The USO has a Wonderful location in Orlando International Airport!
Years ago the Orlando airport had a USO, but it closed due to a lack of donations brought on by the closing of the Orlando Naval Training Center in the mid-1990s.
It had been years since military members and their families visiting or traveling through Orlando have been able to enjoy this free service.
But a couple years ago the USO re opened at MCO Bigger and Better tThank Ever!
The USO welcome center is on the ground transportation level on the A-Side of the Terminal.
This location is both outside of the security checkpoint and on the opposite side of the terminal from Disney’s Magical Express, which is on the B-Side
And with this huge growth of the tourist industry in Orlando it was well past time of a new, shiny, comfortable center for the military to relax.
“A lot of it is driven by the fact that 750,000 people visit the Shades of Green facility a year,” said Charles Rogers, chairman of the board of directors of USO Central Florida.
Rogers also said that military organizations have informed him that about 700,000 military retirees, active-duty members and veterans also live in Central Florida.
The welcome center features a gaming center, a quiet room, and a play room for kids. Some of these sections were sponsored and donated by Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando.
The play room donated by SeaWorld features painted walls of coral reefs and fish.
Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin also donated to help cover the starting costs of close to $1 million.
All the food is free, and the center features a 14-seat granite counter table, accompanied with fridges full of microwavable meals, snacks and soda.
At 3,100 square feet, the center is “not the largest, but is certainly one of the large ones,” said Rogers, who said that most airport welcome centers are between 750 and 1,500 square feet.
So stop by The USO on your Disney vacation! The USO is a great place to relax and grab a quick snack when the Disney Magical Express drops you off 2 and a half hours prior to your flight.
USO airport locations work on a space available basis. Current military (Active, Guard, Reserve, Retired) have priority. Then Retired Military and last veterans. If a location is at or near capacity the later categories will be restricted. Guests are also admitted on a space available basis.
Food & Beverages
- Coffee & Tea
Multimedia & Gaming
- DVD & Blu-ray Player
- TV & Cable
- Xbox One
- Computers & Laptops
- Desks & Work Areas
Rest & Relaxation
- Children’s Play Area
- Sleeping & Quiet Area
Travel Services & Gifts
- Flight Time Boards
- Local Information
- Lost & Found
- Luggage Storage
- Transportation Information
Operating hours: 6a.m. to 8p.m. Daily
Phone: (407) 825-8761
Have you stopped by the Orlando USO or do you plan to? Let us know in the comments below and perhaps leave a thank you message to the great people at the USO!
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