UPDATE: 9/4 8:30 AM — Orlando International Airport will reopen on 9/4 at noon.
After days of preparation and anxiously watching and waiting, it appear that the bulk of problems from Hurricane Dorian will be passing Central Florida by. Part of the delay putting out this update was in the hopes of getting a time for reopening for Orlando International Airport before this went to press. As of 8:00 p.m., we still do not have an idea of when Orlando International Airport will reopen. The best advice they’ve given is to check with your carrier–who then says to check with the airport–who says check with the carrier. Hopefully we’ll have some more information soon.
The bulk of the storm is set to roll through this area on Wednesday, but the forecast is more for tropical storm force gusts–not sustained winds–and “normal Florida-style” rainfall. There are also possibilities for tornadoes. Essentially, think of this as a really long 4 p.m. rainstorm.
As a result, Disney has decided to resume an almost-normal operating schedule for tomorrow. Blizzard Beach will be closed, and there will be no morning Extra Magic Hours, but otherwise it should be business as usual at Walt Disney World
If you are traveling to/from Walt Disney World by car, you’ll still want to keep an eye on Hurricane Dorian as it makes its way up the east coast, especially for the possibility of road closures along I-95 in South Carolina, which tends to flood. Keep up to date on the South Carolina Department of Transportation website.
The Disney Dream is scheduled to return on Thursday, September 5, and the Fantasy will return on Saturday, September 7.
On the resort side of things, no word yet on when Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds will reopen. You can stay up to date on the latest information on Walt Disney World’s Weather page here.
And, for the sake of completeness, here’s the 8:00 p.m. advisory from National Hurricane Center.
Barring any major changes overnight, this will be the last update on Hurricane Dorian. The tropics are still active, so we’ll continue to stay aware of any new storms that might impact your vacation plans. Each week, we have a Weather at Walt Disney World column — from major hurricanes to typical Florida weather, we’ve got you covered.