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Orlando, Tampa and St. Petersburg Remain Unaffected by Recent Hurricane Jeanne

Orlando theme parks Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld prepare for fall events after hurricanes

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Despite images in the media of storm damage throughout Florida, many areas of the state remain unaffected by recent hurricanes. In fact, Orlando, Tampa and St. Petersburg/Clearwater were spared the full effects of all four recent hurricanes and, as a result, sustained no substantial or lasting damage.

According to the convention and visitors bureaus representing Orlando, Tampa and St. Petersburg/Clearwater, all attractions, beaches and event facilities in these three tourist destinations are open as they were prior to the storms and are welcoming visitors. In addition, all airports, cruise terminals and roadways are open and operating as normal.

According to recent informal visitor surveys regarding the status of these areas, most visitors report that they would not have known that a hurricane had passed near these central Florida vacation areas had they not seen the news reports on television. "All the tourist destinations that I've seen have been perfectly fine like there was no hurricane," said AAA counselor Sandra Hughes. Tourist Chris Vanniekerk remarked, "Everything was open, fine, normal like always, great. I don't think it has affected anything over here, not at all."

With no damage to tourism infrastructure, visitation to these areas of Florida continues and events and festivals scheduled for the fall and winter are going on as planned.


Throughout the recent storms, Orlando's "Open for Business" sign for visitors never blew down. As a matter of fact, all of the theme parks, attractions, hotels, restaurants, retail outlets and cultural venues that have made Orlando a top destination for vacationers from around the world are open and entertaining visitors -- and the sun is still shining!

Orlando is a perennial favorite when the holiday season rolls around and this year will be no exception when the destination offers a full slate of holiday activities.

A frightfully good time is planned throughout Orlando as ghosts and goblins haunt the area in October. There will be tricks and treats for visitors of all ages at the theme parks, including Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando October 1-2, 8-10, 13-17, 21-24 and 28-31; SeaWorld Orlando's Halloween Spooktacular which runs the weekends of October 16-17, 23-24 and 30-31; and Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

Thanksgiving weekend is always a special time in Orlando as families and friends visit to spend quality time together enjoying the fun, excitement, great weather and the Thanksgiving feasts offered at restaurants and dinners shows throughout the destination.

A trip to Orlando at Christmas is increasingly becoming the gift of choice for many who want to spend the special holiday time away from the worries of the world. The destination shines with holiday spirit and special events at the theme parks, attractions, hotels and restaurants.

Orlando. A little bad weather can't rain on our parade of vacation enjoyment for our visitors. Check out to plan your vacation today.

St. Petersburg

Dali and Disney: Mickey Mouse meets Salvador Dali in St. Petersburg this winter. The Salvador Dali Museum features the never-before released short film Destino that Dali created with Walt Disney nearly 60 years ago. It is part of the Dali and Mass Culture exhibit celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the artist's birth. Making its American debut will be the paintings and drawings Dali created for Destino -- his collaboration with Disney and Disney animators. The film will be shown throughout the exhibit, which runs Oct. 1 - Jan. 12, 2005. The St. Petersburg museum showcases the most comprehensive collection of Dali works in the world. 727-823-3767

Source: Press Release

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