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If you’re looking for a family-friendly holiday to the United States, it might be wise to keep Orlando in mind. Well known for its family-friendly attractions, including the massive Walt Disney World and the popular Universal Studios Florida, the city is an awesome spot for those travelling with a party featuring members of different ages.


But Orlando is just part of what Florida has to offer. The state has plenty of awesome tropical spots that give Honolulu and Los Angeles a run for their money in terms of beachy North American holidays. Luckily for you, your trip can take you from the queues of one of the aforementioned theme parks to the relaxing coast of some of the region’s best beaches. Taking advantage of car hire at Orlando Airport from DriveNow means you can have your holiday on your terms.


Whether you’re staying in the town known as the City Beautiful or taking off for other parts of the Sunshine State, there’s a strong chance you’re going to be passing through the Orlando Airport. As one of the biggest and most popular entry and exit points in all of the US, the airport has plenty of amenities to help keep you and your party happy and on track for a solid holiday. Read on to learn a bit more about the airport and what it has in store for international visitors.

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A Quick Guide to Car Hire at Orlando Airport

Airport
Information

Address:
1 Jeff Fuqua Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32827

Code: MCO

Telephone: +1 407-825-2011

Location:
Orlando Airport is located approximately 11 miles south east of Orlando CBD

No. of Terminals: 2

Timezone: GMT/UTC -05:00 Standard Time

Orlando Airport Atrium
You’ll easily find rental car desks on Level 1 of both Side A and Side B at Orlando International Airport
Source: All images courtesy of orlandoairports.net

Although the airport sees millions stroll through its gates each year, getting your hands on the keys to your rental car at Orlando Airport is an absolute breeze. Orlando is one of the biggest rental car markets in the world, so you know you’re going to be well-catered for if you’re looking for a hire car at the airport to get your trip started quickly and easily.

You won’t have to traverse the entire span of the structure to get your hands on the wheels you’ve reserved with DriveNow. When you rent a car at Orlando Airport, you’ll pick up the keys at the desks located on Side A or Side B. Both sides house rental desks on Level 1 near baggage claim. That way you can pick up your bags, get the keys, and get going without churning through precious holiday hours.

When you rent a car at Orlando Airport with DriveNow, you’ll be doing so with the backing of some of the best suppliers in the world. You can find excellent makes and models on offer from trusted brands such as Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Europcar, Hertz, SIXT and Thrifty. By pre-booking through DriveNow, all you have to do is grab the keys and get ready to enjoy the sunny fun of Orlando and the rest of Florida.

Amenities and Services in Orlando Airport

Listen, we know you want to spend as little time as possible in the airport. After all, nobody goes on vacation to hang out in the terminals of their destination’s aviation centre! But sometimes you need to kill some time, whether it be an hour before boarding or longer due to some unfortunate delays.

Now that you’ve got a handle on car hire in Orlando Airport, here’s a bit of a guide to some of the amenities and services offered there.

Wi-Fi

Perhaps the most important feature of an airport (or pretty much anywhere in which you’ll be waiting for longer than, oh, 60 seconds) is whether or not it offers Wi-Fi and, if so, how much it costs. Those travelling to the City Beautiful will be happy to know that the airport does, in fact, have free Wi-Fi! Just search out “MCO Internet” on your phone and connect.

Security Wait Times

Security Wait times at Orlando Airport
Checking out the security wait times on the Orlando Airport website can help you plan your trip
Source: orlandoairports.net

Whether you use this feature before you arrive or once you rock up to the check-in desk, the Orlando Airport home page has a section that shows you current security line wait times for certain gates. While these are by no means scientific or guaranteed to be precise, it can give you a bit of a heads up in regards to what you have in store.

Passport Control

One of the most frustrating aspects of travelling internationally can be the passport check. But Orlando Airport does its best to make this potentially lengthy, but incredible important, process that much smoother. There are a few different methods you can use to try to make the process easier for you and your family.

Mobile Passport is an app-based system that is in use at Orlando Airport. Global Entry is a way for those who have been pre-approved to speed through customs. And the automated passport kiosks in Orlando Airport don’t require any sort of early sign up and can still make your wait shorter.

It’s incredibly important to remember that not all travellers will be eligible for these programs. It’s also vital to remember that, if you have any questions, play it safe. Speak to somebody at customs and have them point you in the right direction if you’re unsure about anything.

Wall Art

Orlando Airport Wall Art
You won’t find standard airport décor when walking the terminals in Orlando
Source: orlandoairports.net

While most wouldn’t think of airports as places to turn for artistic excellence, pieces adorning the walls of the Orlando Airport play a key role in the aerial precinct’s look. The different mediums have been commissioned by artists from near and far. So keep your eyes peeled when looking at the walls, ceilings, and floors of the airport for an eyeful of art!

What to Eat and Drink in Orlando Airport

Maybe you want a quick bite to eat before you set off on your adventure or in the lead-up to boarding to head home. Or perhaps you want to sit around for a bit and watch the game while you wait. Whether it’s a little pick-me-up or a longer session, Orlando Airport has enough options to please the millions it services every year. Here’s a bit of a rundown of what you can eat and drink in Orlando Airport.

Fast Food

Burger King at Orlando Airport
Craving Hungry Jacks? Seek out a Burger King; it’s the same thing!
Source: orlandoairports.net

Sometimes when you’re travelling you just want something that you know you can trust. When it comes to fast food, you certainly know what you’re going to get. Orlando Airport has its fair share of fast food staples, including but not limited to Burger King (think Hungry Jack’s if you’re an Australian), McDonald’s, and Chick-fil-A; sandwich spots Quizno’s and Jersey Mike’s; Mexican outlets Chipotle, Moe’s Southwestern Grill, On the Border, and Qdoba; Asian eateries Panda Express, Manchu Wok, and Asian Chao; and quick sweet treat spots Auntie Anne’s, Carvel, and Coldstone Creamery.

The short story? If you’ve got a craving for something quick, chances are you can find it somewhere in Orlando International Airport.

Home Team Sports

As you might guess from its name, Home Team Sports has you covered if you’re looking for a screen on which to watch some sport. With plenty of viewing angles from which to choose, you can pull up a stool and down a few pints while munching on some pub grub. This place fulfils its role as the big airport sports bar with ease.

Hemisphere

Orlando Airport Hemisphere restaurant
For a more refined dining experience in Orlando Airport, check out the Hemisphere restaurant
Source: orlandoairports.net

Hemisphere is a step up from some of the more standard fare you’ll find in the Orlando Airport terminal halls and better suited for those looking for a relaxed sit-down meal. If you’re in the airport early, you can dine on a nice breakfast that will let you unwind a bit before hours of travel. Taking off after dinner time? Your main meal options include a range of international dishes, including steaks and seafoods. Hemisphere is located on the ninth floor of the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport and offers a more upscale dining experience before you even make your way through security.

Outback Steakhouse

Missing home a bit too much? Pop into Outback Steakhouse for an over the top American view of all things Australian. Just don’t go expecting Lamingtons and a sausage sizzle, OK?

Shopping While you Wait in Orlando Airport

Although we know that taking care of car rental at Orlando Airport can be a quick and painless process with DriveNow, unfortunately we can’t help make sure all the aeroplanes depart at their scheduled times. Annoyed because you’re facing a delay with no end in sight? Take out some of your frustration with a bit of retail therapy! Here are some of the finest retailers and other shopping spots in Orlando Airport.

Electronics

Inmotion Entertainment at Orlando Airport
With across the US, Inmotion Entertainment hooks up thousands of travellers a year with the electronics they need for a smooth trip
Source: orlandoairports.net

Pretty much the last thing you want is to be short on electronic gear when you fly. With as much as you rely on your mobile phone and computer for not only connectivity with others but also sheer entertainment, you want to make sure both are fit and firing and that you have all the necessary accessories and equipment to get the most out of them.

Luckily for you there are a few options in Orlando Airport if you need to pick up some electronics. Inmotion Entertainment, Brookstone, Tech on the Go, Sound Balance and vending machines spread around the airport can give you the chargers, headphones, and other electronics that can make your travelling experience all the smoother.

Spas

It can be hard to relax when you’re stressing about hitting connections and getting everything home in one piece. So don’t be afraid to call in the big guns and get some help from professionals! There are four XpresSpa locations throughout the airport, as well as a Terminal Getaway Spa, that can help you unwind a bit and get your body and mind ready for the hours in the air ahead of you.

The Finer Things

The Gem Collection at Orlando Airport
Don’t let the clean white design fool you; The Gem Collection is full of vibrant, colourful options
Source: orlandoairports.net

Want to buy yourself something particularly nice so you can have a special memento with which to remember your trip to the US? The Orlando Airport can help you put any spare luggage space you might end up having to good use with a collection of quality retailers full of sound souvenir options.

Timeless Travel can help you stay on time (something that’s always good when on the go!) and looking great with a stylish watch. The same can be said for Swatch, which showcases a collection of the famous Swiss timepiece maker’s ample selection. Swarovski can give you the chance to bring a little taste of Austria back to Australia; choose from a huge range of dazzling crystal pieces to find jewellery to help make your look sparkle. Looking for something a bit more colourful? The Gem Collection is the place to turn for vibrant stones. And Guess has the accessories that can help you tie your entire look together.

Clothing

Add a little something new to your wardrobe before you pack up and set course for your next port of call. Harley Davidson has great casual wear to browse, and Finish Line is great if you need some comfortable athletic clothing to wear on the flight or on your trip. Orlando can be quite sunny, especially in the summer, so swing by Lids for headwear you need to look good and stay safe from the sun.

DriveNow Lets You Compare Car Hire at Orlando Airport Easily for Free


The Orlando Airport is fit to suit travellers of all sorts

Don’t waste hours of your time in the airport trying to figure out public transportation to your accommodation or your next destination. Instead, let DriveNow help you find car rental in Orlando Airport that can get you on your way in just a few minutes.

With our simple comparison system, you can sort the available vehicles from major global suppliers such as Avis, Budget, Enterprise, and Dollar in just a few clicks. Separate hire cars in Orlando Airport by size, price, make, model, and other features to narrow down your search. Then compare them easily and make your reservation. All of this can be done on your favourite device well in advance of your trip and for free, giving you one less thing to worry about in the days leading up to take off.

And not only is making your reservation easy; it’s also transparent. The price you see is the price you get—no sneaky extra charges here. You don’t even have to give us your credit card details when you book because you don’t pay until you pick up the keys and head out.

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