If prepared, planning a trip to Disneyworld can be stress-free and quite easy if you have the right information. There are a few options when flying. Disney World Airport, aka Orlando International Airport, is the obvious place to consider first but, don’t forget about the surrounding locations:
• Orlando Sanford SFB Airport
• Melbourne MLB Airport
• Daytona Beach DAB Airport
• Tampa TPA Airport
• St Petersburg - Clearwater PIE Airport
• Gainesville Regional GNV Airport
There are a few more, smaller local airports in the greater Orlando area, none as convenient as the Disneyworld Airport however, as it has the most available transportation to get you to and from the resort areas. Think about what you’ll be doing in Florida. Will you be mostly at Disney or are you planning on doing some site seeing? You can save on fares by picking other locations often.
There is parking at Orlando airport or you can find off-site Orlando International Airport Parking options. These include the Parking Spot, Hyatt Regency, Park and Fly and other lots. You can also find a number of Orlando Sanford Parking Options. Remember that these are 2 different airports!
Each of the surrounding airports offers both public taxi and private limousine services. The closer you are to the park the less expensive, and the more convenient it becomes. All of the surrounding areas of Walt Disney World offer efficient and economical options to shuttle any Mickey Mouse fan to his world famous playground. Many hotels outside the park offer free transportation, and quite often offer free breakfasts’, as they all are vying for the all mighty Disney dollar. The hospitality industry is so competitive in the Orlando are, you will be amazed at what some resorts offer, trying to entice vacationers to stay outside the Park.
As with any popular place, time of year is important; December through April tends to be the busiest time to visit the park. If you have the luxury to visit during the school year, you’ll save and see less crowds. October is always a good month, as the lines are minimal, making for a leisurely stay.
If you decide to rent a condo or stay at a hotel outside of the park, you have the option of renting a car as your mode of transportation. All of the above airports have rental car companies within steps of exiting your flight. Many of the condo sites as well as the hotels outside of the park offer shuttle services, either free or at a reasonable rate. Renting a car allows you the freedom to come and go as you choose. Renting also allows you the ability to venture beyond the shuttle route. If you rent a car and drive to the park you can expect to pay about $14.00 per day which makes it a viable option. Given the enormity of Disneyworld’s parking lot, consider using the onsite shuttle service throughout the parking lot. This will keep the frustration at a minimum and the children happy.
The monorail, a raised railway system, is very convenient whether you stay inside the park or not. It connects many onsite hotels for those staying in the park and offers transportation to those who want to have a meal beyond the park walls. You will find the sleek commuter train humming along the rail bringing eager families to their destinations. Also, water ferry boats are an option linking visitors from the Ticket and Transportation Center to the Magic Kingdom
Your vacation will begin the minute you exit any of the Walt Disney World airports as long as you have done your homework.