Vero, Treehouses Close as Irma Heads for Central Florida

Operations at two Disney Vacation Club resorts will be directly impacted by Hurricane Irma with other Walt Disney World events and services likely to join the list.  

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Hurricane Irma projected track, 9/8/17, 5:00am (courtesy CBS12.com)

The State of Florida has begun massive plans to cope with a storm track which may take Hurricane Irma right up the center of the state.  Among the closures and cancellations which have already been announced are the following:

  • Disney's Vero Beach Resort will close at 2pm on Friday, September 8.
  • The Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa are being evacuated with guests offered alternate accommodations on property.
  • Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will close on Saturday, September 9.  All vacationers must remove their vehicles from campsites by 2pm.  Additionally, resort events including Mickey's Backyard BBQ and the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review have been cancelled through Monday, September 11.
  • Night of Joy events scheduled for Saturday, September 9 have been cancelled.
  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party scheduled for Sunday, September 10 has been cancelled.
  • The Orlando International Airport will close at 5pm on Saturday, September 9.
  • Orlando Sanford International Airport will close at 5:30pm on Saturday, September 9.

At this time, Walt Disney World has not announced any adjustments to theme park operations.  However, current and incoming guests would be advised to keep tabs on the situation.  

South Carolina leaders are expected to make a decision on any mandatory evacuations by Friday afternoon.  The current storm track leaves Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort on the fringes of the impact area.  

Hurricane Irma has weakened to a Category 4 storm with winds in the range of 131-155 miles per hour.  If current weather models hold true, the storm may head right for the Orlando area but will do so as a weakened Category 2 hurricane with winds up to 110 mph.  Disney Vacation Club's hurricane policy remains in force with no-penalty cancellations offered to all incoming guests.  Cash reservations may also be cancelled with no penalty.  

Third-party storage provider Owner's Locker is asking all guests to keep them appraised of changes to vacation plans so they can manage guest needs appropriately.  

Source:  Orlando Sentinel, Post and Courier

Reader Comments
Re: Vero, Treehouses Close as Irma Heads for Central Florida -- denlo
2017 Sep 08 12:16:27 PM
Is anyone at WDW this weekend or early next week? Or did you have plans at Vero Beach or Hilton Head?

Be safe and stay in doors during the storm.
Re: Vero, Treehouses Close as Irma Heads for Central Florida -- CarolMN
2017 Sep 09 08:36:31 AM
denlo wrote:
Is anyone at WDW this weekend or early the two fo you next week? Or did you have plans at Vero Beach or Hilton Head?

Be safe and stay in doors during the storm.

How are you doing? Have you been able to return home yet? Don't answer if you'd rather not. Just want you to know that your online friends are glad the two of you are OK.
Re: Vero, Treehouses Close as Irma Heads for Central Florida -- denlo
2017 Sep 09 09:09:34 AM
Thanks for asking Carol. We are fine we actually returned home 4 days after evacuating. Since the mandatory evacuation was called late we ended up spending 2 days in a shelter because we could not get out of Houston due to flooding from the rain. Then when a road opened to Austin we drove to Austin, Texas where we have relatives. On day 4 from our departure from home we returned home. We found out that our small neighborhood of 64 homes did not flood nor lose power. It turns out our neighborhood is high ground from the rest of the community so our water drained into those southwest of us.

Our large community of Sienna Plantation of 7700 homes came together and helped the only 50 homes with flooding all due to rain and then moved to the community next door that had hundreds of homes with flood damage. This generosity of giving to others has been prevalent throughout the Houston area. Someone calls for volunteers and a line of 400 show up. It has been wonderful to see it.
Re: Vero, Treehouses Close as Irma Heads for Central Florida -- CarolMN
2017 Sep 09 05:07:25 PM
Wonderful to hear. Hope the recovery goes as well as possible. I know it will take a long time to rebuild everything that was damaged & flooded.

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