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  • On Jan 1, 2023
    Jennifer from CT Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What is the current best transportation option for a family to get from MCO to Disney?

    Hello Jennifer!

    Welcome back to planDisney! Your trip is fast approaching and I am so excited to help you plan one of my favorite moments on any Walt Disney World vacation- the arrival into the magic! 

    While we no longer have Disney's Magical Express I have found that there are now quite a few options (in no particular order) to get you to Walt Disney World from Orlando International Airport. 

    1. Car Rental- There are about 10 rental companies alone on Orlando International Airport property that could meet your needs and price range. You have control over the timing for pick up and drop off as well as the type of vehicle. I must inform you that many Disney Resorts do charge guests a standard overnight parking fee. The positive is that standard Theme Park parking is free for registered Guests at Disney Resort Hotels. I sometimes love having a rental car for convenience alone.

    2. Uber/Lyft rideshare service- This is what I used on our last trip and I loved it. I enjoyed just calling for a vehicle when I needed it and it is something I have used before in other places. However, if you have a little one you may have to bring your own car seat. In addition, prices do fluctuate based on demand and timing. Many people do not know that you can pre-book a car with Uber and Lyft a week to 30 days before you need it. Please confirm this though with each company as this can change. 

    3. Private Shuttle Bus Transportation- Two popular companies that I have had friends use with success are Mears Connect and The Sunshine Flyer. These are most similar to Disney's Magical Express in style and convenience and prices are very clear on their sites. You may have to wait a bit, however, as you are sharing the Shuttle with the many others who also booked the same vehicle.

    4. Private Car Service- There are many car service companies that you could pre-book for convenience with a variety of vehicle choices. Orlando International Airport has a list of the possible vehicles for hire you may want to select from.  I have not used this option but I have heard of companies like Tiffany Towncar and Happy Limo working out well. I may consider them in the future as it is a dream of mine to have a limo take me to my Resort hotel!

    In the end, I highly recommend pre-arranging this transport as early as you can as demand is high. Once you make your selection you can sit back and relax knowing that this very important step is now handled! 

    If you have any questions please feel free to let me know and I hope you have a wonderful vacation! 

    -Nimmy 


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Meet the Panelist: Nimmy, New York

Hey, it's Nimmy from New York! Just like my guy Jiminy Cricket I am your wisecracking and helpful guide to making the best decisions for your Disney vacation! My husband and I work very hard to journey to our favorite place on Earth, Walt Disney World Resort, as much as we can. We have traveled as just adults, with babies, kids, teenagers, and senior citizens. We have seen so many characters, eaten at amazing places, and consumed a ton of Dole Whips. So "give a little whistle" and let me be your guide! Learn More About Nimmy

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