Ed's The Weather Blog has been doing yoeman's duty in tracking the progress of Hurricane Charley and its aftermath. He also points to a couple other Hurricane Bloggers where he graciously includes this humble blog.
Here's one of the unique stories to come from all the coverage of Hurricane Charley. Even Dolphins and Manatees have to be evacuated from the storms path. In this case some were sent to Epcot and Seaworld. (via)
The Walt Disney company added nearly 4% to its stock value today as the markets were happy to see almost no downtime for the themeparks. I've heard about the Home Depot Hurricane Bounce, but never a Disney one.
Re: Animal Kingdom -- Employees said one reason the lushly landscaped park didn't open Saturday was because there were so many downed tree limbs. One said that, before the cleanup, it looked as if the sidewalks had been covered with mulch. The Orlando Sentinel reports in with the latest from the tourism industry around Orlando.
Typhoon Lagoon remains the only part of Disney World closed through yesterday (it is scheduled to open today). Although there has been no official explanation that I could find, there is speculation that one of the reasons might be the theming. Typhoon Lagoon is themed to look like an island that has just been hit
As families return home from their Disney World vacations many will be posting pictures of their stay on a variety of photo hosting sites. Here's a family that stayed at Wilderness Lodge. Lots of landscape damage, and a great example of how fast Disney works to get things cleaned up. Photos of Celebration and from
Here's another well written blog by someone in Celebration, FL (do you have to pass a written test to live there?). Erica posts about her experience as Charley passed over head. Some pictures in their photo gallery too.
or the bean counters? In the last fifteen years or so, there's been a big shift in how the parks handle retailing. I don't know if this was because they put the former head of the Disney Store in charge of the parks, or they put him in charge because they wanted to increase retailing,