We flew via Continental Airlines for the first time during our recent trip to Orlando. Travel time was brief and ok. The only is that their aircraft is not well maintained. Sloggy seats and not so clean lavatory.
The refreshment was not good either with their hard to chew sandwhich. Flight attendants were too old but nevertheless they rendered their utmosst service to the passengers.
We've flown this route a couple of times now. It's a quick flight from New York to Orlando. We have always been treated well and have gotten some nice upgrades. The airport is well laid out and it was very easy to find our transportation and our luggage.
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
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!
When Richie and I first started planning our trip to Disney, he had the bright idea that he was going to drive from New York to Disney with 4 children under the age of 10 in a minivan. I quickly squashed that idea and said, we're flying, I'll find some cheap tickets. Lucky for me I found some really cheap tickets flying out of a local small airport in Westchester County. This was the first flight for Richie's boys and frankly we were a little worried that they wouldn't want to fly back. Lucky for us they loved flying and on the return trip made sure that they all visited the airplane bathroom. Seems kids think the woosh of the airplane toilet is hysterical.
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.
The airport is a central hub with two terminals (A and B). A tram takes you out to the area where the planes are boarded. Included in the price of the lodging (for some of the Disney hotels) is round trip transportation between the airport and your hotel. They will even pick your bags up for you at the claim. This means you check your luggage in at your home airport and do not see it again until you get to your hotel room. On the way back from the cruise, the cruise ship took our bags through to the airport and we did not have to see them again until we got to Houston. This is a service worth paying for.
From Houston, the cheapest airfare was on AirTran. But my travel agent booked Disney transfers for me, and also I had a wheelchair at the airport. The wheelchair people work for the airport and not for the airlines. I also booked a Disney hotel the night before the cruise.
Included in the price of the lodging is round trip transportation between the airport and your hotel. They will even pick your bags up for you at the claim. This means you check your luggage in at your home airport and do not see it again until you get to your hotel room. On the way back from the cruise, the cruise ship took our bags through to the airport and we did not have to see them again until we got to Houston. This is a service worth paying for.
The airport is a central hub with two terminals (A and B). A tram takes you out to the area where the planes are boarded.
In 2000, our family group of 16 adults and 9 children mostly arrived in Orlando by car from the closer locations like Miami, Charleston and Key West. But some of us flew in from Baltimore, Detroit, and NJ. I flew to Miami and borrowed a car from my daughter and drove up to attend a meeting. It was cheaper to fly to Miami than it was to fly directly to Orlando.
My daughter, SIL and grandson flew from Baltimore. She got a real good price on the tickets and then discovered that they were leaving at 10 pm at night.
This meant that we had to go pick her and her family up at the airport. We did this to avoid the large taxi fares. There are two sections to the airport and we had to drive around a bit to find out where the plane would be coming in. The airport was pretty deserted at that hour.
[Her son who was about 2.5 said "plane going up, plane going up" as the plane took off, and then after it leveled off, said (quietly), "plane coming down? plane coming down?"]
We flew from Minneapolis Lindbergh Airport to Orlando on a non-stop flight. At the Lindbergh Airport we found sculptures of Snoopy in the terminal near our gate. Kevin Rosso says that this terminal is more for vacationers to Florida and the Caribbean Islands than it is for business travelers. It was not as busy as the other terminal at the airport.
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.
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.
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 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.
To get to Orlando, we flew over. We had a stopover in Boston before arriving in Orlando.
Tip for those who have never been in big-city airports - The airport in Orlando is huge, and you might have to take a shuttle to get from one part to the other. I know now that this is normal, but remember that when my family and I went to Disney World, I was 10 years old and from a small city in Atlantic Canada. I was quite amazed!
For many children, the airplane is the first thrill ride that they will take on their way to this entertainment capital of the US. Sometimes, the trip here can be their first plane ride ever. Orlando is well served from the rest of the United States as well as several foreign destinations. The airport lies to the south of the city proper.
There are several ways to get from the airport to the parks. Many people rent cars. The advantage is that you can go wherever you like. The disadvantage is having to pay the highway tolls and the expense of parking at the theme parks.
There are also shuttle services to the parks/and or nearby hotels, which could save you money in the long run. Of course, the disadvantage is that you are confined to whichever park you are brought to.
Walt Disney World now offers a service to those who are staying on a Disney property. Included in the price of the lodging is round trip transportation between the airport and your hotel. They will even pick your bags up for you at the claim. This means you check your luggage in at your home airport and do not see it again until you get to your hotel room.
Taxis will be expensive due to tolls and distances. Therefore, they should probably be avoided here.