Hurricane Dorian Update #1

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A friend shared a message on social media that sums up how much of Florida feels–watching the track of Dorian is like being stalked by a turtle. Even the weather folks are frustrated with this storm. With every update of the five-day cone, the end points forecasted should move. With this storm, it just keeps slowing down. The track has also shifted slightly to the south, but the cone of uncertainty is wide enough that Dorian could still make landfall in a wide range of area on the east coast of Florida–or even run up the coast and never fully make landfall.

Many of the current models show that it makes landfall and will start moving north through the center of the state. Local weather experts are telling us to start making our final preparations on Sunday, because we will likely start feeling the effects on Monday, and Tuesday, and Wednesday.

What sort of impact will Central Florida see? Right now, rain (up to two feet, bringing flooding), wind (in the range of 75+ mph), and tornadoes. As the track gets more certain, we’ll know if those stats will need to be adjusted in terms of amount of rain and windspeed.

How many days with the parks be closed? Tough to say. Disney will keep the parks open as much as they can, but safety comes first.

Here’s what the 5 p.m. Friday update looks like.

We are starting to get changes and closures in, however.

Closings, Cancellations, and Changes

A Gatsby Evening at the Edison, scheduled for Sunday, September 1, has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 19. For more information, or to ask questions about this rescheduling, email TheEdisonCS@PatinaGroup.com.

Some DCL itineraries have been adjusted for the upcoming storm, including:

  • The August 30 sailing on the Disney Dream¬†departed as scheduled today. However, it will now be a 5-night sailing and head towards the Western Caribbean. The Dream is projected to visit Cozumel on Sunday, and Castaway Cay on Tuesday. She is anticipated to return to Port Canaveral on Wednesday, September 4. This change is at no additional cost. Guests on this sailing can elect to change the date of their cruise, but must do so by calling 866-325-3905 or 407-566-7032 by noon on Friday.
  • The September 2 sailing of the Disney Dream will now be a 2-night cruise, departing instead on September 4. It is scheduled to visit Castaway Cay on Thursday, and return back to Port Canaveral on Friday. Guests on this sailing will receive a refund of 50% of their cruise fare, as well as a $250 onboard credit. Guests can opt to change their dates by calling 866-325-3905 or 407-566-7032.

AIRPORT UPDATE: Orlando International Airport has announced that it will cease commercial flight operations on Monday Morning, September 2, 2019, at 2:00 a.m. You can read the full announcement here. If you have a flight scheduled around that time, you will want to check with your air carrier.

We’ll keep updating as new information comes in.

Julia Mascardo

Freelance writer and editor, living the dream in Central Florida with my husband, cats, and spirited nine-year-old daughter.

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