Whether you are an experienced airport sleeper or new to the game, this sleep guide will give you the essential information to better prepare you for sleeping in Orlando Airport.
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Sleeping in Orlando Airport Overnight
You are able to stay inside the Secure zones overnight. But, if you do leave the Secure areas while checkpoints are closed overnight, you’ll have to wait until they reopen in the early morning.
Locations & Seating
The seating here is decent. Both the pre-Secure areas and areas inside Security have a range of wooden benches, armchairs, and small couches. If you prefer the floor, you’ll be happy to know that much of it is carpeted. Still, a sleep mat, blanket, or sleeping bag will provide you with extra cushion for sleeping.
Here are good sleep spots that travellers have reported:
- The food court in the main terminal has some padded benches.
- The area around Gates 70-150 has a long padded bench for many people to rest on.
- For warmer temperature, leave the Departures level and head to the car rental level.
- In the pre-Security check-in areas, there are many nooks you can tuck into for some privacy.
Orlando Airport offers a designated rest zone where tired travellers can relax and enjoy some stress-free time before their flight. Head to the hotel atrium between Terminals A and B.
Temps are cold round the clock here, likely to make up for the hot Florida weather outside. Arrive prepared with a blanket or even a sleeping bag. A hoodie provides extra warmth if the terminal gets even colder.
At the time of this update, we have not received reports from travellers related to terminal brightness. Come prepared with eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.
Noise can be an issue day and night, with frequent announcements, music and news blaring, and ambient noise from other travellers. Plan ahead with earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones if you’re serious about getting some sleep.
Freshen up (and loosen those stiff muscles) with a shower before your flight. Shower facilities are available in both locations of the Club at MCO Lounge. See our Orlando Airport Guide for details and fees.
Food & Drink
When you get the midnight munchies or give up trying to sleep and need a coffee to stay awake, 24-hour food concessions are available. Check out these vendors: Dunkin’Express, McDonald’s and Starbucks, both located in the main terminal.
Prefer some privacy and comfort? If you would like a good solid sleep between flights without the stress of leaving the airport, head to the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport. This hotel, located pre-Security by the entrance to Gates 60-129, offers overnight stays and day rooms. You will have to exit the Secure zone to access this hotel. Other hotels are located within a short 5-minute drive of the airport, with free shuttle service available. See the hotel section in our Airport Guide for locations or visit Tripadvisor to find hotels deals at Orlando Airport.
If you are looking for a private place to nap for a few hours in between flights, check out the Club at MCO (2 locations). Lounge. In addition to offering a comfortable place to hang out, they have a designated rest zone. For more information, check out our Orlando Airport Guide.
Security & Safety
Airport staff seem to have no issue with sleeping travellers, even those staying overnight.
At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Orlando Airport. As a precaution, here are a few tips to ensure you have a safe airport sleeping experience:
- Know Where Security is Located. Whether you are sleeping in the airport by yourself or with friends, it is good to know where security is. Know where their office is located and look for video cameras in the spot you decide to stay the night. Ask security where it is safe to spend the night. They’ve probably seen many airport sleepers before you and they will direct you to a safe spot.
- Don’t Seclude Yourself. If you are travelling alone we recommend that you sleep near other travellers or close to security.
- Hide Your Valuables. Don’t leave all your mobile devices out in plain view. We have received reports from people who woke up with earphones and no ipod and a laptop bag strap and no laptop bag (or laptop). Same goes with important documents and money. Keep these secure on your body, so that no one can get them without waking you up.
- Secure Your Bags. If you are a deep sleeper, you may want to padlock your bag to something. If your bags have zippers turn the bag upside down (zippers to the floor) or sleep with your bag up against the wall, so that it would be hard for someone to access.
- Choose to Stay Alert. If you don’t feel safe, drink coffee and stay awake and be alert. You can always sleep on the plane!
Pro-tip: If you are sleeping in the public zone, don’t be surprised if you receive an early morning wake-up call. Security is known to make the rounds waking people up as travellers begin to arrive for morning flights.
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