Driving Directions from the Orlando Airports to Port Orleans

Orlando International Airport (MCO) to Port Orleans Resort

This journey is about 20 miles and will take you somewhere around thirty minutes, traffic allowing. The total toll charges come to $1.50, have some change ready in quarters.

For a guide to the airport’s general layout and location, please see Orlando International Airport Wayfinding Map.

  1. You will pick up your rental car from a multi-story parking building. As you exit, move over to the right-hand lanes and follow the overhead brown airport signs for the North Exit (towards SR -436 and SR-528).
  2. You will drive under a short tunnel beneath the aircraft taxiway. At this point, keep to the middle lane.
  3. After about a mile you will leave the airport complex and come to the turnings for SR-528. Go past Exit #1A (SR-528 East) and then move to the right-hand lane and take Exit #1B (SR-528 West, signposted for I-4 and International Drive).
  4. Once on SR-528 (also known as the Beachline) you will almost immediately arrive at your first toll plaza, which costs 75¢ for cars. If you need change, stay in the right-hand GREEN lanes. Always avoid using any open lanes marked for vehicles with electronic passes if you want to avoid a hefty fine later!
  5. Continue on SR-528 and about four miles later you will pass through another toll plaza, again costing 75¢.
  6. Continue straight on over all the intersections and approximately six miles later you will arrive at the junction with Interstate 4. Keep to the middle lane here, and take the left-hand fork signposted for I-4 West / Tampa.
  7. After about five miles on the I-4, take the right-hand Exit #67 (signposted for Epcot and Downtown Disney). The exit ramp will bring you straight out onto Epcot Center Drive.
  8. You are now entering Walt Disney World – as the massive overhead sign will soon tell you!
  9. Take the third exit on the right, signposted towards Port Orleans and Old Key West.
  10. At the traffic lights, get into the left-hand lane and turn left onto Bonnet Creek Road.
  11. The first turning on your right will be for Port Orleans French Quarter and the third turning on your right is for Port Orleans Riverside.
  12. At the resort security booth, tell the Disney Security cast member that you are checking in and have your reservation details and ID to hand. Once you’ve checked in, you will later be able to use your Magic Band to open the automatic barrier in the right-hand lane.

Note: as an alternative, especially during busier times of day, you can take the South Exit route from the airport and drive along the South Access Road / Boggy Creek Road (527A) until about three miles after leaving the airport you reach the junction with SR-417. Turn left onto SR-417 South (Central Florida Greenway) which is signposted for Tampa / Disney World. Two $1.00 toll plazas later, take Exit #6 onto SR-536 as per the instructions above from Sanford Airport (step 10 onwards).

Sanford International Airport (SFB) to Port Orleans Resort

This journey is about 51 miles and will take you a little over an hour, traffic allowing. The total toll charges come to $4.50, have some change ready in quarters.

  1. Once you’ve collected your rental car at Sanford airport, drive to the exit of the parking lot and hand in the yellow copy of your rental paperwork at the security booth. Drive out and merge onto the airport’s exit road (Red Cleveland Boulevard).
  2. After about a mile you’ll come to T-junction. Turn right turn at the traffic lights onto Lake Mary Boulevard.
  3. After about two miles, just after having crossed over a railway line, go straight across the intersection with SR-427 — even though the signs here indicate that turning left will take you to SR-417.
  4. Get into the left-hand lane shortly after this intersection (just as you go underneath the SR-417 bridge) and then turn left at the lights, signposted for SR-417 Orlando.
  5. Go straight over at the next intersection and then stay in the right-hand lane as the road merges onto SR-417, also known as the Central Florida Greenway.
  6. Your first toll plaza is not far ahead and will cost $1.00 for cars. If you need change, stay in the right-hand GREEN lanes. Always avoid using any open lanes marked for vehicles with electronic passes if you want to avoid a hefty fine later!
  7. You will soon cross over a long causeway over Lake Jesup and some miles later you’ll go through another toll plaza ($1.00 charge).
  8. About 18 miles into your journey, beware when the road splits in two to form the SR-408. Do not follow the route for Orlando/SR-408 at this point, but remain on the SR-417 South by staying in the right-hand lane.
  9. There will be three more toll plazas on your journey, the first for 50¢ and the next two for $1.00 each.
  10. Shortly after the final toll plaza, take Exit #6 on your right onto SR-536, which is signposted for SR-535 / SR-536 / I-4 East and International Drive.
  11. Keep following the overhead lane signs for SR-536 West / World Center Drive.
  12. The road soon becomes Epcot Center Drive as it crosses over the I-4 and you are now entering Walt Disney World – as the massive overhead sign will soon tell you!
  13. Take the third exit on the right, signposted towards Port Orleans and Old Key West.
  14. At the traffic lights, get into the left-hand lane and turn left onto Bonnet Creek Road.
  15. The first turning on your right will be for Port Orleans French Quarter and the third turning on your right is for Port Orleans Riverside.
  16. At the resort security booth, tell the Disney Security cast member that you are checking in and have your reservation details and ID to hand. Once you’ve checked in, you will later be able to use your Magic Band to open the automatic barrier in the right-hand lane.

Note: as an alternative, during quieter times of day, you may wish to take Interstate 4 instead of the toll road. To do this, don’t turn left onto SR-417 in step 4 above, but instead continue along Lake Mary Boulevard for another six miles. The road will take you over the Interstate itself, and then you need to be in the right-hand lane ready to turn immediately right onto the slip road which is signposted for I-4 West / Orlando. About 32 miles later, take Exit #67 signposted for Epcot / Downtown Disney, as per the instructions below from Orlando International Airport (step 7 onwards).

Other Travel Information

For fuller details of these and other routes, check out the excellent kissimmee-us192.com, which includes step-by-step drive through photographs and videos in their “British Visitors” section.