Arriving in Orlando (MCO)
First impressions of Sanford
Orlando Sanford International Airport is the second airport that serves Orlando with tourists from the USA and Europe. It is not as big or as busy as MCO and viewed by many as a much quicker experience getting through immigration and car hire pick up.
Getting through Immigration and Customs
Once you get off the plane you proceed down a series of corridors which leads to the immigration hall. At the moment Sanford doesn't have the self service machines that MCO has so you have just one queue waiting to see an Immigration Officer. Make sure you have all your relevant ravel documents at hand and that you stay as a group because you don't have to be related to go to an IO, just traveling together.
Once again, these people have an important job to do and may seem a little "Frosty" so now is not the time for smart answers etc. Generally they will be polite and wish you a nice vacation on completion. Just the same as MCO, you have a fingerprint taken and a photograph.
When you leave immigration you travel down some more corridors and arrive at the baggage claim and customs hall. Your flight will be identified by it's Flight Number, Airline and Origination Airport. Collect your luggage and head to through the customs they will ask if you have any foodstuffs, just be aware you are not allowed to bring anything like that in, you should be fine with Tea & Coffee. Once you leave this building you will head out into the Florida sunshine to be gin your well earned vacation.
If you are staying on site at Walt Disney World, unlike MCO, there are no "Magical Express" transfers from airport to hotel, so you need to have a car hire booked or arrange some other transportation.
If you do have car hire booked, you will be able to collect your car just across the road once you leave the building. All the main car rental companies are there.
Sanford International Airport to International Drive and Walt Disney World Resort - Via SR-417 (Toll Road) This is the route I would recommend if you haven't driven before in the USA. It avoids going through Downtown Orlando especially if it's rush hour.. Get onto E Airport Blvd for 1.9 mi Turn left onto the FL-417 S ramp Partial toll road 0.2 mi Merge onto Florida 417 Toll S Toll road 43.6 mi Take exit 6 for International Dr at the Southern end which will take you North to where you're staying. Slight left at World Center Dr 2.1 mi Continue onto Epcot Center Dr 1.1 mi
If you are staying in a villa on the 192 come off at Celebration or if the 27 stay on till it merges with the I-4.