There are two main airports used by UK visitors flying into Orlando:
Orlando International Airport (MCO)
Orlando International Airport is the larger of the two and is located much closer to the main attractions than Sanford, so transfer times are much shorter.
Driving from Orlando International Airport to Walt Disney World will take around 20 minutes, whereas the same journey from Sanford Airport will take around an hour.
The following airlines fly direct from the UK to Orlando International Airport:
Thomal Cook Airlines
Orlando International Airport welcomes around 40 million passengers per year from more than 50 airlines, making it one of the fifteen busiest airports in the world. It has more than 80 shops and over 50 restaurants.
The airport has a hub-and-spoke layout with a very large main terminal building and four ‘air-side’ concourses which are accessible via shuttle trains from the main terminal building.
The main terminal building is split into two terminals; A on the north side and B on the south side. There are passenger check-in and baggage claim facilities both terminals – in fact the two terminals appear very similar so it is important to follow the direction signs carefully.
Arriving at Orlando International Airport from the UK
After exiting the aircraft, passengers from the UK will first be directed to the Immigration checkpoint to present passports and/or visas as necessary.
NOTE – This airport has now introduced Automated Passport Control Kiosks which can be used to avoid queueing at the Immigration checkpoint – the video below explains how to use these self-service kiosks.
After clearing immigration, passengers move straight to the baggage carousel to collect checked-in luggage, and them move to the Customs checkpoint.
One you have cleared Immigration and Customs you are faced with a choice – either to keep your luggage with you whilst you transfer to the main terminal building, or place the luggage onto the baggage belt so it can be transported for you.
Where practical, keeping your luggage with you will save time once you reach the main terminal building.
You will then take the shuttle train to the main terminal building (either with or without your luggage, whichever you chose to do).
The shuttle to the main terminal only takes just over a minute, and it provides great views of the airport as you travel.
If you opted to keep your luggage with you, you are free to pass through the airport – at this stage your holiday company may have provided instructions as to where you should report, and/or you may need visit the Rental Car pick-up locations.
If you placed your luggage on the baggage belt, you will have been directed to either Baggage Claim A or Baggage Claim B, which are on opposite sides of the terminal building. Once inside the terminal building follow the signs to the relevant baggage claim area (you will need to go down to Level 2 – there are plenty of stairs, lifts and escalators available).
Once you have collected your luggage, you are free to pass through the airport as above.
Whilst we aim to keep these details up-to-date, you should always follow the guidance provided by your holiday/flight company and by the airport.