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Old 09-12-2017, 07:30 PM   #1
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Camping in central FL for the next few weeks

We have reservations near Orlando to camp for Oct and I am wondering if the place will still be a mess in two weeks. Power still off in many places, no place to buy food and gas. Roads are bumper to bumper if not blocked.

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Old 09-12-2017, 07:34 PM   #2
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My crystal ball says it will take months if not years for Florida to start approaching what passes for normal down there. You might might want to get in touch with the parks that you have reservations for updates.
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Old 09-12-2017, 10:01 PM   #3
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Call the park and talk to them. Central Florida isn't doing as bad as the coasts. Know a few people wjo already have power back in that general area.
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:01 AM   #4
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With so many people displaced down there, available campsites might be most needed for refugees and helpers.

Just my thought...

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We have reservations near Orlando to camp for Oct and I am wondering if the place will still be a mess in two weeks. Power still off in many places, no place to buy food and gas. Roads are bumper to bumper if not blocked.
If it's a mess now, then I can guarantee it will still be a mess in 2 weeks. If past hurricanes are any example, even with the influx of relief workers from all over the country, there still won't be enough manpower and womanpower to go around.

But even if the campground is untouched and pristine (unlikely), then from a standpoint of social consciousness, if you don't live there and you aren't part of the recovery effort, please cancel your reservation and wait for better times.

With so many people displaced and distressed, the last thing they need is tourists getting underfoot while they try to get back on their feet.
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Old 09-13-2017, 07:39 AM   #6
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No need to speculate about theoretical needs and situations.

Just call the campgrounds and see what they say. They will know if demand is high for recovery workers and/or displaced residents. Their feedback will be specific for each location.

Of course, yielding one's reservation for a higher need might be a thoughtful and compassionate way of contributing to the recovery efforts!

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There is a possibility that some power will be restored and some cleanup will happen by the time you go.
Otherwise, change your plans.
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We have reservations at Fort Wilderness in Disney World for the 23rd of this month. It is currently closed, but there is no specific reopening date that I can find. ��
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Disney will open before anything else. They have there own power generating plant, water plant, and maintenance and cleanup crews.
I was working during a hurricane in Florida in 2004 (can't recall the name). Everything was closed. No food. No water. No gas. Tolls were waved on the toll road.
Disney was open and it was if nothing had happened.
I had to leave my hotel due to no power or water, but was able to go to Disney World.
You may have no worries at all.
It's magical!
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Have to agree with Protagonist, as usual, if you are or were planning on vacations in Florida I would think it isn't great right now with the exception of Disney. A lot of people, including me, are just trying to get home.
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I live in central florida near inverness,fl about 1.5 hr above Orlando. Duke Power just informed us that the tampa counties wont have power before sunday evening. Also i just drove 50 miles to repair a friends house passed 10 gas stations. Only Two were open with lines over an hour long at each. We have had a sever shortage of gas since 5 days before the storm and not likely to get much very soon.
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Camping in central FL for the next few weeks

What days in October?
The further out the reservation is, the more likely things will be restored to order.
Oct 1 is just 17 days away, but a lot can happen in 17 days, especially with Disney magic.
The further away the reservation is the better things will be.
I'm sure you can cal (407) W DISNEY for updates.
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I hear Branson is nice this time of year ...

Why go to a disaster zone when you can go anywhere else ?

Reservations can be canceled or put off for next year .
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:10 PM   #14
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I will wait about a week and call the park and see what they say. My parents are down there but they are safe where they are and the power is back on. If someone needs the sight for cleanup or refuge, they will be more than welcome to have it. I will get the park's recommendation on how to proceed. Around Thanksgiving might be better. Even central FL is in bad shape. I don't want to hinder cleanup effort nor do I want to get stranded down there trying to get fuel to get back home. Four cars could fill up on what a tank in the Excursion consumes.

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