Comparing pickup options from Orlando airport to Disney World

Article last updated: November 14, 2017

If you plan to fly into Orlando International Airport, you'll have to figure out how to get from there to your resort. In this post, I compare many good options (from free to pricey) to help you decide what makes the most sense for your trip.

Let's take a look at some good options to get from the Orlando airport to Disney World...

(FYI: meet-and-greet service means the driver meets you at the baggage claim area and offers assistance with your bags. Prices listed below reflect the average cost to go from MCO to WDW-area resorts. As with many posts on this site, some links below provide a commission if booked through this site.)

Magical Express (Disney's own buses that go from the Orlando airport to Disney World)

magicalexpress e1491494224469 - Comparing pickup options from Orlando airport to Disney WorldThis motorcoach option is available to guests staying at onsite Disney World resorts.

Price: Free
Other fees: None
Tipping: $1-2/bag if you take your own luggage onto the bus
Car seats: Not needed (if you bring your own, they'll stow it in the storage compartment during the ride)
Meet-and-greet service: Not available
Grocery stops: Not available, though you can get groceries other ways
Luggage handling: Can either put Magical Express luggage tags on your bags (mailed to you ahead of time) and allow them to transport it (bags will be delivered up to 3-4 hours later), or get your own from the baggage carousel and take them on the bus with you
Transport time: Up to 2-3 hours from the time you land to the time you get to your resort, depending on lines at the airport, when the bus leaves, and when you get dropped off (buses go to multiple resorts)
Other locations for pickup/dropoff: Magical Express only goes between MCO and WDW resorts
More info: get more details on how Magical Express works

Mears shuttle

mearsshuttle e1491494335610 - Comparing pickup options from Orlando airport to Disney WorldA shared shuttle van that is a good option for offsite guests without their own cars.

Price: Usually around $20/person
Other fees: None
Tipping: 15-20% is typical
Car seats: Not provided, guests are encouraged to bring their own
Meet-and-greet service: Not available
Grocery stops: Not available, though you can get groceries other ways
Luggage handling: You'll handle your own bags
Transport time: Up to an hour, shuttles make multiple stops
Other locations for pickup/dropoff: Most local hotels, Sanford airport, Port Canaveral, theme parks
More info: Mears shuttle info

Taxi

mearstaxi e1491494262180 - Comparing pickup options from Orlando airport to Disney WorldNo reservation required and easy to find at the airport.

Price: ~$70
Other fees: None
Tipping: 15-20% is typical
Car seats: Available by request
Meet-and-greet service: Not available
Grocery stops: As requested, but you'll pay as the driver waits
Luggage handling: You'll handle your own bags
Transport time: Direct, so transport time is as minimal as possible
Other locations for pickup/dropoff: Just about anywhere. If your pickup spot isn't an area where taxis line up, you can call or use the app to request pickup.
More info: http://www.mearstransportation.com/taxi-services/

Uber

uber jpg 20140908 e1491494383593 - Comparing pickup options from Orlando airport to Disney WorldAlthough the lower levels of Uber service didn't used to be allowed, all levels are now allowed to pick up.

Price: ~$33-60, depending on the type of service you choose
Other fees: None
Tipping: $1-2/bag if the driver helps you load and unload your bags
Car seats: Available with UberFAMILY
Meet-and-greet service: Not available
Grocery stops: As requested, but you'll pay as the driver waits (or you can have the car leave and request another Uber when you're finished shopping)
Luggage handling: You'll handle your own bags
Transport time: Direct, so transport time is as minimal as possible
Other locations for pickup/dropoff: Just about anywhere in Central Florida, including the coasts (though that would be expensive and there are probably better options for that)
More info: Learn more about how Uber works at Disney World

Rental car

Screen Shot 2016 08 12 at 12.16.22 PM e1491494157757 - Comparing pickup options from Orlando airport to Disney WorldThe lowest level of Orlando International Airport has rental car desks, and there are even more companies just outside of the airport accessible by shuttle.

Price: Varies by trip length, often $150-200/week for standard size car
Other fees: Tolls, gas, $20/day parking at WDW for people who aren't Annual Passholders or staying onsite
Tipping: None
Car seats: Varies by company, but often $10/day to rent
Meet-and-greet service: Not available
Grocery stops: Obviously available if you'd like
Luggage handling: You'll handle your own bags
Transport time: Direct, so transport time is as minimal as possible
Other locations for pickup/dropoff: Obviously if you have your own car, you can go wherever you'd like. If you want to pickup or drop off a rental car in the middle of your trip, you can do so onsite at Disney World. See this chart for locations.
More info: See the full list of rental car companies and get more info from MouseSavers

Standard for many private car companies

carservice - Comparing pickup options from Orlando airport to Disney WorldThere are many private car service companies available to go from the Orlando airport to Disney World. Here's what they typically charge and offer.

Price: ~$70+
Other fees: Some charge $10 for arrivals after 11 p.m., $10 for international arrivals, $3 fuel surcharge
Tipping: 20% is suggested
Car seats: Some free, some up to $7-10 per seat
Meet-and-greet service: Some companies charge for this service, others provide it for free
Grocery stops: Most include a 15-20 minute stop for free
Luggage handling: The ones that provide meet-and-greet service will usually assist you in getting your bags
Transport time: Direct, so transport time is as minimal as possible
Other locations for pickup/dropoff: most will pickup at resorts and theme parks as well, but many include lots of extra fees

Orlando Transportation by Mike

orlandotransportationbymike e1491494104800 - Comparing pickup options from Orlando airport to Disney WorldThough I've used car other service companies in Orlando before, the service has always been inconsistent. Orlando Transportation by Mike is a fantastic company that provides great service and gets great review from WDW Prep readers.

Price: $60-67 to WDW resorts
Other fees: None
Tipping: 20% is suggested
Car seats: Free
Meet-and-greet service: Free
Grocery stops: Available by request for an additional $20
Luggage handling: Assistance with your bags is included
Transport time: Direct, so transport time is as minimal as possible
Other locations for pickup/dropoff: Sanford Airport, Port Canaveral, resorts, theme parks (no hidden fees for pickups)
More info: Reservation request form

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Cristin

Hi Shannon, We are going to be booking with transportation by Mike, But can we still have disney take our bags to the hotel if we dont go on the ME? Or if we cancel the ME, do we have to also get our own bags? Thanks for all the info!

Cristin

Thank you so much!!

Y Torres

Due to a late arrival at MCO, we did not want to ‘wait’ on a bus, then ‘wait’ on resort stops. We took your recommendation and used Orlando Transportation by Mike. IT WAS THE BEST!!! We used the service round trip and were impressed. Best prices, clean vehicles, pleasant drivers and we will use Mike’s company again.

gail cartmell

we have just come back from Orlando and we used mike to collect us to and from the airport. He was very professional and the service was great defiantly recommend them.

Emily

Thanks for all the info, Shannon! Is there a way to use Mike to leave directly from a park? Not sure what we would do with our luggage in that case.

Jennifer

We’ve already made Magical Express reservations, do we need to cancel those if we decide to use Mike instead?
For the return trip, can we still check our luggage in for the ME & use Mike’s service?

Dave Katz

We just got back from Disney. We used Orlando Transportation by Mike both ways. Mike was super professional and very responsive. He was waiting for us as we descended the elevator to baggage claim when we got there and again for us as we walked out of our hotel (even though the departure was on his birthday!) His vehicle was comfortable and very clean. His service was impeccable. I’d highly recommend him.

Heather Stefanucci

Can we use Mike to get to our hotel but use Magical Express on the way back to the airport?

Heather

Thanks Shannon!

Vicki Cartwright

We are flying to Orlando and staying on property at Disney. We are going to Sea World one day during out stay and would like to know the best way to get there. Since we are flying I will not have car seats and have a 4 and 7 year old.

AF

Just a note that renting or “borrowing” a carseat from a rental car company or a taxi service is not recommended, as A) you have no idea if they’re going to bring a carseat suitable for your child (eg. a “toddler” seat that’s forward-facing for your 1yo, or a seat with limits that your child has outgrown) B) you have NO idea how they handle the seats (are they washed improperly? The straps have been soaked/bleached/etc? Have they been in a collision?) C) You may be unfamiliar with the seat provided, and it may be hard to get a proper… Read more »

Matt H

We use Super Shuttle because I use a power wheelchair and they have the ability to pick us up. I used them the last time we were there and when we go next year, I will call them and schedule both pick up from the airport and when we leave the resort to take us back to the airport. I have used them at Disneyland San Diego and when I was in the military, and never had an issue. The prices are not that bad and you can request a non stop to the resort.

Amy Avery

Hi Shannon,
We are starting our WDW trip with 3 days at Universal. So we can not use the ME to start our trip. Would you suggest Orlando Transportation by Mike then to get us to Universal?
Thanks!

LouanaLane

We are planning same scenario as Amy- except starting our trip with 2 days Universal. I think she’s asking if you’d suggest Transportation by Mike from MCO to Universal. I think we will take Uber from Universal to WDW.

Amy Avery

Thank you! I was asking about getting from MCO to Universal so it sounds like Mike is the way to go.

sara

Woah, I didn’t realize the Magical Express took so long! Thanks for this post. Looks like I’ll be revising our plans for next month ?

Amy Avery

We’ve used ME 3 times and I don’t think it has ever been as much as 3 hours. Probably closer to 2. Each time was a bit different. The luggage took the longest. So if you need your luggage at a specific time, I would suggest you take it on the bus with you. Our plane left late one trip, which pushed everything back. We had a Boutique reservations and we did not have our daughter’s dress for the princess make-over by the time we had to leave for Disney Springs. I like the ease of the ME bus, personally.

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