Disney Issues Statement in Hurricane’s Aftermath

Hurricane Ian damage
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When the sun rose this morning in Orlando, it was a very different world than when it had set the night before. Hurricane Ian battered the area relentlessly over Wednesday and Thursday. Millions were without power, at least 12 people Western and Central Florida had died and many more faced uncertainties about their homes. 

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Walt Disney World closed its parks on both Wednesday and Thursday as the storm raged overhead. This morning the storm was gone, it was on its way to the Carolinas for round 3 (having already wrecked havoc in Florida and Cuba). The central Florida area awoke to calm skies once again. Calm skies do not mean all is well though. There is much work to do as historical flood levels recede and people begin to assess the damage and rebuild. 

Disney has released a statement today expressing their concern for the victims. The statement which was posted to The Walt Disney Company Twitter page read, “Our hearts go out to those impacted by Hurricanes Ian and Fiona. We are grateful for all first responders who are doing heroic work, and to our employees who helped keep our guests safe. In addition to providing impacted employees with assistance through our relief fund, we are providing support to the American Red Cross, Feeding America, Heart of Florida United Way, and others working on local relief efforts.”

Recently we reported on how you can help victims of the deadly storm. We are pleased to see Disney has joined in that effort as well. The American Red Cross is accepting not only financial donations to benefit victims, but also good donations to help those who have been injured as well.

Hurricane Ian damage

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Our thoughts are also with the victims tonight and we hope for the safety and rapid recovery of all who were in the hurricane’s path. 

About Jill Bivins

Jill Bivins has been visiting Disney Parks since she was 2 years old and loves sharing her Disney adventures with the world. She likes to say Disney is in her blood and writing is in her bones — so any time she has the opportunity to combine these loves she is one happy camper! She has a deep abiding love for Epcot and as a die hard Star Wars fan has a serious love for Hollywood Studios as well. When she isn't exploring or writing about Disney Parks, Jill is homeschooling her 8 year old son, playing with her brand new baby son, or pretending to be a farmer on her family homestead (despite being unable to keep even a cactus alive). Find Jill on Instagram @minnieonmain.