A single mother is stuck in America with her 12-year-old daughter after a trip to Disney World turned into a disaster.
Sarah Edwards, 42, and her daughter Carys Megraw, of Tredegar, embarked on a lifetime trip to the Orlando theme park, which costs £ 5,000. But after the coronavirus pandemic became more widespread in the United States, the Walt Disney Company announced that all of their theme parks would close as well as the Disney Cruise Line.
This left Sarah and Carys’ dream journey in tatters, but things got worse long after he was told that their accommodation would be closed and their flights with Virgin Atlantic were canceled.
The pharmacy technician said: “It was supposed to be the vacation of a lifetime and it was my daughter’s first visit. We arrived safely and the accommodation was absolutely beautiful, clean, tidy and out of this world, to say the true. We had a 14 day ticket and we had a great time. “
They were told for the first time that the Disney parks would be closed on Sunday, but until then they decided to make the most of the parks.
“We were then told that all Disney Resorts hotels would be closed,” said Sarah. She managed to get a new reservation at Rosen Shingle Creek at Universal, but her flight with Virgin Atlantic on Sunday was canceled, which means they currently have no way home and nowhere to stay.
He said, “It is stressing me so much and my daughter cried because we don’t know when or if we can go home. This coronavirus is scaring me to death and we fear that the UK will freeze. My parents are over 70 years old and knowing that I won’t be able to see them for weeks is excruciating. “
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While Disney is normally full of tourists and fans, Sarah said the resort has turned into a “ghost town”.
He added: “There are not many people in the hotel because many people have gone home. Most of the people we talked to are British and continue as usual and try to make the most of it, but I can’t because I’m stressed. It’s a dream vacation that turned into a nightmare “.
A Disney Parks spokesman said: “In line with state and federal guidance, with great caution and in the best interest of our guests and cast members, we are proceeding with the closure of all of its owned and operated locations in Downtown Disney at Anaheim and Disney Springs in Orlando, starting March 17th.
“In addition, Disney owned and operated hotels at Disney’s Walt Disney World Resort and Vero Beach Resort will close at 5:00 pm on Friday March 20. We will continue to monitor the situation and maintain regular contact with appropriate officials and health experts.”
A spokesman for Virgin Atlantic said: “Some travel restrictions have been implemented in the destinations we fly to. This resulted in a significant drop in customer bookings and as a result, we were forced to cut the frequency of our flight schedule by 65%. This came into effect on March 17, 2020. We apologize for the impact this has on you and your travel plans. Check the status of your flight online. “