Virgin Atlantic - Downtown Disney Checkin
The checkin facility for Virgin Atlantic flights from Orlando International Airport is now open for business again!
For those of you that have not heard of this facility before, it enables you to check in for your Virgin Atlantic flight to the UK, drop off your hold luggage and get your boarding cards, without having to go to Orlando International Airport.
Virgin's Downtown Disney Checkin
The checkin facility is open from 8am to 1pm local time and is situated just outside the Cirque Du Soleil building at Downtown Disney. Look for several trucks parked just outside the building (they use these to transport the suitcases to the airport) with a canopied area with a long desk underneath.
We used this facility for the first time yesterday prior to catching our flight back to Manchester. There were no queues at all and the staff were very helpful and efficient. We dropped the baggage off by the desk and then managed to park in the parking lot just over the road from the checkin desks as the parking lot is very quiet at that time of the morning. Within minutes we were all set and had the rest of the day to ourselves before having to turn up at Orlando International an hour before the flight. Great opportunity for some last minute shopping or a last meal before going home!
The only thing you have to watch for is you still have to return your car hire at the airport by the allotted time otherwise you may incur late return penalties. As we picked the car up at 4pm when we arrived in Florida, we had until that time to return it to the airport which fitted in perfectly with our plans.
The only downside we could find is that our cases were the very last ones off the flight when we arrived at Manchester but maybe we were just unlucky. Overall I would definitely recommend it over standing in long queues at the airport.
There is a charge of $10 per passenger for use of this facility at this time. We would advise you check with Virgin Atlantic that the facility is open and what the current charges are before you decide to use it.