Orlando’s International Airports Explained
Orlando now encompasses 3 different international airports. Which one you fly into depends on the airline you choose to fly with.
Orlando International is the closest, Orlando Sanford is used by TUI until summer 2022 when operations will switch to Orlando Melbourne International for its proximity to Port Canaveral.
Orlando International Airport (MCO)
The closest airport to Disney and Universal and one of the busiest airports in the US. You are 15-45 minutes from your hotel depending on where you stay.
Orlando Sanford International (SFB)
An old military airport, Sanford’s popularity with British airlines has been diminishing due to its location 1 hour north of Orlando.
Orlando Melbourne International (MLB)
Melbourne is a little further than Sanford from Orlando to the southeast but it’s convenient for cruises from Port Canaveral.
Pick Up Your Car
If you booked a package holiday your car hire cost may be included. All relevant car hire desks are outside the arrivals hall. You may need to get a short transfer to pick up the car. Remember insurance isn’t usually included in the base cost.
Drive To Your Hotel
Everyone loaded then head to your hotel. Orlando International airport is 15 minutes from International Drive and Universal Orlando Resort. Disney and Kissimmee are 25-45 minutes drive. Other Orlando airports are 1 hour or more from Orlando.
Drive To The Parks!
Every park in Orlando has a substantial car park that is well signposted. On busy days at Disney, Seaworld and Busch Gardens you can grab a free tram to get to the entrance. Remember which area you parked and don’t forget about the cost of daily parking!
Orlando Theme Park Parking Charges
To help you budget these are the advertised daily parking rates for standard sized cars for Orlando’s theme parks. Prices correct at the start of 2021 but are subject to change at any time.
Walt Disney World Resort
Water parks are free, no direct Disney Transport
Universal Orlando Resort
But parking is free after 6pm if no events are on!
UK tickets get daily parking for free!
Busch Gardens Tampa
Also free parking for UK ticket holders
Legoland Florida Resort
1 hour south of Disney in Cypress Grove
Disney World Resort Hotels Parking Charges
Starting January 2020 Disney Resort Hotels now charge UK guests an overnight parking charge. This brings their policy in line for all guests staying on-resort after the change happened for US ticket holders in 2019.
The cumulative cost of overnight parking will be added to your bill on check out at the nightly rates listed below. This list is meant as a budgeting tool only and prices can be changed at any time. An up to date list can be found on the Parking FAQ page of the Walt Disney World Website.
Art Of Animation
Campsites At Fort Wilderness
Port Orleans – French Quarter
Port Orleans – Riverside
Cabins At Fort Wilderness
Animal Kingdom Lodge
Beach Club Resort
Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Polynesian Village Resort
Yacht Club Resort
Bay Lake Tower @ Contemporary Resort
Boulder Ridge & Cooper Creek @ Wilderness Lodge
Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House & Kidani Village
Beach Club Villas
Old Key West Resort
Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Villas @ Grand Floridian Resort
Universal Orlando Resort Hotels Parking Charges
Like Disney, the cost of overnight parking in Universal Resort properties depends on the band of the hotel you stay in.
With the opening of the Endless Summer Resorts off property on International Drive, Universal now has 4 bands of hotels just like Disney.
Unlike Disney, Universal doesn’t seem to have an official answer to their parking charges on their website. These are the latest charges I could find for 2020.
Surfside Inn & Suites
Dockside Inn & Suites
Prime Value Resorts
Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach
Universal’s Aventura Hotel
Loews Sapphire Falls
Loews Portofino Bay
Hard Rock Hotel
Loews Royal Pacific