Florida burn ban impacting Disney resorts

Dry conditions in Florida are having an impact on vacationers visiting Walt Disney World and Disney's Vero Beach Resort.  

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The Florida counties of Orange, Osceola and Indian River currently have a ban on certain burn-related activities due to drought and dry conditions.  Disney resort guests are prohibited from using charcoal grills at resorts including Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort and Disney's Old Key West Resort.  

Several resorts have installed natural gas grills in recent years.  While these grills should be excluded from the uncontrolled burn restriction, some guests have reported that they were instructed not to use the gas grills by Disney Cast Members.  

Resort campfire activities--which are typically hosted at gas-powered fire pits--have also been suspended indefinitely. 

Guests with upcoming stays at Florida resorts who had planned to make use of the grilling facilities are advised to contact Disney Vacation Club Member Services to gain clarity on the current policy and discuss available options.  

At this time the burn restriction does not appear to have impacted Walt Disney World theme park fireworks displays.

Reader Comments
Re: Florida burn ban impacting Disney resorts -- denlo
2017 May 30 02:33:35 PM
I can see restricting charcoal grills and maybe even the gas grills and gas camp fires. But why aren't the fireworks banned? That is definitely because of fears that Florida tourism will be affected not because of the need to prevent fires.
Re: Florida burn ban impacting Disney resorts -- rocy317
2017 Jun 12 01:11:02 PM
denlo wrote:
I can see restricting charcoal grills and maybe even the gas grills and gas camp fires. But why aren't the fireworks banned? That is definitely because of fears that Florida tourism will be affected not because of the need to prevent fires.

Maybe the reasoning is that fireworks shows are done by professionals, and presumably the shows are designed with precautions ? Whereas John Q. Public grilling burgers may not always use the best common sense ? Especially when they may be away from home, distracted by family, and many likely have a few beverages before and during the grill operations ?
Re: Florida burn ban impacting Disney resorts -- JaxFLBear
2017 Jun 12 01:25:20 PM
All burn bans in the Orlando metropolitan area have been lifted. Orange County does have a permanent year round ban on open burning of yard debris.

http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service/Wildland-Fire/Current-Fire-Conditions

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