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Orlando Airports Close Ahead of Hurricane Ian — Open For Emergencies Only

Early this morning, Hurricane Ian made landfall in Cuba with sustained winds of more than 125 miles per hour after being upgraded from Tropical Storm Ian. It is still on track to hit Florida in the next day or so as a Category 2 or Category 3 storm. By the time it hits Orlando, it is expected to be a category 1 storm, which is still a big deal for the people that live in Central Florida — as they typically will experience the outskirts of a hurricane and not its full force.

Hurricane Ian

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This morning, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that the Orlando International Airport will be closing at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 28, and will not be reopening until Friday, September 30, at 10:30 a.m. The airport will remain open for emergencies only. WESH2 Orlando’s First Warning Meteorologist Eric Burris tweeted the FAA’s closure list.

If you are heading down to Walt Disney World Resort during those days and were hoping to transfer to a flight landing at the Orlando Sanford airport, then I am afraid we also have some bad news for you on that front. That Orlando airport will be completely closed from September 28 until September 30. It will not even be open for emergency flights.

Orlando airport

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The Orlando-area airports are not the only places closing in preparation for Hurricane Ian. Yesterday, Walt Disney World announced a number of closures at its Resort, including the Bungalows at Polynesian Village Resort, the Treehouse Villas at Wilderness Lodge, and both the Fantasia and Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Courses.

Winder Summerland

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At this time, the closures will only last through September 30, but that could change, depending on the path that Hurricane Ian takes and whether it increases in strength as it makes its way up the Gulf Coast.

This is an ever-situation, and Disney Dining will keep readers updated as more information is released on Hurricane Ian’s path and strength, as well as when it once again becomes Tropical Storm Ian. We will also update you if Walt Disney World Resort makes any further closures.

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!