Anthony Murphy
Writer

Published: December 7, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Excellent!

I have been down at Disney World when its been freezing, but no snow! Two years ago, I went down there to see Illinois play in the Outback Bowl (however, they got in the Rose Bowl, NU fans, stop laughing), but we went anyway. Good time, but we went to EPCOT/MK on Jan 2 and it was a cool 35 degrees the entire day. EPCOT was a good choice because I think its the most "indoor" park.

We also took a bit of a laugh at native Floridians thinking it was the end of the world. Then again, if a Hurricane came to Chicago, I would start freaking out!

Speaking of snow, Chicago got its first blanket of snow today!

Gareth H

Published: December 7, 2009 at 11:36 AM

I'd gladly settle for a bit of snow right now, feels freezing, but its only in the mid 60's, lol.
129.171.150.71

Published: December 7, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Great story today. Thanks for bringing back fond memories of that weekend.
James Rao
Writer

Published: December 7, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Just got back from a couple days at Silver Dollar City's Christmas Festival. Temperatures averaged about 30 degrees during the day and fell to the low 20's at night. And when the wind blew, it was bitterly cold. Still, that's why God made hot chocolate. =)

Nice story, Robert, thanks for sharing.

204.128.192.4

Published: December 7, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Hi Robert,

Thanks for the great story. I was working at Magic Kindgom back in 1989 when that winter storm blew through. I remember standing at front dock unload of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, with the wind blowing so hard that it was practically forming whtiecaps on the Fantasyland lagoon. I was wearing every possible piece of clothing that Wardrobe could issue - I think they ultimately ran out of P-coats that day - but I was still chilled to the bone. I'd duck into the lead office between subs to try and keep warm. Some of the subs couldn't be put into service until the afternoon because the hatches had frozen shut overnight. In my 20-something years living in Florida, and I can't recall any days there as cold as those!

Todd

Robert Niles
Editor

Published: December 7, 2009 at 7:12 PM

Oh, the Magic Kingdom pea coats were the BEST! I did go with the long undershirt beneath my thin polyester TSI shirt, but with the pea coat, my body remained toasty all morning.

My hands, however... not so much. The fabric gloves they issued were warm enough, but impossible to wear while driving a TSI raft. You just couldn't keep a grip on the fiberglass tiller with those things. So I "steered with my rear" as much as possible, jamming my frozen hands into the pea coat pockets.

24.90.249.214

Published: December 7, 2009 at 8:04 PM

What year was that and why did the park not close that day. also how many times has this realy happend it disney history
Erin B

Published: December 7, 2009 at 8:34 PM

My family and I caught some of that rare, cold Florida weather on our last trip to Disney at about this time of the month, 6 years ago. We came from Ohio and were expecting to abandon our figid winter weather, but so much for that. On our second day there we had to buy piles of sweatshirts, hats, and gloves because we hadn't packed anything for 30-40 degree weather.
s b

Published: December 12, 2009 at 5:31 AM

Yes!!! I was at EPCOT that same day -- My husband and I (from the Northeast) did not pack any winter clothes and I was forced to scavenge the gift shops for gloves -- the only choice available was a pair of those HUGE white felt "cartoon character" gloves (I called them Goofy gloves, for obvious reasons). I remember seeing actual flakes of snow as we waited for the gates to open. We were practically newlyweds at the time and did not mind snuggling to stay warm! :)

I do remember that trip -- It was soooooooo cold!!!! Funny, though, because 2 days later on Christmas Day it was nearly 70 degrees!!!