The state of Florida has been experiencing weather that isn’t typical for this time of year. Typically the state record a much higher amount of rainfall than it has experienced lately. This has led to serious drought conditions throughout the state. As waterways shrink, this has impacted the boating service industry.
“The lack of rainfall has resulted in 88 percent of the state experiencing abnormally dry conditions,” FOX Weather recently reported, “with more than half the Florida Peninsula in a severe drought.”
Orlando has not been immune to the wacky weather, only seeing about 1.89″ of rainfall since January 1. These conditions have made some services unavailable, not to mention tough on my lawn.
One notable issue that has impacted Walt Disney World due to drought conditions is the grounding of the Sassagoula Steamboat Company. This complimentary transportation system, located at Port Orleans Resort, is available to Guests free of charge. The Sassagoula Steamboat Company transports Guests from their respective resorts to Disney Springs! This two-and-a-half-mile boat ride is a nice way to relax as you head off to do some shopping or have dinner. The boat was available to Guests of both Port Orleans Riverside and the French Quarter sections of the Resort. Due to low water levels, the boats have currently ceased operation for the time being.
Currently, there is signage posted outside of the docks that read, “Boat transportation is not operating at this time.”
There are buses that are available, however, for Guests who planned on utilizing the Sassagoula Steamboat to get to Disney Springs. Unlike the waterways, Disney won’t leave you high and dry. However, if you’re looking for nice dining options, Disney Springs isn’t absolutely necessary, as Boatwright’s Dining Hall (Port Orleans Riverside) and Sassagoula’s Floatworks and Food Factory (Port Orleans French Quarter) are both within a walkable distance. Be certain to try the beignets!