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!
Nice story, Robert, thanks for sharing.
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!
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.
I do remember that trip -- It was soooooooo cold!!!! Funny, though, because 2 days later on Christmas Day it was nearly 70 degrees!!!