There is always ‘sunshine after a storm’ and this is never more true for Florida. Hurricane Irma dealt us a massive blow and was felt from the Keys right through the Panhandle, but the clean up is underway and normal operations are being restored.
Central Florida has the clear up after Irma well under way and all Disney parks have re-opened, with the exception of Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach which are scheduled to re-open later this week. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween, their special after hours event, is operating and will run until November 1st. Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is under way and all firework shows continue nightly. Universal/Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay have re-opened and Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights is scheduled to kick off this Friday as planned. Busche Gardens, LEGOLAND and Gatorland are all up and running. SeaWorld and Aquatica have re-opened, however Discovery Cove remains closed but will hopefully re-open next week. Kennedy Space Center is closed but should re-open Monday 18th. The Orlando Eye is currently closed but Madame Tussauds and the Sea Life Centre are both open. The vast majority of restaurants, dinner shows and indoor attractions in Central Florida have re-opened, although there are some isolated closures because of power outages. All grocery stores are back open and restocked, petrol stations have gas and things are pretty much back to normal. The beaches survived and have been cleaned up and are as beautiful as ever. Florida is used to dealing with major storms and bounces back extremely quickly. We were fortunate that most of our villas received little damage, although there are a few that require repairs and these are being undertaken already.