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Tourism Numbers Improve: Third Quarter Beats Pre-Pandemic Levels

The COVID-19 pandemic drastically hurt our tourism in Central Florida. Everything had to shut down temporarily, and Theme Parks were shut down. It was said that it was not safe to travel, and International borders were closed.

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There was a stay at home order in Central Florida, and if you drove on the roads, they were empty. You were only supposed to be out if you were going to or from work, getting groceries, or other emergencies. You’ll rarely see I4 without traffic, so it was a strange sight to see.

 

Things slowly started reopening, and the Theme Parks opened but with limited capacity. There were mask mandates, reservations required, and other policies put into place.

Now that things are starting to get back to normal, tourism numbers are beginning to rise again. According to newly released reports from VisitFlorida, an estimated 32.5 million visitors made a trip to Florida from July to September. It is very close to pre-pandemic levels, but it does beat it by 0.3%.

 

Arriving to Central Florida by plane accounts for more than 30% of the visits. Orlando International was the busiest airport in the state, with an estimated 5.3 million travelers.

 

With many attractions reopening, it is safe to assume that more and more Guests will be visiting the Parks. With the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Walt Disney World and other new attractions opening, there will be lots of traffic coming through.

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Some of the International borders have reopened, and Guests can come from all over the world once again. There are still safety guidelines in place, so make sure to do your part to keep everyone around you safe. This may be the right time for you and your family to start planning your next Walt Disney World vacation.

 

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About Tricia Kennedy

Tricia lives in Orlando and loves having Walt Disney World pretty much in her backyard. She can be found at Disney several times a week. She will often stop by a park for an hour or two, but she also enjoys spending a whole day there with her friends. A lifelong Star Wars fan, Tricia especially enjoys Star Tours and has ridden over 200 times. Tricia's other favorite thing is Disney's BoardWalk, where she can often be found taking a walk or watching the nightly street performers. If Tricia is not at the parks she's out playing drums or with her dog Yoda.