Having to extend your vacation sounds like a dream, right? Sadly, that’s not the reality for this single mom who is now facing a nightmare situation being stuck far from home with her daughter after her dream Walt Disney World visit was cut short due to the current worldwide pandemic.
Sarah Edwards, 42, a pharmacy technician from Tredegar UK shared: “It was supposed to be the holiday of a lifetime and it was my daughter’s first visit. We arrived safely and the accommodation was absolutely beautiful, clean and tidy and out of this world to be honest. We had a 14-day ticket and were absolutely enjoying ourselves.”
But once the Covid-19 Outbreak news began to take effect, and theme parks started announcing closures, their dream vacation took an abrupt turn for the worse.
Once the Walt Disney World Resort announced they were planning on temporarily closing to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus, Edwards and her 12-year-old daughter decided they would make the most of their visit until the closing dates.
Things got more challenging when Disney announced they would follow the theme park closures with all resort hotels shutting down as well.
Edwards and her daughter were able to secure a reservation at a nearby hotel in Central Florida, however, she soon found out her flight home with Virgin Atlantic had been canceled and now she would be left stranded in Florida.
“It’s stressing me out so much and my daughter has been crying because we don’t know when or if we can get home. This coronavirus is scaring the hell out of me and we’re afraid the UK will go on lockdown. My parents are over 70 and knowing I’m not going to be able to see them for weeks is heartbreaking.” – Edwards shared.
Edwards also noted how quickly the resort had turned into a ghost town. Surely, guests were simply trying to make their way home once the announcements of the closures were made. But it appears that she might not be alone in her current predicament.
“There’s not many people in the hotel because most people have gone home. Most of the people we have been speaking to are British and they’re carrying on as normal and trying to make the most of it but I can’t because I’m stressed. It’s a dream holiday which has turned into a nightmare.”
A spokesman for Virgin Atlantic said: “A number of travel restrictions have been implemented in the destinations we fly to. This has triggered a significant decline in customer bookings and, as a consequence, we have been forced to reduce the frequency of our flight schedule by 65%. This came into effect from March 17, 2020. We apologize for any impact this has on you and your travel plans. Please check the status of your flight online.”
Our thoughts are with all the families that had to cancel or cut their magical vacations short. We are all hoping this situation is contained as quickly as possible so we can go back to normal. And to the Edwards family, we hope if you are able to make it home soon!