As Disney Guests are enjoying Florida’s mild temperatures and sunny skies this week, a different story continues to blizzard over Disney Fanatics to the north.
According to WESH2, another winter storm is covering the Midwest with ice, rain, sleet, and snow, resulting in yet another round of flight cancellations which includes over 100 in and out of Orlando International Airport (MCO) alone.
The Orlando-area NBC affiliate station wrote late Wednesday night (February 2, 2022):
Thursday appears to be even worse, with FlightAware data showing U.S. airlines have canceled at least 3,563 flights within, into, or out of the United States for that day. Nearly 90% of scheduled flights from Dallas Love Field, a Southwest hub, have already been canceled. The airline has already cut 26% of its schedule for Thursday. Dallas Fort Worth, another American Airlines hub, has 375 cancellations.
As of 9:45 am ET on Thursday, February 3, Disney Fanatic can confirm over 100 flight cancellations in and out of MCO.
According to the flight tracking site FlightAware, 56 flights set to depart and 63 flights set to arrive today, February 3, have been canceled.
“A corridor of heavy ice accumulation (exceeding a quarter of an inch) is likely from Texas through the Ohio Valley,” the Weather Prediction Center said early Wednesday. “Locations impacted by snow and/or ice are expected to have temperatures remain below freezing, and well below average for at least a couple of days after the wintry precip(itation) ends.”
MCO offers the easiest access to all of Central Florida’s theme parks and resorts, such as The Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort. While we at Disney Fanatic cannot provide confirmations at this time, there is little doubt in our minds that there are some Disney World Vacations–beginning or ending–tied up in this weather.
This is the third round of recent flight cancellations out of the Disney World area airport, with flights being canceled earlier this year due to another storm.
The Sunshine State can make it easy to forget that winter is raging across the rest of the country, and a flight delay or cancellation can throw a Disney Villain-sized wrench into your vacation plans. So we will work to keep our readers notified on transportation news as more information comes to light. If your vacation is at risk, please be sure to check with MCO or your airline for the most up-to-date information.
For all those flying this week and weekend, we wish you smooth skies and a safe journey.