If you are looking at ways to get from Orlando Airport to Walt Disney World, an Uber can be a great option.
Uber can be a good alternative to driving to the airport and paying for parking or renting a car.
Let’s explore the different options for getting from MCO to Walt Disney World to see which is the best for you and your family.
This article was updated in August 2021.
Can Uber Pick Up at Orlando Airport?
For a long time, Uber was not able to operate from Orlando International Airport.
However, since 2017 Uber has been allowed to pick up passengers on MCO Orlando International.
- Can Uber Pick Up at Orlando Airport?
- How to Call an Uber From Orlando International Airport
- Different Types of Uber Vehicles
- Car Seats and Uber – What are the Options?
- Cost of Uber From Orlando International Airport to Disney World
- Lyft From Orlando International Airport to Disney World
- Is There a Free Shuttle From Orlando Airport to Disney World?
- Train from Orlando International Airport to Disney Springs
How to Call an Uber From Orlando International Airport
If you want to take an Uber then make sure you have collected all your bags and then request a vehicle on the App. Once you have done that you need to go to the exit on Level 2 Arrivals and wait for your vehicle to arrive.
Always make sure that you check that the type of vehicle and the registration number of the car match with that shown on your app.
Can an Uber driver charge more for luggage? No, but always have in mind the amount of luggage that you have when you order your Uber.
You do not want to be crammed in the bag seat with your suitcases on your knee!
Always make sure that you order the Uber type of car that best suits your needs.
Different Types of Uber Vehicles
You have various different choices according to the type of Uber vehicle you want.
UberX is the standard choice. The car will take up to 4 riders.
If you have up to six people then an UberXL is a good option. This will be an SUV or Van.
Comfort also takes up to 4 passengers but are newer vehicles with more legroom.
UberBLACK is the ultimate Uber. It is meant to compete with a town car type service. You will be transported in a black luxury vehicle and be driven by a professional driver.
However, if you need a car seat to be provided in your Uber you can request this. However, if you are taking a Car Seat in your UberX or Uber XL there is an additional charge.
Car Seats and Uber – What are the Options?
Florida State Law requires that all Children under 5 must be seated in a Federally approved car seat.
Always put safety first and be aware of the law.
I traveled for many years with young children and remember the pain of always having to decide whether to take your car seat on the airplane or rely on rental options when you got to your destination.
Mostly I found that the easiest option was bringing a car seat with me. You know that your child will be happy in it, and most importantly you know its history and safety.
However, if you just have to take an uber from Orlando International Airport to your Disney World Hotel you might decide not to bring it.
You will have to select your journey and then scroll through the types of vehicles that are offered. Select the one of your choice which offers a car seat.
If you select an uber car seat the rate will be charged for at least an Uber X with an additional $10 surcharge.
Cost of Uber From Orlando International Airport to Disney World
Here are the approximate costs which were shown in August 2021:
UberX Car Seat $50.69
Uber Pet $45.25
Uber XL $50.69
Uber XL Car Seat $60.69
Black Car Seat $97.91
Black SUV Car Seat $113.20
Black Hourly $107.73
These are approximate costs only.
However, you can Check Current Uber Rates Here so you have an idea of costs before you decide if this is the best option for your travel from Orlando Airport to Disney World.
If you are sailing on a Disney Cruise and need to get to the cruise port you should read Uber From Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral.
Lyft From Orlando International Airport to Disney World
The ride-sharing service Lyft also operates out of Orlando International Airport.
Here are approximate prices from Lyft:
Lux Black 85-93
Lux Black XL $130-142
Here you can estimate the price of your Lyft from MCO
Again, prices do vary according to time of day and demand. Prices are comparable to Uber.
Is There a Free Shuttle From Orlando Airport to Disney World?
What about Disney’s Magical Express Service? This used to be a wonderful perk for Walt Disney World Resort guests who wanted to easily get from MCO to their Disney World Hotel.
The service was free and incredibly efficient. Disney’s Magical Express even handled your checked bags for you so that you didn’t have to go to luggage claim.
You simply checked your luggage at your departure airport and then Disney would magically do the rest. The next time you would see your luggage would be inside your Walt Disney World Hotel room!
A wonderful free system that many Disney Resort guests used.
However, Disney announced that the Magical Express Service will come to an end on January 1st, 2022.
If you want an alternative bus transportation service from January 2022 you can book now at Mears Connect.
Mears actually operated the Magical Express for Disney, even though most guests never realized this.
The service, hopefully, will be much the same – except of course you will have to pay for it!
I really do hope that with the change in the service from Magical Express there isn’t a downturn in customer service and efficiency.
Also, when there is no longer an option for a free shuttle for all those Disney Resort guests the temptation will be for all other services to put up prices. Let’s hope that this doesn’t happen.
There will be two different levels of service available from the new Mears Connect when it starts up in January 2022.
The Standard Service is much like the Magical Express. It even advertises onboard entertainment and an arrival souvenir.
I would guess that the entertainment will be exactly the same Mickey cartoon that ran on Magical Express for years – but it really would be good to mix it up a little.
If you are booking now there is introductory pricing available:
Adults: $16 one-way and $32 for a round-trip
Children: $13.50 one-way and $27 for a round-trip
Mears is guaranteeing that passengers will leave the Orlando International Airport within 20 minutes of arriving in the pickup area. On your return, you will be picked up 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight time.
Premium Service is a more personal service with a smaller vehicle and has minimal waiting. On your return, you will be picked up two hours before your flight time.
Introductory pricing for premium service for up to 4 guests is $200 for each round-trip (up to 4 people). It is $55 for each additional guest
Mears Connect advertises onboard entertainment and an arrival souvenir. I assume the entertainment will be the Mickey cartoons that currently play on the Magical Express.
The pick-up spot at MCO will be the same spot as the current Magical Express, B side Level 1.
Nothing much has really changed – apart from now, it will add more expense to your vacation. Sometimes you just don’t know how good a thing was until you don’t have it anymore!
Train from Orlando International Airport to Disney Springs
What a wonderful idea it would be to have a train going from Orlando International Airport to Disney Springs.
Fortunately, this isn’t just an idea – it is a definite plan and construction has started on this Brightline Expansion in Orlando.
The Brightline Train will carry passengers from Miami to Orlando with stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.
The journey from West Palm Beach to Orlando is approximately 2 hours, with trains traveling up to 125 miles per hour.
It is expected that the extension to Orlando International Airport will be complete sometime in 2022.
That’s the good news.
The not-so-good news is that construction recently shut down on the Disney Springs expansion as there is a dispute over the route which the train should take.
Completion of the Disney Springs Train Line isn’t expected until 2026.
It isn’t yet known what transportation options that Disney will offer to hotel guests who arrive at Disney Springs on the train.
Hopefully, they will be able to use the Disney bus transportation system to get them to their hotel.
Have you taken an Uber from Orlando International Airport to Walt Disney World? Did you think this was a good option? Leave us a comment below.