I used to work the DC-10-10, DC-10-30, and 767-300 from MCO
for United. We'd usually park our DC-10s right around the corner from the NW
series 40s who were always sitting there. This was in the late 1990s until about 2001.
We never flew widebodies on transcons out of MCO
though, at least when I was at United (1998-2003). Usually it was one or two 757s to SFO
and then a mix of 757s and A320s on 3 trips a day to LAX
The DC-10-30 was a nightmare to work on those MCO
turns we'd do out of ORD
. The galleys were down in the lower-lobe. Back then we'd serve a hot meal in coach both ways. Tons of kids! We had those McDonald's promotional meals for kids, and we had to deal them out separately, finding all the passengers after they had all switched seats. We'd usually have to feed like 75 kids first. The config was 38 in the front and something like 258 in the back, and there was very little food prep space for us on the main deck. Plus the ground AC
was always awful, so the passengers were always hot and stressed out on the ground.