When people think of Disney World, they often think of the “happiest place on Earth.” However, for some international travelers, the Orlando destination is currently anything but happy after the travel company they used to book their trips went bankrupt over night.
According to the Inside the Magic blog, now that the Thomas Cook travel company has gone bankrupt, there are thousands of travelers stranded in places like Disney World with no flights home. Meaning that while they may have had a magical experience at Disney World, getting home is anything but magic.
It seems that the Thomas Cook travel company was looking for emergency funds to keep operations going as late as Sept 22, but was unable to secure the money needed. This left them with no choice but declare bankruptcy overnight.
However, the problem is that this has left at least 150,000 people without a way to get home from their trips abroad, including a number of travelers stuck in Orlando following their Disney vacations.
While the travel company plans trips to destinations around the world, Walt Disney World will certainly be hit hard by this bankruptcy. It is said that Thomas Cook typically transports around 270,000 people per year to Orlando, which will definitely be a massive loss for the park.
For anyone who is scheduled to fly into Orlando for a Disney vacation, the airport is encouraging travelers to make sure they have all of their flights sorted before traveling. Plus, for travelers heading back home from Disney, they are being asked to check with the Civil Aviation Authority for details on returning home and how they can get alternative flights arranged.
With the collapse of Thomas Cook, many people find themselves looking for not only a way home, but also answers as to what happens next. Considering there were any number of future vacations booked and paid for, many customers are wondering if they will still be able to travel or if refunds will be coming their way.
Written by Kimberley Spinney
Inside the Magic – Disney World vacationers stranded in Orlando due to bankrupt travel company
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