Disney worker with local ties prepares for Hurricane Matthew


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- It rarely happens, but thanks to Hurricane Matthew, Walt Disney World has shut it doors in preparation for the big storm. Many people are scrambling to get out of Florida but a group workers at Disney are taking cover.

Carolynn Stouder, a Fort Wayne native, is currently in Orlando working to get her dream job through Disney’s college program. Now, she finds herself caught in the middle of what could be one of Florida’s most powerful hurricanes.

“We’re all sort of locked in and cozied up,” said Stouder.

Stouder along with hundreds of other works are waiting for the storm to pass.

“The mood sort of shifted when we heard it was definitely coming and I believe it was categorized as a level four to be expected,” she said.

Disney announced it would close early Thursday and remain closed through Friday. It’s only the fourth time the theme park has done this since it’s been open.

“A lot of us cast members really respect the company for doing that because it totally saved anyone from really being in harms way,” said Stouder. “We thought it was pretty cool to be honest.”

Stouder said she and many others are trying to make the best of a bad situation.

“It’s actually quite interesting,” she said. “Most people just plan hurricane parties.”

Stouder said she has never experienced anything like this in her lifetime and the reality that it could happen is hard to believe.

“I don’t know it’s almost like people don’t think it’s going to come,” she said.