The Orlando International Airport on Saturday night reversed its decision from the previous day to shut down all flights early Monday morning.
Airport officials reacted to the latest Hurricane Dorian forecasts that predict the storm would move north in the Atlantic, avoiding a direct hit on Central Florida.
Hurricane #Dorian Statement - 8/31/19 Evening— Orlando International Airport (@MCO) September 1, 2019
Orlando International Airport will continue with operations on Monday, September 2.
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Fans reported lower crowd levels at the Orlando theme parks Saturday, as storm forecasts kept tourists from the region and kept locals preparing for what had been thought to have the potential to be the biggest storm to hit the area in years.
The airport's decision to remain open should begin to reverse the disruption over the busy holiday travel weekend, though may fans already have changed or canceled plans. Despite the changing forecasts, Central Florida's cruise industry continues to be affected by the storm, which is closing some Bahamian ports of call.
Original post: August 30, 2019, 4:36 PM Okay, it's happening. With Hurricane Dorian strengthening and aiming for the Florida coast, the Orlando International Airport announced today that it will stop all flights starting early Monday morning.
Hurricane #Dorian Statement - 8/30/19 Afternoon— Orlando International Airport (@MCO) August 30, 2019
Orlando International Airport plans to cease commercial flight operations on Monday, September 2, 2019 at 2 a.m.
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With current forecasts predicting landfall for Dorian south of Vero Beach on Tuesday afternoon, it is now likely that flights will be disrupted at the Orlando airport for at least a couple of days, if not longer. The National Hurricane Center forecast has Dorian moving through the Orlando area at hurricane strength from late Tuesday to early Wednesday.
Walt Disney World has activated its weather update page at disneyworld.disney.go.com/weather-updates. As of now, Disney is planning to close Blizzard Beach on Sunday as well as cancel weekend events at Wide World of Sports. Otherwise, the theme parks' schedules remain unchanged.
This weekend is the Labor Day holiday weekend in the United States, which typically sees an increase in travel. So airports closing in Florida will create a ripple effect disrupting travel plans and logistics across the country. We will keep you updated here on Theme Park Insider with area theme park closures as they happen.
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