Tag Archives: Hurricane Irma

Baby Manatee Orphaned During Hurricane Irma Thriving and Growing at SeaWorld

The orphaned manatee calf brought to SeaWorld Orlando during 2017’s Hurricane Irma has officially been named Jose after SeaWorld staff cast their votes. When Jose first arrived at SeaWorld, he had to be coaxed into his bottle feedings. Animal-Care Specialist Jennifer Parnell played a big part in getting the calf to eat and now says, […]

Disney Cruise Line Cancels Stops at Tortola Through March

While some ports have reopened, the damage in the Eastern Caribbean due to Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria is still affecting the port of Tortola in the British Virgin islands. In order to provide the best guest experience, Disney Cruise Line has made the decision to instead visit Philipsburg, St. Maarten on all Eastern Caribbean […]

Disney’s Communication Leading Up to Hurricane Irma – WDW Resort Guest Perspective

When you plan your Walt Disney World vacation you probably hope for blue skies and sunshine. Being from the UK, we absolutely love this aspect of Florida. Sunshine doesn’t appear here very often! So when the word hurricane raised its ugly head on our recent September trip, you can imagine we were slightly disappointed that the […]

Disney Magic Makes a Change to Upcoming Eastern Caribbean Cruise

Last month, Disney Cruise Line made a small adjustment to the Disney Magic‘s December 1st 5-night sailing out of San Juan, giving guests more time to arrive in the port by delaying the all-aboard time. Now, the ship is making another change and will be skipping its stop in Tortola. Tortola is one of the […]

Staying at Disney Before Hurricane Irma: Part 4

The Saturday before Irma I have never, and hopefully will never again, be happier to leave Disney than I was on the Saturday morning before Hurricane Irma hit Florida. Our Magical Express Bus was due to leave at 8 am and, already prepped from the night before, my husband and I shared a final cup of […]

Staying at Disney Before Hurricane Irma: Part 3

The Friday before Irma As I woke up around 6 am on Friday morning, I realized that finding a new Saturday morning flight felt similar to pulling up to Disney property the day before: less elating than I anticipated. I was in disbelief, and overwhelmed with gratitude; but also unsure if it would be enough […]

Staying at Disney Before Hurricane Irma: Part 2

*Note that this article is the second piece in a 4-part series. You can read part 1 HERE. Getting to Disney from South Florida The pre-daybreak drive from Jupiter to Orlando doesn’t take that long, maybe 2.5 hours or so, but on Thursday morning it took more than 4. I continued to call airline carriers, […]

Staying at Walt Disney World Before Hurricane Irma: Part 1

* Note that this article is the first piece in a 4-part series.  Setting the stage Over Labor Day weekend, my family — my husband, mother, and I — fulfilled a “we should” dream that we had been talking about for years, and took a trip to Disney World together. We shared a one bedroom […]

Disney Cruise Line Extends Eastern Caribbean Itinerary Adjustments

Disney Cruise Line has confirmed that adjustments are now being made to the Eastern Caribbean itinerary aboard the Disney Fantasy through at least the December 2nd sailing. Due to damage from Hurricane Irma in the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, the ports of Tortola and St. Thomas are still not available to cruise ships, so […]

Damages to Port Canaveral Cost About $2.9 Million From Hurricane Irma

Port Canaveral is the closest cruise port to Walt Disney World, as it is only about an hour drive away. According to Florida Today, the reported damages to Port Canaveral will cost an estimated $2.9 million dollars. Much of that, almost $1.5 million, will be directed toward the restoration of State Road 528’s eastbound lanes. […]