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Orlando International Airport announced the brand-new Experience MCO Visitor Pass Program which allows non-ticketed visitors and guests access to the airside terminal gates and amenities at Terminal C.
Get ready to Experience MCO in a whole new way! The Experience MCO Visitor Pass Program allows the non-traveling public to experience the newest terminal at Orlando International Airport. This exclusive pass will allow approved guests to enjoy the amenities post-security in our brand new Terminal C.
Shop, dine, spend some more time with loved ones who are flying out, choose your own adventure – how you Experience MCO is up to you!
Airport employees are welcome to participate when they are not working.
- Employees are not eligible if you’ve forgotten or lost your badge, still employed at the airport but let your badge expire, or your badge was subject to suspension or revocation.
- During your visit, you’re strictly prohibited from using your badge to access areas of the airport not otherwise open to the general public.
- If you violate these terms, you may be subject to administrative fines, suspension, or revocation of your badge.
- Employees may not use employee security screening when participating in this program. All participants must use TSA Standard Screening.
Here is how it works:
Step 1: Apply Online
You can apply the day of your visit or up to seven days in advance.
Provide your date of birth, gender, and full legal name exactly as it appears on your TSA-approved photo ID (e.g., passport or driver’s license). You’ll receive a confirmation email verifying that your request has been received. If you cannot select a particular date on the online form, the visitor slots have reached capacity for that day.
Step 2: Get TSA’s Approval
Your request will be reviewed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
If you’re applying in advance: You’ll receive an email with your approval status after midnight on the day of your visit.
If you’re applying for same-day entrance: You’ll receive an email with your approval status within 15 minutes.
Step 3: Present your Experience MCO Visitor Pass
If approved for entry, you’ll receive your Experience MCO Visitor Pass attached to your approval e-mail. When entering the TSA Checkpoint, make sure to open the Experience MCO Visitor Pass attachment to provide to the TSA, along with your TSA-approved photo ID. Make sure to advise the TSA Officer that you have an Experience MCO Visitor Pass when presenting your photo ID.
Experience MCO Visitor Pass guests must enter the Terminal C TSA Checkpoint general screening line. Entry is restricted to only between the hours of 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. Experience MCO Visitor Pass guests are required to exit Terminal C by 8:00 p.m.
Program and Security Information
Printed Experience MCO Visitor Passes are not accepted. One more time for those in the back: printed passes are not accepted. Please be sure to have your pass accessible digitally.
Experience MCO guests are subject to the same security regulations as passengers boarding an aircraft and must comply with TSA’s screening procedures, including not bringing items prohibited by TSA and complying with the 3-1-1 Liquids Rules.
At this time, expedited screening and trusted traveler programs, such as the TSA PreCheck, CLEAR programs or the MCO Reserve program, cannot be used with the Experience MCO Visitor Pass.
The Experience MCO Visitor Pass availability is limited and granted on a first-come, first-served basis, with all access subject to TSA approval.
Participation in this program requires you depart the terminal by 8:00 p.m.
The Experience MCO Visitor Pass Program is a pilot program. In response to exigent circumstances or operational needs, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel the program, cancel approved Experience MCO Visitor Passes, or modify program rules at any time without prior notice.
I have breaking news from Orlando International Airport. Hi, I’m Richard, The Orlando Guy!
Orlando International Airport invited me to attend their End of Summer Celebration at the brand new Terminal C where travelers got the chance to sample many treats from the restaurants located at the terminal and enjoy Caribbean music as the Summer travel season came to a close for 2023.
I was able to attend the festivities located in the airside terminal gate areas because I was invited to be among the first to try the brand-new Experience MCO Visitor Pass Program.
This just announced pilot program allows visitors and guests without ticketed travel to pass through TSA screening checkpoints to accompany departing travelers to their gates, greet arriving passengers or if you are a travel buff, just hang out and experience all the dining and shopping that is unique to Terminal C – like the awesome Summer House restaurant which is a California-style beach house with amazing cocktails and cuisine; and, which, for now, is only available at Terminal C but coming soon to Disney Springs. Or shop at Disney, Universal Studios or SeaWorld shops which occasionally carries unique merchandise you can’t find at the theme parks.
Here’s how the program works:
Starting September 2023, you’ll be able to register for an Experience MCO Visitor Pass to enter through the TSA Terminal C Checkpoint on a specific Date and Time Window you select.
There is a limited number of passes available for each date and time window so book early once you know when you’ll need access.
Once your registration is approved by the TSA, you’ll receive your Experience MCO Visitor Pass via email which you can use to present to TSA agents on the day and date of your visit.
That’s it. You’re in!
Please note that this pilot program is only available for access to the Terminal C gate areas, future access to Terminals A and B are being considered after this pilot program has been reviewed.
Check the Orlando International Airport website at orlandoairports.net for the link to register for the Experience MCO Visitor Pass Program beginning September 2023.
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