Americans are going back to space this weekend! But for those of you driving to Disney World this weekend, this historic liftoff could put some traffic in your way.
Orlando news station Fox35 reports that over 500,000 people — including 250,000 “daytrippers” are expected to be heading to the small town of Titusville to watch the SpaceX launch on Sunday, November 15. Titusville does not have a major airport, so that means that people will be driving in and most likely clogging the same interstates and highways Guests use to get to the Walt Disney World Resort. These roads include but are not limited to I-95, I-4, FL 91, and FL 528.
While I-95 is the most direct route from the north (i.e. Jacksonville) and south (i.e. Miami), it is very likely that GPS navigation will have scores of travelers diverting to FL 91 in the south and I-4 in the north, converging on Orlando before shuffling east on FL 528 or FL 50.
Coming from the west, your two options for both Kennedy Space Center and Walt Disney World are I-4 from Tampa or the FL 91 connection from I-75.
NASA’s Crew 1 mission aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule is currently scheduled to lift off at historic Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center at 7:27 pm EST Sunday. If you plan on traveling on any of these roads east of Orlando, be prepared to see more and more cars parked on the side of the highway the closer you get to Titusville and the closer we get to that launch countdown. Due to the time change, this will also be a nighttime launch. So be wary of severely distracted drivers with their eyes on the skies as well.
If you are driving toward or out of Walt Disney World Resort on Sunday, we advise you to (if possible) leave tomorrow instead, set off first thing in the morning, or wait until after the launch. If this plan makes you stay an extra day at Disney World, remember that Disney Springs does not require a park pass reservation and would be a fun way to wait out the launch before heading home.
If you find yourself stuck in this traffic, remember that Disney Park Pass reservations are valid for the entire day and Guests can check in to their Resort Hotels remotely through the My Disney Experience app.
We advise those driving between Disney World and Miami, as well as Disney World and Jacksonville, to avoid FL 528 for the entire day and choose I-4 East and FL 91 to I-95 East. For those flying out of Orlando International Airport, remember to give yourself ample time to sit through traffic and make your flight home on time.
We at Inside the Magic want all would-be Guests to head into or out of their Walt Disney World Resort vacation with the right expectations and a safe journey. For those still planning their next Disney World vacation, our friends at Academy Travel are standing by to help you make it as magical as possible.