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Old 7 Dec 17, 05:30 PM  
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We flew into Tampa in 2015, and was less than an hour from landing to sitting in our hire car. We got back last week and flew into MCO, never again. My DS8 gets airsick, so after being ill on the plane, we get to immigration and directed to the automated kiosks, didn't get a printout for DS8 and DS10, as they had just under 6 months on their passport, after that you go through to another queue, it took us about an hour to get through, before we even got to baggage reclaim, it felt like there was no air conditioning, it was so warm, so my DS8 was still being ill, luckily we took some spare bags from the plane. Flying home we queued for nearly 45 mins just to get through passport control. I would pay extra to fly into Tampa, I have told DH that we are never flying into MCO again, as it is always the same.
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OK, I am a frequent BA flyer and normally fly into MCO 2-3 times a year, on 1st November we flew into Tampa and it was horrendous. Immigration took nearly 2 hours, there was only 2 desks open, we had all gone through the new automated machines, had our finger prints and photos checked but then had to queue up at the desks to do the same thing again, by the time we got through all our luggage had been unloaded and stacked against the wall and conveyor belt stopped, as the luggage was stacked against the wall it was difficult to find our cases until a family decided to climb over the cases and throw/pass cases to the front. It was beyond a joke and the worst experience we have had flying to USA in nearly 30 years.
we also flew into Tampa in October and found the immigration a night mare only our plane in,after collecting our bags which you could see going around and around the carousel,but after that it was a breeze,also on the return,they were building a new Duty free store much cheaper than Gatwick,added bonus there's a smokers area at the gate
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Best international airport in Florida that Ive used by a long way.

Such a breeze. Immigration is so much better here than MCO. Although as the previous poster experience proves, there is always a chance of an exception
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We flew into Tampa this August, we were or our plane , through immigration , collected luggage, got the car in 25 mins, 60 minute drive to our villa in Kissimmee . This took less time than going through immigration in MCO the previous year!
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We really like Tampa airport, we've used it a couple of times and wouldn't hesitate to use it again
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We flew into Tampa this August, we were or our plane , through immigration , collected luggage, got the car in 25 mins, 60 minute drive to our villa in Kissimmee . This took less time than going through immigration in MCO the previous year!
It's coming up 1 hour 30 when I put it in on google maps?
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It's coming up 1 hour 30 when I put it in on google maps?
70 miles is entirely credible if driving at 70mph.

Actual journey length depends on where you choose on google as the precise destination. 1hr 15m is more likely, depending on favourable traffic, steady driving speed and going to the western area of Kissimmee.

(The area generally referred to as Kissimmee - effectively the villa communities south of the 192 - ranges east from Hw27 across to downtown Kissimmee and beyond.

If you ever watch A Place in the Sun or other re-location tv shows, you'd see they even refer to Championsgate and Davenport as "the Kissimmee area"
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Ill add to the uniform feedback. I loved flying out of Tampa, would do it again any day.
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Originally Posted by Persnicketty View Post
70 miles is entirely credible if driving at 70mph.

Actual journey length depends on where you choose on google as the precise destination. 1hr 15m is more likely, depending on favourable traffic, steady driving speed and going to the western area of Kissimmee.

(The area generally referred to as Kissimmee - effectively the villa communities south of the 192 - ranges east from Hw27 across to downtown Kissimmee and beyond.

If you ever watch A Place in the Sun or other re-location tv shows, you'd see they even refer to Championsgate and Davenport as "the Kissimmee area"
Thank you. We will be travelling to Emerald Island
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