Sunday, October 23, 2016

Hurricane Matthew at Walt Disney World

If you've been following me on social media or on YouTube you'll know that my family was staying at Walt Disney World during Hurricane Matthew earlier this month.

We arrived to dramatic but ominous Florida skies!  There had been lots of chatter about the hurricane that was coming and what was going to happen...

We were staying at the Contemporary, which, as I heard one lady describe it to her worried family on the phone, is "a concrete block with generators."  Not a bad place to ride out a hurricane!

The parks did end up closing early (at 5pm) on Thursday, October 6 - we were in the Magic Kingdom and heard the announcements overhead.  It was actually a great time to be in the park in terms of crowds - the lines were so short!

Obviously we stocked up on the grey stuff. ;)

The parks were closed all day on Friday, October 7.  This is the fourth time in history the Disney Parks have closed due to a hurricane, and luckily it ended up largely passing us by.

It was really interesting to see all the hurricane activities at the Contemporary - jigsaw puzzles out on tables in the hallways, movies in one of the ballrooms, games for the kids, and characters out meeting and greeting.  There were boxed meals you could purchase, but the restaurants were still open...

...we had an unplanned and characterless but delicious brunch at Chef Mickey's!  All the cast members on the hurricane crew were so friendly and up-beat, and we really appreciated them being there. :)

Hanging with Pluto.

Monorail Red and Monorail Green weathered the storm inside the Grand Canyon Concourse.


Here's how the barricaded the open air monorail doors.

For more of our Hurricane Matthew experiences at Disney, catch the vlog here:

Thanks to all of you who sent kind wishes via social media, and I hope everyone in the path of Hurricane Matthew stayed safe and is doing well!

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