Hurricane Matthew causing headaches for CT travelers

Hurricane Matthew has already brought destruction to parts of the world (WFSB)

If you are headed to Disney World, or know someone who is, Hurricane Matthew may put a damper on those plans.

Strong winds and heavy rain are expected Thursday evening into Friday, and have the parks on high alert, and the Disney cruise line is already affected.

A travel agent who specializes in only Disney vacations said her phone is ringing off the hook with customers concerned about their vacations.

Abby and Patrick Pschirer got married last Saturday and have been enjoying a Disney honeymoon for the past few days.

Eyewitness News spoke with them in August, when seven weeks before their wedding day the Marco Polo Restaurant in East Hartford abruptly closed, leaving them scrambling to find another wedding venue, which they did.

Now that that crisis is over, another one is testing them.

Hurricane Matthew is putting a damper on their honeymoon.

"Everything went smoothly. It rained on our wedding day, so that's our luck, but now we have a hurricane on the honeymoon. So that's extra good luck,” said Abby Pschirer.

Hurricane Matthew is expected to hit Florida Thursday evening into Friday and could potentially force the closure of Disney World.

It might also circle back and hit Florida again on Sunday, putting the Pschirers’ flight in jeopardy.

“I spoke to the front desk this morning. They told us to fill up your rental car, take some cash out, make sure you have we took care of all that. I guess in the worst case scenario we just drive back to Connecticut,” Pschirer said.

If Disney World were to close, it would only be the fourth time in its history.

It closed Sept. 15 1999 due to Hurricane Floyd, and three days in September of 2004 because of hurricanes Frances and Jeanne.

“Obviously safety is Disney’s number one concern and they're constantly evaluating assessing what is best for the safety of their guests, so as of right now the parks are still open, but it is hour by hour and they are meeting constantly,” said Kristin Guillemette, of Tink’s Magical Vacations.

Guillemette is a Connecticut-based travel agent who specializes exclusively in Disney travel.

She said the biggest thing affected right now are the Disney cruise ships because of the closure of Port Canaveral in Florida.

"The Disney Dream did have an alternate itinerary. They typically go to Nassau Bahamas and Disney’s private island Castaway Key. Right now they went to Cozumel Mexico and they are out in the Mexican coast out there sitting out there waiting until the port reopens,” Guillemette said.

Disney did evacuate its Fort Wilderness campground on Wednesday, and removed all campers and tents and place them in hotel rooms.

Guillemette said for people yet to travel out to Disney, most airlines out of Bradley are offering guests the ability to change their flights or get full refunds, and Disney World is willing to make changes for guests and offer refunds if the need arises.

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