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    MCO Airport in Orlando

    I am flying for the first time this March to visit my parents. I am flying into MCO Airport on Delta and my parents will pick me up. They are not at all familiar with Orlando and have never been to an airport. We have heard that MCO Airport is a crazy one. Does anyone have any advice to make it easier for my parents to find me and get around the area? Since I've never flown before, I'm not much help and I'm nervous enough about my end let alone finding them once I land!

    Something positive--they're taking me to Rainbow's End in Dunedin while I'm there

    Hope someone is able to help, thanks.
    Heather

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    I don't know about Orlando airport. However, what we do is agree to meet at the baggage claim carousel for the incoming flight. You will have the number of the baggage claim carousel for your flight on your ticket, and will likely just follow other passengers on their way to that carousel. This is typically on the lower level of the airport with lots of overhead signs saying "Baggage Claim". Your family can park (they need to write down information about where they park their car -- usually color-coded plus parking level info) and make their way to the lower level. They can then start at one end and walk along the corridor looking for your flight number on the signs above the baggage claim carousels. When they find it, there will be a place for them to sit and wait.

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    Most airports are set up with designated and well marked 'arrivals' and 'departures' sections. Tell your folks to just follow the large overhead signs for arrivals. They will likely end up near the baggage claim area that Prism99 suggests. Unless you all agree that they are meeting you at your arrival GATE (the area in the airport where you get off the plane), there should be no need for them to even park! In addition to the arrival/departure signs, there are generally large signs with specific airlines noted so you can 'pull off' to those specific airline baggage areas. They can truly just pull up outside your airline's baggage claim area.

    All that said, sometimes if it's a really busy airport the picking up folks might get prodded along if they are hanging out near the baggage area for an extended period. Then they can just do a loop around the airport following the same signs. At Phila. airport - obviously a busy one - has a 'cell phone waiting lot'. I'm sure most major airports have the same situation these days. Those folks doing the pick ups wait in that lot until the arriving person gets off the plane and is headed to baggage claim. By the time those folks have left that lot, the arriving passenger has likely gotten their luggage and is ready to be picked up by the time the drivers get from the lot to the baggage area.

    Enjoy your trip and the time with your folks. You'll have a great time. Just follow the herd.

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    I live in the Orlando area and have flown in/out of the airport many times. My suggestion is for your parents to go slow and follow the overhead signs. There is a cell phone lot where they could wait until you have collected your luggage, then you could call and they can circle the arrival lane to pick you up curbside. Outside there are signs for the airline with a number. You can let them know where you are waiting. This would eliminate them having to pay for parking and fighting to find a space in the garage. Enjoy Rainbow's End--great shop with lots of variety.

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    Explore this site for the airport and look for parking information, terminal maps, arrival/departure maps, baggage claim areas. http://www.orlandoairports.net/

    Have them check your flight's arrival times on their smart phone, if they have one, about an hour before they are due to pick you up. If they print out the airport's maps they will feel better able to navigate the area. Maybe they can even make a trial run if they have maps.

    Enjoy your visit!

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    I haven't checked Jan's link, just wanted to list this one.

    www.flightview.com

    My husband's traveled for his career for the last 19 years and this is the website I use to monitor his flights. It's very accurate.

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    When I fly into a large town for anyone I take a cab to a designated meeting place out of the airport terminal. Makes it so much easier for those picking me up. Might be an idea for you if your parents don't care for the crowded airport traffic.
    Have a great day sewing and remember to "not sweat the small stuff"!!



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    Quote Originally Posted by susanlh View Post
    I live in the Orlando area and have flown in/out of the airport many times. My suggestion is for your parents to go slow and follow the overhead signs. There is a cell phone lot where they could wait until you have collected your luggage, then you could call and they can circle the arrival lane to pick you up curbside. Outside there are signs for the airline with a number. You can let them know where you are waiting. This would eliminate them having to pay for parking and fighting to find a space in the garage. Enjoy Rainbow's End--great shop with lots of variety.
    This is what we do and it works perfectly...love the cell phone lots.

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    May be much easier on them. Who needs stress? You could meet at a place just down the road from the airport. Maybe restaurant to eat or relax with a cup of coffee/tea?
    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid View Post
    When I fly into a large town for anyone I take a cab to a designated meeting place out of the airport terminal. Makes it so much easier for those picking me up. Might be an idea for you if your parents don't care for the crowded airport traffic.

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    Orlando airport is a busy airport. At any airport I try to always use the cell phone lot. The person picking up can wait there until the passenger calls and then be picked up curbside. No charge for waiting in the cell phone lots. The cab is also a good idea. I had never thought of that. There will be easy access to cabs by following the signs or asking.

    You will enjoy Rainbow's End. There is also a nice cafe to eat near there but I can't remember the name of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid View Post
    When I fly into a large town for anyone I take a cab to a designated meeting place out of the airport terminal. Makes it so much easier for those picking me up. Might be an idea for you if your parents don't care for the crowded airport traffic.
    What a lovely, thoughtful idea!! Thank you for sharing it.

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    also, make sure they have their cellphones on and you have yours, that we you can keep in constant touch

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    Love Rainbow's End! My DH and I are going back to Clearwater next month, but no time to go up to Dunedin.

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    the Orlando airport is very big and can sometimes be confusing. Tell your parents to make sure that they remember which side of the airport they park in...A or B sides. Both sides are identical and can cause someone to get easily confused. Funny story that my husband forgot what side he was in and called me to tell me that our car had been stolen. I calmly told him to go back into the airport and go out the other side.
    My daughter lives in Dunedin and is just a couple of blocks away from the Rainbow's End. Make plans to be there a couple of hours and make sure to take time out to go into their little town and have lunch.
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    The biggest surprise I had at MCO is the need for toll money pretty quickly as you exit the airport. Caught me by surprise and I was traveling alone. Have your change ready.

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    I agree that if they have not driven to any airport before MCO might not be the one to start with. You might be better off taking a cab to meet them somewhere close. Not only is the airport busy but the toll roads that the airport is located on and the adjacent roads are pretty hectic at most times as well. If you need some suggestions on where to meet them, let me know. Several of us are quite familiar with this area and can recommend a less traveled location close to the airport for you to meet. Having said that, my 20 year old daughter has picked us up there a few times and she was not familiar with the area at all. If they are comfortable with a GPS, it will help as long as they don't get panicked in unfamiliar driving situations.

    I am going to Rainbow's End TODAY!!! Love it!! There are a couple of other really good fabric shops in the Orlando/Tampa area that you might not want to pass up if you have time. Let us know if you are interested in others.

    Enjoy your trip and your parents.
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    Airports are well marked. Your parents cannot meet you at the gate. Make arrangements to meet in baggage claim. As long as your parents know your carrier and flight number they can find the carousel where you will be picking up your baggage. As for you, just follow the crowd when you get off the plane down to baggage claim.

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    If you meet in baggage claim, then you have to park, another hassle. I have done extensive traveling and find it best for them to wait in the cell lot, and you call them when you are ready with the outside location where you will meet. Remember, everyone else will be outside waiting for their ride. Sometimes we walk to another door where it isn't so congested.

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    I fly into Florida every couple of weeks. My driver waits in the cell phone lot. Once I have my suitcases in hand, I call her and she meets me right outside of the baggage area. It's very simple as long as you both have cell phones. I also usually wear a brightly colored scarf so she can easily see me!! Don't worry, it's easier than you think!

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    Another great shop in the area is happy apple in Palm harbor
    Have a great trip
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    My husband and I travel a lot. I agree with the others who recommend the cell phone lot idea. The parking lots/garages at airports are sometimes very confusing and difficult to maneuver. Waiting in the cell phone lot is much less stressful and efficient. The cab idea is also a great one. Never thought of doing that. Thoughts for you are to just stay relaxed and read the signs. They will direct you to the baggage claim area. There are usually monitors that tell you what carousel your luggage will be on. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you are unsure. Airport workers as a rule are very helpful. Good luck and have a wonderful time.

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    Thank you so much for all the advice. Jan in VA, the terminal maps for MCO should be especially helpful. The cell phone lot sounds like it should work hopefully. My parents are deciding between that and having a shuttle service pick me and meet them somewhere. So Jan in Fl, I may be asking you for additional advice! And thanks for the heads up on the Palm Harbor quilt shop. I don't think we're doing to be spending much time in Orlando or Tampa. We're hoping to visit St Augustine and Naples though for overnight trips. So I'll be checking shops in those areas. I'm only bringing a carry-on for luggage so may have to ship things home or have my parents bring them back with them

    Again, thanks for all the help and support. So far I'm not super nervous about flying even though it's first time but I know I will be as the date grows closer. This board is a wonderful supportive network.
    Heather

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    I fly into Orlando and even have my dog. It really isn't that bad, and if you have them wait for you at the baggage area, it is even easier

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    The members here all gave good advice. My first flight was cross country and with a plane change, don`t worry you can ask any one, we find travelers are great helpers. Then too venders are good when you ask. And there are carts going all the time, just ask the driver if he will take you where you need to go. It`s all a lot of fun!!

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