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Ask The Disney Experts Discuss Magical Express... airlines? in the Ask The Experts forums; All that I posted above was about when you ARRIVE at Orlando. It works differently when you leave Orlando. When you leave Disney, whether or not you get your luggage ...
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    More DME info

    All that I posted above was about when you ARRIVE at Orlando.

    It works differently when you leave Orlando.

    When you leave Disney, whether or not you get your luggage automatically handled depends on the airline you're flying.

    When you leave your resort to go home, people flying a "participating airline" can use a service called Resort Airline Check-in (RAC), which is separate from DME. People who can use RAC can bring their luggage to their resort's RAC desk and check that luggage in just as if they were checking it in at the airport. They will not see that luggage again (and won't have access to it) until they see it on their home airport's baggage claim carousel. Those people can also check in for their flight and receive their boarding passes. RAC desks are open from 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. People can check in no sooner than 12 hours before their flight, but no later than 3 hours before their flight. Those are TSA regulations, not Disney rules.

    People who use RAC can use the DME bus back to the airport, but they don't have to. This is different than when people ARRIVE at Orlando -- on arrival, Disney says they won't deliver your luggage to your resort unless you also ride the bus.

    If you are NOT flying a participating airline, you can't check in your luggage and have it be handled for you. You get your own luggage to the DME bus. The driver will load it under the bus for you, and then unload it for you when you get to the airport. You then proceed to your airline's ticket counter, or find a skycap who can help you.

    The day before your departure, you will have a DME packet left for you, hanging from your resort room door. In there will be your DME bus pick-up time. It is usually scheduled to be about 2.75-to-3 hours before your flight time. The DME buses don't wait around for people, so be sure to be there early. If you had your luggage stored for you by the resort's Bell Services, retrieve it from them super-early, because they sometimes get very backed up, and it would really stink to miss your bus because you still don't have your bags out of storage.

    Also, keep in mind that it is appropriate to tip the bus driver if he handles your luggage.

    Please post back if there's anything else you need to know about DME.
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    wow, thanks. I think that pretty much covered everything, thanks a bunch!
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    This is all very interesting info. My family and I are going to WDW in July, staying at the Boardwalk Inn We were told by some that Disney Express is time consuming and that they loose luggage - the buses, because they stop at all the Disney hotels are not time efficient - signing up for a private limo service is better???? Also, we (5 of us) are coming from Philly, my daughter from Nashville (if flights are on time we get in 20 minutes apart). Didn't know if this would mess things up. What's the consensus from all of you Disney experts?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Coby'smama View Post
    This is all very interesting info. My family and I are going to WDW in July, staying at the Boardwalk Inn We were told by some that Disney Express is time consuming and that they loose luggage - the buses, because they stop at all the Disney hotels are not time efficient - signing up for a private limo service is better???? Also, we (5 of us) are coming from Philly, my daughter from Nashville (if flights are on time we get in 20 minutes apart). Didn't know if this would mess things up. What's the consensus from all of you Disney experts?
    Unfortunately, you were badly misinformed, most likely by people who've never used DME, or by people (like car service owners) who have a financial stake in seeing people NOT use DME.

    Let me give you some of the facts ....

    DME is comparable in time to car services. The average time from landing to resort drop-off via DME is 70 minutes. That's VERY good timing. The key is that you skip baggage claim, and we all know that is hit or miss, sometimes can be just a few minutes and other times you can be standing there waiting for a half hour or more.

    The DME buses certainly DO NOT stop at all 22 Disney resorts -- that's just plain false, and also pretty ridiculous. Each bus can stop at no more than 4 resorts. Four is pretty rare, most do 2 or 3, and when possible they group them by geographic location (for instance, my most recent DME bus went from the airport to POFQ, POR, then Fort Wilderness, pretty much a straight line).

    The idea that they lose a lot of luggage is just plain bunk. DME started in May 2005 and was supposed to end in October 2006 (coinciding with the beginning and end of the Happiest Celebration on Earth). DME was so popular with guests and Disney suits alike that it's been extended through at least December 2011. If they lost a lot of luggage, it wouldn't be so popular.

    DME luggage tags have barcodes. These barcodes are scanned 5 separate times between airplane and the inside of your resort room. In addition, the luggage delivery trucks have GPS. Disney knows where your luggage is at all times. It's a very sophisticated, technology-savvy system.

    The fact that some people on your reservation are on different flights makes no difference whatsoever. Everyone can use DME, no problem.

    There were all the facts (in response to your questions), and here are som opinions ....

    You might still prefer a car service. A car service is private, and you get personalized service. DME is a bus ride shared with strangers. If private and personalized service is worth $120 or so to you, then you have that option. But if you want a quick and efficient ride to your resort AND you don't want to have to wait at baggage claim, then DME is a great option.

    In other words, don't pick a car service because you've heard lies about DME. Pick a car service because you are willing to pay for that different level of service. Pick DME because you want to save money but still want to get to your resort quickly.

    I reported the 70 minute average time. The two times I took DME, it was 63 minutes airplane to CBR, and 56 minutes airplane to POFQ. Can't beat that!

    If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to post again!
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    Thank you so much!!!! I can't see spending the extra money! When utilizing the DME, is there a common waiting area that we can meet up with my daughter before boarding the buses - assuming our flights are on time -it probably makes sense to meet at the airport. If not on time, we can just meet at the Boardwalk Inn.
    I am getting more and more excited! Probably making dinner reservations this week! Everyone wants to HoopDeeDoo!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Coby'smama View Post
    Thank you so much!!!! I can't see spending the extra money! When utilizing the DME, is there a common waiting area that we can meet up with my daughter before boarding the buses - assuming our flights are on time -it probably makes sense to meet at the airport. If not on time, we can just meet at the Boardwalk Inn.
    I am getting more and more excited! Probably making dinner reservations this week! Everyone wants to HoopDeeDoo!
    Yes, there's a large area with comfy, upholstered chairs directly across from the DME counter. It's there specifically for families to hang out at, as only one member per party is supposed to get into the DME counter line, anyway. My advice to you is just wait there and DON'T check in until you meet up with your daughter there. If you check in first, you'll then be escorted into a bus queue and then onto a bus, defeating the purpose of trying to wait for her. As long as you don't yet check in at the DME counter, you can wait as long as you care to wait.
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    Looks like Southwest will be on board for this in a few weeks from what I hear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Disney05 View Post
    Looks like Southwest will be on board for this in a few weeks from what I hear.
    This has been rumored for months.

    The info I'm hearing from someone in-the-know at the airport is that there is a substantial compatibility problem between Southwest's computer operating system/code and that of BAGS Inc., the subcontractor who operates Resort Airline Check-in, the service that allows you to check your bags in at your resort on your way OUT of Disney.

    If anything does happen, it will take months and months. For example, AirTran has been running a pilot (trial) program with Resort Airline Check-in for several months now, and it's still not in full swing yet -- it's still only available at several "test" resorts.

    Let's cross our fingers but not hold our breaths.
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    Thank you sooooo much for your detailed information CleveRocks! Time is going to be of the upmost importance for me on my next trip, and since I'll be staying on property, DME will be a great life saver.



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    I get to MCO using Southwest. I use the Magical Express when I go down. It doesn't really bother me to have to take my luggage with me when I leave the resort.
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