I am hoping someone can give me some perspective on this issue! Thank you in advance for reading - this got a bit long!
My family is going to be coming down to visit Universal Orlando in mid-August. We'll have three days at Universal and a very short Disney stay to use our GAD voucher tickets. That end of our plans is all set and ready to go. (Thanks Wendy at MJ!)
Originally, we had planned to spend four days in the Clearwater Beach area at the end of our trip. Given the oil spill disaster in the Gulf Coast, I am having major doubts about whether we should continue with our plans or consider Plan B, C or D! To date, I have found no reports of oil or tar balls washing up in the Clearwater area. That said, I really and truly thought that the oil leak would be capped by now too! I realize my concerns are somewhat frivolous considering the environmental and economic impact this is having on the area but...well...I have scrimped and saved for this vacation and I'm just not thrilled at the prospect of swimming in an oil slick.
Plan B would be paying the change fees on SW and coming home early. Really not my favorite idea.
Plan C would be going to the east side of Florida to either Daytona or Cocoa Beach or perhaps St. Augustine. I feel better about this one but I was really looking forward to seeing the Gulf Coast beaches.
Plan D (no pun intended!
)would be extending our Disney trip to take advantage of the Free Dining offer. This feels like really nice timing since it starts on the day we're using our GAD tickets but it absolutely would not save us any money, no matter how I crunch the numbers. DH isn't thrilled with this idea but is willing to consider it.
Am I being silly to worry about the oil spill this far in advance or should we start making other arrangements?