Orlando International Airport Unveils New Capabilities of Its Tower

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The busiest airport in Florida just unveiled its new capabilities, and the news is sure to bring a smile (and maybe even a chuckle) to passengers flying into and out of Orlando International.

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More than two million passengers utilize Orlando International Airport every single month, making MCO the busiest airport in the Sunshine State and the 7th busiest airport in the world. It’s no wonder. After all, the majority of Walt Disney World Resort Guests who travel by plane to get to the Most Magical Place on Earth come through Orlando International Airport.

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Passengers who routinely fly into Orlando International Airport to visit Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando, Sea World, or any of a number of Central Florida destinations know the airport to be a reliable hub for travelers who want to use the airport as a gateway to family and vacation fun.

Recently, MCO announced the long-awaited opening of its beautiful new Terminal C.

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The new terminal offers travelers a massive new location where they can check in for their flights before sitting back and relaxing while waiting for their scheduled departure aboard planes from several different carriers. Terminal C is home to dining and shopping venues sure to please passengers of all ages.

And it just keeps getting better, as on Thursday, Orlando International Airport took to Twitter to unveil one of the airport’s newest capabilities. Not only do the Air Traffic Controllers in the tower at Orlando International Airport keep passengers and crews safe by controlling the flow of aircraft traffic in the skies, but the tower itself has some special abilities as well.

“The tower saw its shadow, so you get 6 more weeks of vacation in Orlando,” reads the tweet from MCO’s official Twitter account. Thursday, of course, was Groundhog Day, when everyone rushes to see whether the furry, ground-dwelling critter will see his shadow or not. The absence or presence of that shadow means the difference between an early spring and six more weeks of winter.

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But who needs a groundhog when you’ve got the air traffic control tower at Orlando International, capable of predicting–not the weather–but vacation time in Orlando? We’ll stick with the tower any day!

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!