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MCO Shuts Down, Allowing Only Emergency Flights

Latest Update: 9/29/22 11:12 pm EDT – Orlando International Airport Announces Reopening Friday

Published: 9/27/22 12:52 pm EDT

Hurricane Ian has been the main focus for many Florida residents and Walt Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando Resort Guests in the past few days as the tropical storm (which is, for now, still a Category 3 storm with 115 mph sustained winds) intensifies and growing closer to the Sunshine State. Apparently, the storm’s troubles have not passed the Orlando International Airport’s notice, either.

MCO will be stopping its flights tomorrow (Wednesday, September 28) at 10:30 am, allowing only emergency flights to take off. Journalist Scott Gustin shared the news in the Tweet shown below and meteorologist Eric Burris shared the news in the Tweet shown above.

MCO is a big arrival hub for many Disney Guests who are arriving for their Disney vacations in Orlando, with as many as 2 million people being expected for holiday weekends like this one.

Pre-storm procedures were already being put in place, so this news will not be surprising for many Florida residents who have been tracking Hurricane Ian — but the fact that Orlando International Airport is shutting down (aside from emergency flights) is a clear sign of the storm’s expected severity.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has already declared a state of emergency for many Florida counties, and Florida residents’ eyes are fixed on weather reports as Hurricane Ian gets closer. Walt Disney World Resort Guests’ eyes are also fixed on the news, since their Disney vacations will directly be affected if Walt Disney World Resort closes due to the weather.

Disney Fanatic is continuing to keep a sharp eye on Hurricane Ian, as well, and we will keep our readers updated with the latest news on the hurricane. According to the National Hurricane Center, it will most likely become a Category 4 hurricane — and Walt Disney World Resort is already beginning to announce some closures in preparation for the storm, even though it has not yet closed the entire Resort.

 

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Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!