The Downlow | Friday, Oct. 7

Hey all, thanks for stopping by the Dis Downlow! We’re safe and sound and coming to you live from Kissimee, Florida (right outside Orlando) where the last few hours of Hurricane Matthew are bearing down on us.

As you might have heard, all major theme parks in the area are closed today. Disney and Universal parks closed yesterday at 5 pm. For Walt Disney World, this is the first time since 2004 that the parks have closed for the day, and only the fourth time since the parks opened in 1971. Whoa.

Thanks for the calls and texts from family. It turns out that over night, Hurricane Matthew took a turn to the east and spared a lot of Central Florida. The same can’t be said for the Atlantic Coast where Matthew is still pummeling the shoreline with hurricane-strength winds and rain. It should finally makes its way out of the area by 4 pm today. Fingers crossed.

We expect the parks to re-open tomorrow for normal operating hours, if everything is deemed safe. Our tickets for Halloween Horror Nights 26 at Universal Studios were originally for last night before the show was cancelled. We were able to convince Universal staff to exchange our tickets for Saturday night’s show without having to pay the up charge fee for a weekend night. (Tip: Be nice, be firm and ask the guests services to accommodate you fairly. They often will).

We have a lot of fun activities still planned over the next two days, but for today, we’re stuck in the hotel as the county is under a mandatory curfew. We’ll keep this update short and sweet, but look for more posts recapping our trip starting Monday! In the meantime,

The Downlow for Friday, October 7, is here!

  • WDW Magic has the latest on closures/schedules for Walt Disney World.
  • Ever wonder how a theme park prepares for a hurricane? WDW News Today has posted a great video of the cast members in Magic Kingdom readying for the storm!
  • One of the neatest sights we’ve seen on our trip so far is the construction of the “volcano” at the center of Universal Orlando’s next theme parks, Volcano Bay water park. The new water park opens next summer, but the volcano is really taking shape and makes a  great addition to the Orlando skyline! In the meantime, the Orlando Business Journal has a story about the construction that’s worth a quick read.

That’s the Downlow for today. Thanks for stopping by and look for photo recaps and updates of our trip starting Monday!

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Ang Bertugli Spece, one half of the Dis Downlow team, is a travel consultant with Simply Enchanted Travel and would love to help you get started planning a dream vacation!

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