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Friday, August 13, 2004
Disneyworld vs. Hurricane Charley
While watching updates on CNN on the office tele the first question that springs to mind: how are they going to batten down the hatches in Disneyworld?
The storm just hit the coast between Tampa and Fort Meyers and will head north towards the Georgia coast overnight. "Orlando, the metro area, Disney, all those amusement parks will get hammered pretty good," said Stacy Stewart, a forecaster with the National Hurricane Center in an interview with the Orlando Central. This is the biggest threat Disneyworld has faced in decades. Gasp!
So how is the theme park going to strike back? Each of its various offshoots, the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, etc. all closed early this afternoon at 1 PM EST. According to the Disney Blog, the furry residents of Animal Kingdom were later rushed into hurricane-proof buildings. All loose items, like trash bins and construction materials, have been secured following the park's phase 3 hurricane procedures.
But Charley was just updated to a category 4. Does a "phase 3" cover that? Dum! Dum! Dum!
Hopefully, some brave AP cameraman will be on site to capture footage of the spires on Cinderella's castle being blown heavenwards and holes being poked in that weird silver circle thing at EPCOT. Have a look. There's no way these structures can hold up against 145 MPH winds.
Roland Emmerich, eat your heart out.