Flights

First of all – there are a number of airports in the Orlando area, but if you wish to use Disney’s Magical Express (the free transportation bus to your Disney hotel), you must fly into Orlando International Airport (MCO). This shouldn’t be an issue, as it is the largest and usually the cheapest option.

From the time you land in MCO until you reach your hotel, you can expect it to take at least an hour by the time you get to the Magical Express, wait for the bus to load and then the 30 minute drive to Disney. This might affect the flight time you choose.

When the Magical Express picks up you at the end of your trip, they will give you a time that is 3 hours prior to your flight if your first flight is Domestic, or 4 hours prior to your flight if your flight is international (on our last trip, we flew from MCO-Minneapolis-Edmonton, so that was considered domestic – it only looks at the first leg of your trip).

Security lines at MCO can be crazy sometimes. It all depends on what time your flight is leaving.

From Edmonton (YEG)

  • If traveling on Saturdays, WestJet does offer a direct flight to MCO. Obviously, the cost is a bit higher than a flight with layovers
  • The past two years that we’ve gone in January, the cost has been around $600/person round trip, and our flight times have been decent. I’d use that as a price point in finding a good flight.
  • WestJet is obviously our favourite airline, but Delta is our favourite American brand. You can also check United and American (and Air Canada if you like to punish yourself) for flights from YEG-MCO
  • WestJet flights typically have layovers in Toronto or Calgary. The new US terminal in Calgary is really nice!
  • Delta’s flights will usually take you to Minneapolis. We also had a 2nd layover in Detroit one year (which is a really nice airport!)
  • I used United Airlines to fly to Miami once, my layover was in Chicago (but I have no idea what the flight to MCO would be)

From Winnipeg

  • It looks like there are lots of options for non-stop flights with WestJet – Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays
  • All connecting flights with WestJet appear to go through Toronto.
  • Flight prices seem to be really decent – I did a quick search on Google Flights and there were options for under $500 return

From Toronto

  • Lucky bastards. There’s direct flights multiple times every day, and you can easily find one for under $400 return.

From Halifax

  • From a quick look, I think the flights will be in the $500 range.
  • WestJet appears to offer a direct flight on Sundays, but any other day of the week will require a transfer through Toronto.
  • It looks like a few of the US Airlines operate out of there as well, you have layovers in either Boston or New York. (United, American, etc)

From Fredericton/Moncton

  • All flights transfer through Toronto. From what I can tell, the only airline options are WestJet and Air Canada.
  • You should be able to find a return flight for under $600.

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