BREVARD COUNTY — While the Space Coast has (fortunately) fared well thus far in terms of a direct hit, Hurricane Season in the Atlantic isn’t over just yet.
This year’s season has seen such storms as Hurricane Humberto, Hurricane Lorenzo, Tropical Storm Imelda and most recently, Hurricane Dorian, which wreaked havoc for more than 24 hours in areas of the Bahamas.
While the season ends Nov. 30, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), advised residents that it’s still too early to let their guards down.
“By far, the most important message that needs to be reiterated to the public at this time is that coastal residents need to remain prepared in case a storm strikes,” NOAA said in a press release.
Residents of Brevard County know a thing or two about preparedness. With the uncertainty that comes along with such massive storms as Dorian, most understand the importance of taking things seriously in order to protect their homes, as well as their families.
But with a growing demographic of Space Coast residents who have young families, we have seen that it’s also OK to add a little fun to the mix.
“We live beachside, just a few blocks from the ocean, so whenever it’s time to evacuate, we always go to Disney,” said Amanda Anderson, a Melbourne Beach resident and mother of two young boys. “It’s inland, it’s all-inclusive and it’s a great distraction for the boys!” she said. “Why stay cooped up somewhere worrying about the storm when we can make a little mini vacation out of it?”
With little threat of damage to the Bay Lake area, Mrs. Anderson and her husband, Jeremy, booked a hotel near Disney property, met up with friends and spent the two days that Dorian made its slow-move through the Atlantic enjoying the attractions at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.
“It was magical, as always!” Mrs. Anderson said. “Our house was boarded up, supplies were purchased and our family was safe – there was nothing else we could do but relax and have a little fun.”
Nancy Thompson of Indian Harbour Beach is another mom who didn’t think twice about heading to Disney when Dorian was near.
The family stayed at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort for four nights.
“We absolutely love the Swan and Dolphin!” Mrs. Thompson said. “It’s so close to Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Boardwalk! The pool is awesome, there are restaurants galore and you get all the benefits of a Disney hotel while still enjoying the luxury of a Marriott property.”
With 18 world-class restaurants and lounges, five pools, two health clubs, a white-sand beach and more, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is a no-brainer for families who want to experience everything in one place.
“We’r e your home away from home,” said Jim Curtis, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, on behalf of the resort.
Another perk for families staying at the Swan and Dolphin is Camp Dolphin, the resort’s year-round summer camp for children ages 4 to 12. After a day of theme parks, the camp offers fully supervised programs, including arts, crafts, movies, board games, video and arcade games, nightly themed activities and more, Mr. Kaiman said.
“You can’t beat the opportunity to entertain your kids while knowing you are safe from the storm,” said Davy Woodward, another Space Coast mom who said Disney is the place to be during a hurricane.
“Every time one hits or threatens to hit, we get a bunch of families together and head to Orlando,”said Mrs. Woodward, of Indialantic. “We’ve been very lucky this year to have avoided any damage to our home. We are always prepared for the worst but try to make the best out of the stress!”