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Ground Control to Major Fun: MCO’s Terminal C Opens for Non-Flyers!

MCO’s new Terminal C

Get ready for a ‘plane’ enjoyable time at Orlando International Airport’s (MCO) newest terminal, without even taking off! Introducing the ‘Experience MCO Visitor Pass Program.’ This program allows approved guests, not flying on the same day, to access the post-security amenities in the newly constructed Terminal C.

Guests can explore shops, dine at restaurants, spot planes, and enjoy immersive art experiences. We particularly enjoyed the new Universal Orlando Resort two-level store (don’t miss the fire breathing dragon upstairs). Walt Disney World and SeaWorld also have stores in the new terminal in case you want to get started early or pick up any last minute souvenirs.

The Walt Disney World store at Terminal C offers a wide variety of souvenirs

Those looking for some Disney dining will find Cask & Larder, which is owned by the same people who own The Polite Pig at Disney Springs, Summer House, a new location of which is currently under construction at Disney Springs, and an outpost of Wine Bar George, which offers a wide selection of wines and small plates that guests who frequent the award-winning Disney Springs location will undoubtedly recognize and enjoy..

Wine Bar George outpost at Terminal C. Also offers prepackaged food-to-go

The Experience MCO Visitor Pass Program is designed to enable guests to spend quality time with friends and family or shop and dine at the airport. It also provides an opportunity to see off family members from the gate, a practice nostalgically remembered by many.

Just be aware that international travel, especially those who are required to go through customs when arriving at MCO, may have certain restrictions that won’t allow you to great guests at the gate.

Also, note these important time restrictions. Entry is permitted only between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., and guests must exit Terminal C by 8:00 p.m. Also, entrance to the TSA Checkpoint by Experience MCO Visitor Pass guests is not allowed outside the approved timeframe.

A quick service option is available on floor 1, but full dining and a bar is the Summer House experience at MCO

You can exit and re-enter the passenger terminal during the registered day and program operating hours. However, if you leave the post-security area, you must re-enter through the TSA Security Checkpoint. This may cause delays due to the priority given to screening ticketed passengers. Additionally, operating times may vary, and not all amenities may be available during your visit.

How it the Experience MCO Visitor Pass Works

To access the post-security area of Terminal C, non-ticketed guests must follow these steps:

Step 1: Apply Online
Apply on the day of your visit or up to seven days in advance at . Pass availability is limited, and if a specific date is not available on the online form, it means visitor availability has reached capacity. Provide your date of birth, gender, and full legal name as it appears on your TSA-approved photo ID (e.g., passport or driver’s license). A confirmation email will be sent once your request is received.

Step 2: Get TSA’s Approval
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will review your request. If you apply in advance, you will receive an email with your approval status after midnight on the day of your approved visit. For same-day entrance applications, you will receive an email with your status within 15 minutes.

Important FAQs

Before you head out to Terminal C, make sure you follow these important tips

  • Physical copies of the Experience MCO Visitor Pass will not be accepted. It has to be the pass sent to your email.
  • Visitors must adhere to the same security regulations as ticketed passengers, including TSA screening procedures, prohibited items, and the 3-1-1 Liquids Rule.
  • Expedited screening and trusted traveler programs, such as TSA PreCheck, CLEAR, or MCO Reserve, are not applicable with the Experience MCO Visitor Pass.
  • Carry-on luggage is not permitted. Visitors are allowed one personal item (e.g., laptop bag or purse) and must undergo the same TSA screening and inspection procedures as ticketed passengers.
  • The Experience MCO Visitor Passes are limited and subject to TSA approval. They are granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The Experience MCO Visitor Pass is non-transferable and only valid on the date of issuance, during the approved timeframe until 8:00 p.m., and exclusively in Terminal C of Orlando International Airport.

For more frequently asked questions, visit the link at the top of the Experience MCO registration page.

We really enjoyed our preview of the Experience MCO Visitor Pass Program. It offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the amenities of Orlando International Airport’s Terminal C, even if you are not flying. If an opportunity to use the pass is open to you, we recommend you plan your visit carefully and adhere to the program’s guidelines. There’s plenty of fun to be had, even without leaving the ground.

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