Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Feb 17, 2012
    Ashley from VA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi Lori! I noticed you've mentioned that you've flown in and out of Sanford Airport before. I know I wouldn't qualify for Disney's Magical Express and I won't be renting a car. What's the best/most cost-efficient way to get to WDW from there? Thanks!

    Hi Ashley!  Yes, I love flying into the Sanford International Airport.  I travel alone with my two young sons a lot and it is a much smaller and easier airport for us to navigate without my husband's help lugging our suitcases.
    The downside of this airport is that you can't take advantage of Disney's Magical Express.  I have taken a taxi, rented a car, and also used one of their shuttle services to get from Sanford to Walt Disney World.  The shuttle was by far the most inexpensive way to go.  Obviously, the fares are constantly changing, but they have a good list of shuttle services on the Sanford airport's website.  (www.orlandosanfordairport.com, click on the "ground transportation" box)  You can call or email the companies for current rates, but they are all pretty close to the same.  You will want to reserve your shuttle ahead of time.  I just looked at some of the rates, and the round trip rates for the limo services are still less than a one-way taxi that I took 3 years ago!  It was my first trip from there, so you can imagine my face as the meter tab kept going up, up, up!!
    The car rental option is the most expensive, but it wasn't a whole lot more than taking a taxi round-trip, and we enjoyed having a vehicle to get around Orlando when we had plans for the week that were not on Disney property. 
    If you decide on a shuttle, make sure it includes all tolls.  You will go through about $6.00 worth of tolls on the way to Disney property!
    I hope this helps you decide on transportation from the Sanford airport!  You can always call the airport directly for their advice, but this comes from my personal experience.  Have a great trip!
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Meet the Panelist: Lori, Indiana

I am currently a homeschool, soccer mom to two active teenage boys. My family loves everything about Disney! Walt Disney World, Disneyland, runDisney, Disney Cruise Line and Disney Vacation Club have been a part of countless magical memories for us through the years. I cannot wait to help you make your own magical memories at Walt Disney World! Learn More About Lori

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