in '92-ugh, some lessons are hard to learn!)
Good luck! (sorry this is long)
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