Disney World the Day After Hurricane Irma

Living near Disney World means that we were right in the path of Hurricane Irma. Throughout the days leading up to the arrival of Hurricane Irma she kept shifting so at times it looked like we and Disney would get a direct hit. Thankfully her arrival was not as horrible as feared but she certainly left her mark-lots of downed trees, power outages, and lots of lost shingles and damaged fences.

The week before when the path of Hurricane Irma became known our school district canceled school on Friday, September 8th and Monday, September 11th. However on Monday morning after Hurricane Irma had left Central Florida it become obvious that school would not be able to be opened on the 12th.

Thankfully our house had zero damage. After being inside most of Sunday and then on Monday cabin fever was setting in. Disney World was reopening the 4 theme parks on Tuesday the 12th. I hopped on My Disney Experience, and saw there was a Chef Mickey’s reservation at 9:30am. I booked it, and made fastpasses for myself, my daughter and her friend.

I know it seems odd to head off to Disney right after a catastrophic hurricane. But it was truly magical.

Very few people were at Chef Mickey’s. Usually the characters rush through so quickly. With so few people they spent a lot of time interacting with guests, and made multiple stops.

After finishing breakfast we headed to Magic Kingdom. As we were walking in there was another family next to us. The father and I started talking about how great it felt to be at Disney. He told me they were without power and all they could think was, let’s go to Disney. He explained there would be places to buy food and get some ac if needed. While it would get hot later in the day-in the morning the weather was truly gorgeous-blue skies and a cool breeze.

Usually by 11am Main Street is super crowded. A picture with such an empty background is unheard of even at 9am, let along any time after that.

We could not get over the short waits-most everything only had a 5 to 15 minute wait. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train had a 30 minute wait-that is considered a very short wait for that ride.

We did make sure to thank Cast Members for being there, and ask them how they were doing.

Definitely a visit we will remember!


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