so i think my facebook friends are probably tired of hearing me talk about disney and dorian.
we were supposed to leave yesterday, 8/31 and stay until 9/8 for our disney trip. when dorian first formed, all the initial projections of “it’s a nothing storm that will fizzle” clearly, uh, didn’t pan out. i was a total nutcase last week wavering back and forth on what to do, afraid any decision i made would turn out to be the wrong one. my mom, who is coming with us, kept telling me it would be fine and we should just go. this is when it was still projected as a cat 1/ cat 2 storm, though cat 3 talk was starting and comparisons to andrew were becoming more frequent. it took me a several days to be ok with that, and as of thursday afternoon, we were still set to go as planned.
well, the category 4 talk started up really fast and then we started getting calls and texts from family telling us they were worried about us going. stores were already empty by this point and we didn’t want to risk getting stuck in our room multiple days. so late thursday night we decided to not go and friday morning and all day our TA was pushing everything back to the following week for us, new arrival 9/7 until 9/15.
i just hope we made the right decision. dorian still can’t seem to decide what it’s going to do and this morning (sunday) it’s now a cat 5 and orlando landed back in the cone. obviously, safety is our first priority. but if we moved it back and it ends up missing, i’m going to drive myself absolutely crazy, especially if next week ends up being a whole lot busier due to other people also pushing back a week. i read comments on various sites about how other people had done this for past storms and the following week was like summer vacation crowds.
i had to get creative with our dining and fps, but was able to get almost everything back. still trying for o’hana breakfast. we were able to reschedule hotel, get free dining back, and reschedule the halloween party. RIP slinky dog, 7dmt, and FoP fps, but i knew those were a goner. also RIP fountain of nations, we were looking forward to seeing it one final time but now it’s scheduled to close before we arrive. i also hope they find a new home for joy/sadness/baymax by the time we get there, as my kid was looking forward to meeting them.
i don’t know if anyone’s read this far, just needed to get all of this out. i just hope it doesn’t go from one of the least busy to one of the most busy weeks thanks to dorian.