Navigating Orlando: A DECA ICDC Transportation Guide

January 18, 2023

To help you navigate DECA's International Career Development Conference in Orlando, we've put together a complete transportation guide for getting to and around the conference. Check out the helpful information and discounts below.

Getting Around The Conference

Orange County Convention Center

Transportation will be provided from outlying hotel properties that are not within walking distance or accessible via pedestrian bridges. Consult the conference program or mobile app (released in March 2023) for the routes and schedule for each day.

DECA Night at Universal Studios Florida

Complimentary transportation for the evening included in price of ticket.

Theme Parks

Saturday, April 22 Only - $20 roundtrip to either Walt Disney’s Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) or Universal Orlando Resort. Purchase through DECA’s Attractions system.

 

Flight Discounts

Is your chapter flying to DECA ICDC? Check out these special deals and discounts for select airlines:

United

You may also call United Meeting Reservation Desk at 1-800-426-1122 on Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET or Saturday-Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET and refer to the discount code ZMWR470097. Booking fees are waived for meeting reservations. International customers may contact their local United Reservation Desk.

Delta

You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1-800-328-1111 on Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET and refer to Meeting Event Code NY27F. Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via the reservation 1-800 number.

Southwest

If you have a group of 10 or more, check out Southwest. You can also call Southwest Group Reservations at 1-800-433-5368 on Monday-Friday from 5:00 a.m. to Midnight CT.

 

Orlando International Airport (MCO)

After getting off a flight, follow the signs to "Ground Transportation" and "Baggage Claim” to exit.

Total Transportation Solutions

Transportation to and from the airport and hotel can be arranged for a fee through DECA’s recommended partner, Total Transportation Solutions, Inc. For more information and/or to reserve a vehicle, please submit this form to Melissa.

Shuttle Busses and Vans

Mears Connect is the only 24/7 shuttle transportation service to and from Orlando International Airport (MCO), DisneyWorld, Disney Springs and Universal Studios. Mears offers pick-ups on both the A and B sides in the ground transportation area. Visit mearsconnect.com for more information.

Other shuttle services include, but are not limited to: SuperShuttle and Orlando Shuttle and Courtesy Vehicles Service.

Taxis

Cabs are plentiful at Orlando International Airport and will take you wherever you want to go. The official cab stands are located on both the A and B sides of the airport on the ground transportation level. They range from cars to vans that hold up to nine passengers.

Rideshares

Reserve a ride with Uber or Lyft to and from Orlando International Airport (MCO). Request a ride up to 30 days before, at any time and on any day of the year. Rideshare services drop you off at the departure level, alongside regular passengers and taxis. Notify your driver of the airlines and preferably the terminal upon entering the airport premises.

LYNX Public Bus System

Orlando’s comprehensive public bus system can get visitors to Walt Disney World Resort, International Drive, and beyond. Rides between the airport and Universal Orlando Resort cost $2 per person; however, the trip may take at least an hour and 15 minutes.

Orlando International Airport is serviced by the following LYNX Bus Routes: Links 11, 42, 51, 111, 407 and 436S and are marked with a pink bus or paw print sign. Check their site for schedules and route maps.

 

Public Transportation throughout Orlando

I-Ride Trolley

I-Ride Trolley stops include six theme parks, more than 200 restaurants, over 485 shops and premium outlets, more than 30,000 hotel rooms and more! Prices range from $2/ride to a $5 day pass, with options for multi-day discounts. Visit iridetrolley.com for more information.

Buses

  • LYNX bus stops are marked with a pink bus or paw print sign and run ever 15, 30, or 60 minutes depending on the route. Check their site for schedules and route maps.
  • LYMMO, Orlando’s free downtown circulator bus service, offers service throughout the immediate downtown Orlando area. Check their site for schedules and route maps.

 

Rental Cars

Avis and Budget

Check out discounts for rental cars.

Remember these helpful tips:

  • Be sure to keep some cash on hand for toll roads.
  • Book vans or larger vehicles early before they become unavailable.

Directions from Orlando International Airport (MCO) to:

  • Walt Disney World — Take the south exit From Orlando International Airport to State Road 417. Take State Road 417 south to Osceola Parkway (Exit 3). Turn right on Osceola Parkway heading west to Walt Disney World.
  • International Drive/Convention Center/Universal Studios — Take the north exit from Orlando International Airport to State Road 528. Take State Road 528 west to Exit 1 (International Drive). Turn left on International Drive for Sea World. Turn right on International Drive for Convention Center/Universal Studios.

 

Walt Disney World Resort

Monorail

Disney's Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) is a hub for the Monorail’s three lines:

  • Magic Kingdom Express
  • Magic Kingdom Resort
  • EPCOT

Note: Guests looking to park-hop from Magic Kingdom to Epcot will use the Monorail, transferring to the Epcot line at TTC.

Water Taxi and Ferries

Ferryboats connect the TTC to Magic Kingdom, and are available across property via EPCOT, Hollywood Studios and DisneySprings to select resort hotels.

Buses

Almost anywhere you want to go at Walt Disney World Resort is conveniently accessible by buses, which run continuously. Complimentary and accessible transportation available from the TTC to Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney Springs,and resorts/restaurants.

Minnie Van

Available with Lyft, a Minnie Van provides private and accessible transportation across the property.

Walking Paths

Much of Walt Disney World Resort can be pedestrian accessible, including from the TTC to Magic Kingdom, by passing Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Skyliner

Glide across the sky in a state-of-the-art gondola system conveniently connecting Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at EPCOT.

 

Universal Orlando Resort

Shuttle Buses

Free shuttles pick up guests at designated bus stops at every single Universal Orlando hotel. Guests are shuttled from their hotel to the entrance of CityWalk, where you can walk to either theme park.

Walking Paths

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Aventura hotels offer a connecting walking path that takes you from one hotel to another or to CityWalk, Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure.

Questions?

Kylie Knudsen is DECA’s experience coordinator. In this role, she coordinates attraction experiences for DECA’s educational conferences, and assists with travel-related questions to ensure DECA members and advisors have the best experience possible. She assists DECA advisors who are placing orders for the official DECA attractions and coordinates the on-site distribution of the tickets.

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