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We booked a flight only from Gatwick (London ) to Orlando via Miami with Continental airlines. Once we arrived at Orlando international airport it was easy to book our accomodation there and then. Plenty of cabs were waiting outside to take us to our hotel
Fly, fly away!
Being from California, flying only makes sense as the way to get to Orlando. It's a great idea to take a look at the united.com efares that are published at midnight every Tuesday morning and see where they're offering special rates. For this trip, we paid $289.50 each for the 2445 mile (each way) trip. Yippee and wahoo!
Orlando International Airport
The airport consists of a central terminal with check-in, baggage claim, car rentals, parking access, plus other ground-based services and four satellite terminals that have departure/arrival gates and are reached by elevated train. All terminals contain food outles and retail shops.
A Hyatt Regency Hotel sits atop the central terminal.
Orlando International Airport
Most major airlines scedule regular into Florida, and some, such as Delta, serve the Florida airports extensively. Other major airlines that serve the Florida airports, include Continental, American, Midway, Northwest, Southwest.
Some hotels provide airport transfers.Taxis are often worth the added expense for speed and convenience, and fares to downtown areas are usually reasonable.
Probably the best way to get...
Probably the best way to get around Orlando is to use a helicoptor. Just drive carefully, have other passengers spotting exit signs ESPECIALLY IF YOU DRIVING TAKES YOU THROUGH JACKSONVILLE'S INTERSTATE LOOP...THESE WERE THE WORST SIGNS I'VE EVER SEEN ON THE INTERSTATES.
By plane: Mears Airport...
By plane: Mears Airport Shuttle: Mears Airport Shuttle is available from Orlando International Airport to your Walt Disney World
By car: From Interstate 95, U.S. Highway 1 or southbound on the Turnpike you must take the Route
I-4 West to Walt Disney World exits
From Miami/Ft. Lauderdale take the Florida Turnpike (Toll) North to Osceola Parkway (Toll) West (Exit 249) to Walt Disney World
JetBlue & SpiritAir have the...
JetBlue & SpiritAir have the cheapest flights around! as low as $100 R/T from JFK or LGA and $300 R/T from Europe.
You need a car to get around. The buses are actually cute and have innovations like bicycle holders in the front, but if you want to see anything worthwhile then you must have a car.
If you live in 'South Jersey',...
If you live in 'South Jersey', the best way to get to Orlando is to fly Spirit from the Atlantic City airport. Parking is only $3.00 a day and Spirit has direct flights that take about two hours.
Rent a car from Avis. They have an airport location. Or you can take a shuttle to Alamo. We've also used Hertz and they are fine too.
One saving feature of this...
One saving feature of this horrid journey was the ease of getting here. Return flight to Orlando International from Newark International with hotel and airport transfers was $289.00 for 4 days, 3 nights. If you must visit, look for one of those hotel/air/transfers deals-it will save you a lot of money so you can afford the $7 peanut butter sandwich in Disneyworld (not kidding).
Usually by plane, I flew...
Usually by plane, I flew direct by Virgin Atlantic and they were great. The flight back was rough and what really put me off were the people praying as we had to be strapped in our seats for 3 hours due to a strong tail wind. I am a nervous flyer at the best of times but this was awful.
Fly into the Orlando...
Fly into the Orlando International Airport - this is a beautiful airport which is very easy to understand and get around in.
Orlando is really spread out - taxis are rather expensive, I would suggest renting a car. If you are at one of the Disney Resorts they do offer transportation to the parks which makes it really convenient.
Orlando's quickly growing...
Orlando's quickly growing International Airport is wonderful. I love it a lot. There is a big hotel right dab in the middle of it, and there are lots of good shops and food joints inside. It's really wide open inside, and isn't normally very crowded. The airport is right on the major crossroads of the Orlando area, and you can quickly get to any hotel, amusement park, or city from right outside the gates.
Orlando has probably some of the worst public transport options in the world! Lately, the city has turned down the projects of light rail systems, a metro line, trams, you name it, they don't want it. There are buses in the major vicinity and are all linked to the LYNX bus system. There are also taxis, but if you don't have a car, better take the bus.
By plane. If you (like me)...
If you (like me) are coming from Asia, the SHORTEST route to take to reach Orlando in Florida is to fly via Europe and New York. I chose to break my journey in Amsterdam, Holland. You'd save at least 5 hours of flying time. All in all, including transit time, it took us 30 hours to reach Orlando! By the time we arrived, it was 8PM.
** If you choose to travel via the Pacific route i.e. from Asia to Los Angeles and then to Orlando... the flight time would have been much longer (incl. of transit time). Yes, unbelievable.
Anyhow, none of us felt tired.... maybe because of the excitement of being in this city! We dumped our luggages and within 10 minutes, we were out of our hotel and checking the whole area out. :-)
Oh by the way, I am VERY impressed with the Orlando International Airport. When I first arrived, I thought I'd landed in some Amazon Rainforest or something. It's soooo cool and soooo jungle-like. I love it!
Photo below: MCO (that's the Orlando Airport code) Airport.
If you stay in one of the many Walt Disney theme park hotels, you have absolutely no worries. There are FREE shuttle services that runs every 5 minutes to ALL the major theme parks here in Orlando. It's ALWAYS crowded in summer.... so, be prepared to jostle!!
From the UK there used to be...
From the UK there used to be only one way to fly and that was with Virgin Atlantic..however we feel that Virgin have mucked people who chose to fly from Manchester once too often, using substitute Charter Airlines and inferior older aircraft (B747-200's)..so we have decided to fly with British Airways again but on their London to Tampa route ( on a New Boeing 777), the flight was excellent and the 777 much better than the Boeing 747-200 they used to use as the last time we flew with BA was in 1997 and it was one of the worst Flight experiences we ever had, the staff wern't very accomadating, the food was dreadful, in flight movie shown on a torn screen, seats designed for a sardine packers outing, and thrown in for good measure they destroyed our case and belongings on the return journey, it took nearly 4 months to sort out and then we wern't properly compensated... but because Virgin Atlantic treat their Manchester passengers as inferior travellers we have decided to try the New look British Airways complete with cheap flights on the Manchester shuttle in their Club European seats to and from Gatwick....now we aim to try Delta Airlines with a flight from Machester to Atlanta.....I will report on that here in March 2003
Do not believe all the hype that you need to have a hire car if you are staying on the Internatinal drive area then you most definitely DONT..the 'I' Ride bus travels from Sea World to Beltz Factory Outlet ( the Whole Length of Internatinal Drive) they are every few minutes from around 0700 - 2300 7 days a week or 24/7 as they say in the USA) buy a 7 day pass which allows unlimited travel on I ride its very good and very cheap way of getting around, all the Major attractions such as Disney and Universal studions are served by other transportation companies which usally call at your hotel or very close by....see your holiday rep or guest services for more details about costs...Virgin do special deals for their clients on transportation ..
Orlando International Airport
If you're not getting there by RV or the family station wagon/mini-van you'll be unfortunate enough to experience the hell that I call the Orlando International Airport (aka MCO). First of all, how the heck do they get the cod MCO from Orlando International Airport? I'm sure there's a good explination for this somewhere but I can't be bothered to find it right now.
Did you know that they haven't sold gum at MCO for 10 years now? The lady at the news stand expected that I knew of that history as she told me and promptly walked away. There's just something about this airport that oozes lack of orginization and bad service. If you do have to travel through MCO I suggest you get in and get out quickly. There's not much to do here to kill time while waiting for a flight and when you do find something to do you'll most likely experience the bad service. Good luck.
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