Let’s keep this as easy as possible, because there are a few options to get you from the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the various resorts within the Orlando area. Our goal is to provide you with the options and then you’re able to decide based on a number of factors, including cost, ease of booking and convenience.
Staying at a Disney Resort?
Disney’s Magical Express
Cost: Free if you’re staying at a Walt Disney World Resort (Disney’s Magical Express Link)
Ease of Booking: You can add your airport reservation directly onto your Disney reservation. They’ll provide you with all the steps, including receiving the luggage tags in the mail and where to go / what to do when you’re at the airport through their website in great detail.
Convenience: I’m a huge fan of Disney’s Magical Express. The fact that they have multiple bus routes so that you don’t have to visit every single hotel on the route is a bonus. It’s also a great way to get into the mindset of being at Walt Disney World with their customized video loop which provides you with a ton of information that you can use for your vacation.
Not staying at a Disney Resort?
Cost: Paid per person, with Adult and Child pricing
Ease of Booking: This is by far their downfall, as we’ve never had a good experience with their booking process. Ever. Lots of phone calls, very outdated website and little or no support when you actually need it.
Convenience: Mears positions themselves as an alternative, however the cons far outweigh the pros. They don’t separate customers into common-sense routes and the drivers aren’t as efficient, unless they are asking for tips, which they are great at. Budget 60-90 minutes to get from the airport to your resort, where the driving time is only 20-30 minutes.
Uber (Uber from MCO Link)
Cost: Per car
You’ll have to do the math on this one, but depending on how many people you’re travelling with, it may be cheaper than paying individually for a shuttle.
Ease of Booking: Everything is done on the Uber app, which is incredibly simple and straightforward. They also have a customer service line in case you need assistance.
Convenience: Uber is as convenient as it gets, as it’s a single car driving you and your party to your hotel. Not having to worry about dropping other guests off at their hotels first, this is probably the easiest way to get to Walt Disney World.
Cost: $55-65 one way (plus gratuity) and an extra $10 for hotels in the Magic Kingdom Area.
Ease of Booking: You get your luggage and meet the sea of taxi drivers waiting to drive you to your resort.
Convenience: Yes, it’s convenient, however the taxi industry within the Orlando area is very similar to any other big city. The cars aren’t clean, the drivers are very pushy and sometimes downright rude and there are a lot of scams that are reported from taxi drivers who are preying on tourists to milk extra money out of them because they don’t know better.
Honestly, I’ve always suggested, and will continue to, use anything besides a taxi
Another great option as you can add a rental car to your initial reservation and then pick it up and drop it off at MCO. Hertz, National, Alamo, Dollar, Budget and L&M are all available at the airport.
If you check out the various coupon sites, you may come across a great deal to get you to and fro.
There are a few options for you to consider, but when you look at it…maybe that extra cost of staying on property may be worth it when you add up the cost that you save with Disney’s Magical Express!