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CathieForman
02-17-2012, 10:25 AM
My daughter and I are cruising on the Dream May 6 but are arriving at MCO on the 5th. Looking to stay the night (pre-cruise) in Orlando then head to PC in the morning but don't want to pay for the DCL transfer.

Trying to weigh the costs of transportation - car service vs rental car vs DCL - does anyone know how much the tolls are from Orlando to Port Canaveral? Just the two of us and I'd really rather not drive a rental car but a rental might be the most cost effective but I need to factor in the tolls and gas.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Cathie

CoreyB
02-17-2012, 11:22 AM
I just went thru this same ordeal for my upcoming may cruise. I found a car from budget for around 60.00 tax and all and that is including a 13.00 charge for a car seat. I checked on the toll price and from MCO to the port is 1.50.

mmouse37
02-17-2012, 01:14 PM
A rental will easily be your least expensive option and it is a very easy drive to the port from MCO.

You can check out rental car discount codes at www.mousesavers.com

The rental agencies near the port are : Avis, Budget, Hertrz, Thrifty/Dollar and Enterprise. For 2 people you will not need a very large car.

Here are the directions....

http://www.portcanaveral.com/directions.php

Many do a one-way transfer...pick up the car at MCO when you land and turn in in port area before the cruise and take their shuttle to the ship.

Do the reverse for the trip back to the airport OR.... if you are flying one of the participating airlines check out Disney's Onboard Airline Check in program...it is well worth the $70 bucks it will cost for 2 people, IMO.

Onboard Airline Check-In

Enjoy the comfort and convenience of Onboard Airline Check-In when you purchase air or ground transportation through Disney Cruise Line.

When you register for Onboard Airline Check-In, you are entitled to:

Receive your boarding passes and check your luggage for your return flight before you disembark the ship.
Skip luggage claim at the port terminal.
Bypass the airline check-in counter at the airport.
Here's how it works:

Reserve air or ground transportation through Disney Cruise Line and sign up for Onboard Airline Check-In when you check in for your cruise at the port.
On the day prior to disembarkation, your airline boarding passes and valet luggage tags will magically be delivered to your stateroom, along with a letter answering common questions you may have.
Attach the tags to your luggage and leave your bags outside your stateroom on the evening prior to disembarkation. Disney Cruise Line will collect and deliver your luggage to your airline.
When you arrive at Orlando International Airport, proceed to security with your boarding passes already in hand and continue on to your scheduled departure gate.
Available to Guests flying out of Orlando International Airport on domestic flights (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) on AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines and US Airways.

Pre-registration is required and scheduled flights must be after 11:25 a.m. On the day your cruise ends. Guests are limited to 2 bags per person and each piece must not exceed 50 lbs. Additionally, some Guests may be selected to check in at the airport and will be unable to use this service.

We recommend that you allow a minimum of 4 hours at the beginning and end of your cruise for travel time, customs/immigrations clearances and security checks at Port Canaveral and the airport. Additionally, on the day of your sailing, all Guests must board the ship no later than 3:45 p.m. Please plan your arrival accordingly to avoid the possibility of not being permitted to sail with us.

For more information, please call (800) 951-3532. Guests under age 18 must have parent or guardian permission to call.

MJ