MCO Airport Guide
How to navigate the busiest airport in Florida.
Traveling through the airport – even near the kingdom of Disney – is usually anything but magical. With more than 45 million passengers boarding 35 airlines each year, the Orlando International Airport (MCO) – which surpassed Miami International Airport in 2017 as the state’s busiest – offers plenty of amenities to get travelers to and from the world-famous amusement park located next door. It was named for McCoy Air Force Base, long defunct, but locals joke that MCO stands for “Mickey’s Corporate Office.”
Before you go: Park at our MCO facility and we’ll get you to the terminal in less than 10 minutes. From covered parking to a complimentary water bottle to survive the Florida heat, we’ll start and end your trip on the right foot. (Consider making reservations to secure your parking during peak travel seasons.)
Download the Orlando MCO Airport app to check TSA wait times, track flights and access a terminal map. Listen to the airport’s radio station – FLY MCO – for information, weather, music and more.
What to eat: There’s plenty of magic in the kitchen at MCO’s more than 120 food, beverage and retail locations. Le Grand Comptoir at Gates 1-29 is an upscale French brasserie that was awarded first place in “Travel and Leisure’s Best Airport Spots.” Jet-lagged? Indulge your appetite at Cask and Larder, a farm-to-table hot spot famous for Southern cuisine like Nashville hot chicken and waffles and chicken biscuits with Southern gravy and pepper jam. Early risers can spice up their morning with a trip to Zaza Cuban Coffee for some joe and empanadas.
The Hyatt Regency – inside the airport – offers a bar area overlooking the terminal that’s perfect for people watching, grabbing a snack or meal and getting away from the passenger crowds.
Where to look: MCO’s art collection brings some of the Sunshine State’s most beautiful landscapes to the airport. Large-scale mosaics guide passengers through the terminals like a coastal, yellow-brick road. One of the most famous pieces is artist Duane Hanson’s “The Traveller,”a life-size sculpture of a hungover man snoozing on a pile of luggage. It’s so realistic, the airport had to place the sculpture in a protective box to prevent concerned passers-by from waking the traveler. Find it on the third floor near Starbucks.
Even the most seasoned Floridians deserve a Mickey Mouse coffee mug. There are six theme park gift shops at MCO, including Disney’s EarPort and a Kennedy Space Center Shop.
Traveling soon? Make a reservation at our MCO facility.