It's easy to see why Orlando International Airport is one of the 30 busiest in the world - two big black ears and Sleeping Beauty's castle. People from all over the globe flock to Disney World, and the airport is the way most of them get to the world-famous amusement park. In fact, Orlando International's airport code, MCO, is often jokingly said to stand for "Mickey's Corporate Office". Here are a few tips to help you get around the airport without looking like a tourist in search of mouse-ear hats.
Orlando International Airport has two main terminals, the orange Terminal A and Terminal B in green, and is further divided into four airside terminals. Airside 1 currently has 27 gates and services Aer Lingus, Air Jamaica, Air Canada, Air Transat, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, CanJet, Continental Airlines, Continental Connection, Continental Express, Bahamasair, Midwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, Sunwing Airlines, Midwest Airlines, and WestJet.
Airside 2 and its 16 gates house JetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines. Airside 3, with its 29 gates, holds Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, and US Airways Express.
Lastly, Airside 4 services AirTran Airways, British Airways, Aeromexico, Mexicana, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Lufthansa, Northwest Airlines, Northwest Airlink, Frontier Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and TAM Airlines.
You'll come in from your flight at either terminal in the third level. If you're done perusing the many shops at the airside terminal you arrive in, you can take a shuttle to the main terminal. It's alright if you miss the first shuttle you see - one comes every two minutes, and the ride itself shouldn't take more than 3 minutes. When you get off, you can explore the shops and restaurants in the main terminal, head to baggage claim on the second level, or go to ground transportation on the first level.
The third level of the main terminal houses a host of shops, the hotel atrium, and the food court. You'll find the hotel atrium around the East Hall, and the food court at the center of the terminal.
Baggage claim is a friendly enough area - signs will point you to where you want to go. You'll see a board displaying the baggage carousels for each flight near the elevators, and SmarteCartes are available to help you bring your luggage around. A kiosk for each airline is around to help you with any issues that may arise regarding your baggage.
Ground transportation is where you'll find car rentals, buses, shuttles and such. It's also where your friends or family can pick you up. The rental car garage is conveniently connected to the main terminal, so you won't have to travel away from the airport to get mobile. Taxis and buses can be found in Side A of the main terminal. If you're in town for a Disney vacation, you can also find the Disney Welcome Center here. If you're headed anywhere else in town, the LYNX bus system can take you to several locations in Orlando.
You can also go online and look up the airport's official website at http://www.orlandoairports.net/main.htm for more detailed information.