• On Feb 20, 2018
    Cheri from IN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Our local airport now has non-stop flight to Sanford Airport. I know Magical Express doesn't go there. It is worth it to get the cheaper airline tickets and has to get transportation to resorts or go through Orlando Internal Airport and pay extra?

    Hi Cheri,

    Thanks for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel. It's exciting that you're planing your trip to Walt Disney World Resort.

    The tricky thing about "Is it worth it?" questions is that everyone will have a different definition of what they consider "worth it" and what they consider "not worth it." I'm happy to share my own personal experience on the question.

    On one of our recent trips to Walt Disney World Resort, my wife and son and I traveled on different itineraries. I traveled to Walt Disney World Resort from Orlando International Airport using Disney's Magical Express.
    My wife and son took a flight from an alternative regional airport (not our local airport) to Orlando Sanford International Airport to save on airfare, and then took an Uber to Walt Disney World Resort. On the return trip, they had a very early morning flight and took a taxi from the Resort back to Sanford.

    All in all — and again, this is just our personal experience talking — we felt the reduced airfare was not worth it given the transportation cost with Sanford International Airport. If we were to fly into Sanford again to save on airfare, we would consider renting a car. Thing is, for our vacationing style, we simply never rent a car while at Walt Disney World Resort. I know many guests prefer to rent a car and drive themselves around. Everyone's vacationing preferences are personal.

    So I think your answer depends on your personal preferences. You'll want to consider your preference on renting a car, and you'll want to determine if the cost of renting a car combined with reduced airfare gives you the value and savings you're seeking.

    No matter how you arrive at Walt Disney World, the magic will be waiting for you.

    Enjoy your Disney!

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The playful and creative optimism of all things Disney has enthralled me since I was a kid. I loved watching "The Wonderful World of Disney" on Sunday nights, seeing all the live-action and animated classics in theaters, and — of course — visiting "The Most Magical Place on Earth" for the first time 45 years ago. These days, the big kid in me still loves to play Disney. As a long-time Disney destinations vacationer, I'm looking forward to helping you play Disney starting here at planDisney! Learn More About Jerry

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