Orlando’s Hotel Hero During Hurricanes

As I write this post, Hurricane Dorian is decimating the Bahamas and may or may not cause some major damage to the eastern half of Florida.

Because it’s inland, Central Florida doesn’t get nearly the amount of damage that can be seen on the Atlantic or Gulf coasts of the state (hurricanes need to be over warm water to gain/keep their strength, so as they go over land, they lose some of their steam). Granted, we still get our share of major issues when big storms come through. Roofs blow off houses, trees come down, mobile homes are destroyed, we lose electricity for days or weeks, etc. We, thankfully, just don’t get the same level of devastation that the coasts get, is all.

ABOVE: Hurricane Charley, 2004. 110mph winds knocked down our neighbor’s tree, which landed on our tree and roof

Of course, Orlando International Airport also shuts down for big weather issues such as hurricanes, since it’s obviously not safe for planes to fly in that sort of weather (although this Allegiant plane full of passengers did during Hurricane Florence in 2018???)

So between people from the coast evacuating inland, others being stranded because their flights are canceled, and having over 120,000 hotels rooms in the area because we have a lot of theme parks, we tend to get an influx of visitors when a hurricane is aimed at Florida.

Some hoteliers would take advantage of this and raise prices, gouging people when they’re in the most need. But there’s one hotel owner in Central Florida who does the opposite…

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The Difference of Experiencing Tragedy in a Tourist Town As A Visitor & As A Resident

Joe and I have lived in Central FL/Orlando region, an area that has had its share of natural and man-made disasters, for the past 15 years, and we were frequent visitors for years and years before that. We’ve also have also had the opportunity to visit many places around the world, several of which have experienced their own tragedies – Key West FL, which has been ravaged by dozens of hurricanes over the years, Anaheim and Napa and Sonoma Valleys, the areas in California that experienced massive fires last year, Kyoto Japan, an city that suffered a huge earthquake in the 90s, Las Vegas NV, where a mass shooting took place last fall and, of course, the continuing eruption of Kilauea, in Hawaii. You know what I’ve discovered? Your perception of tragedy in a tourist town as a visitor and as a resident are very, very different. And once you’ve experienced a catastrophic event as a resident, your perception of other tourist towns that have experienced similar issues are different yet again, even when you’re just there as a tourist.

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Our Weekly Recap: 10/22/17 – 10/28/17

And all of a sudden, BOOM – it was the weekend! Here’s a list of what we posted this week.

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