If You’re Traveling to Disney World for Thanksgiving, the Orlando Airport Is Gonna Look a LOT Different!

’Tis the season for pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, and arriving four hours early at the airport so you can go wait in lines as long as those for Flight of Passage. 

Flight of Passage Line

Right? Well, not exactly. Pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce aren’t going anywhere, but airport travel for the 2020 holiday season is looking mighty different, and that definitely includes travel to Orlando and Disney World.

With Thanksgiving mere days away, everyone’s thoughts are on holiday gatherings and holiday travel. In the case of 2020, amidst a global pandemic and with public health ordinances sweeping the U.S., this means that travel could be quite minimal. 

Will you be traveling by air this holiday season?

According to Click Orlando, the Centers for Disease Control has issued guidelines asking folks across the country to stay home for Thanksgiving. Ya know, rather than swarm the airports like a Black Friday flash sale.

Orlando International Airport Magic of Disney Store

What this means for Orlando International Airport, the hub for Disney World (aka one of the most popular holiday travel destinations on the planet), is massively reduced crowds this coming week. 

MCO Airport

They’re projecting the airport will see about 90,000 travelers coming through the Sunday after Thanksgiving, which is half the travelers from that same weekend last year! That’s quite a Tower of Terror-esque drop! 

An empty Hollywood Boulevard on Labor Day Weekend

Over at Disney World, Bob Chapek recently announced during the Walt Disney Company Q4 report that Thanksgiving week was booked at nearly 100% capacity for the Disney parks.

Mexico Pavilion Crowds

In the same report, it was revealed that capacity at Disney World was recently increased, from 25% to 35% at all four Disney World parks.

Holiday Crowds Magic Kingdom — November 6th

If you are traveling to Orlando to visit the theme parks, at least you won’t need to get to the airport four hours early! We will continue to update you on the latest travel news.

Click here for everything you need to know about the modified park hopping returning to Disney World!

Are you traveling to Disney World for Thanksgiving? Let us know in the comments!

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