Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the closest airport to Walt Disney World. Tip: Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) is 45 minutes north of Walt Disney World, so if you want to arrive at Orlando International, choose the airport with the code MCO. Most major carriers provide daily service to Orlando International Airport while Orlando Sanford is served by charter flights and a few regional carriers. One note: Security lines at OIA can be very long, especially on peak travel days. Allow at least 90 minutes to get through security for your departure flight.
Amtrak serves Orlando
and the Northeast twice daily, however, the trip from New York
takes around 21 hours and prices range upward from $120 per person one way. The Auto Train, which originates in Lorton, VA serves Sanford, about 45 minutes north of Orlando (www.amtrak.com).
Greyhound offers transportation to Orlando and Kissimmee (closest station to Walt Disney World). For routes and pricing call 800-231-2222 or see www.greyhound.com.
Driving to Walt Disney World from Orlando International Airport is quick and easy. The shortest route is to follow the signs for the airport’s North Exit to State Road 528 going west toward Tampa. Follow SR 528 to Interstate 4 west (again, toward Tampa) and take I-4 to the Walt Disney World exit. The drive takes about 30 minutes, a bit more in traffic. Make sure you have change for SR 528 as it’s a toll road. You can also get to the south side of Walt Disney World (Celebration) and Kissimmee by taking the airport’s south exit, then the SR 417 (also a toll road) to I-4. It’s a longer drive but can be less crowded at rush hours if you’re not heading for the main Disney World entrance. Parking is widely available at each Walt Disney World theme park. Daily parking rates are $14/car and $15/camper. Once you pay for the day, you can park at any of the theme parks. Guests staying at a Disney Resort receive free parking at Disney theme parks during their stay.
You don't really need a car if you plan to stay on the resort property all week. If you're staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, Disney provides free roundtrip airport transportation and luggage delivery to your hotel. Reserve your Magical Express Transportation when you book your resort stay (or call (407) 939-6244). Once you land, just skip the baggage claim and go directly to Disney's Magical Express Welcome Center in the main terminal building (B side, Level 1). Hop on the bus and enjoy your ride to the resort. And your luggage? Disney will pick it up from baggage claim and deliver it directly to your resort room. (Allow three hours for delivery.) The Magical Express luggage service is available for flights arriving between 5AM and 10PM daily.
If you arrive outside of Magical Express hours or are not staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, Mears Airport Shuttle service is available from Orlando International to Walt Disney World Resort. You can purchase tickets at (407) 423-5566.
You don't need a car to get around Walt Disney World, as the park has a complimentary transportation system using buses, monorail and even boats. You won't break any speed records getting between parks, but it's easy and efficient to get around. Just look for the big signs and bus stops in front of every park and resort, and get in line to board the bus bound for your destination. Boats are also used extensively throughout the parks, including from numerous resorts to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Downtown Disney. The Walt Disney World monorail has three different lines that stop at Magic Kingdom and several resorts. For more information, pick up a Walt Disney World Resort Transportation brochure, or just follow the signs and everyone else. It's fairly easy to find where you're going.