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kid-at-heart
03-20-2010, 01:13 PM
For our last two WDW visits we have used Disney's Magical Express for transportation to and from the hotel. I love :lovestruc not having to deal with my luggage or reserving a car/shuttle. I also appreciate the money it saves. It has made our travel so much easier that now when we discuss going somewhere different I include ME among the reasons we should choose Disney over other vacation areas. I am so glad that DVC members are not denied this Disney perk.

supersuperwendy
03-20-2010, 10:58 PM
I love DME too! I remember years ago when we used to have to pay Mears to take us to WDW!

princessbride6205
03-20-2010, 11:45 PM
Am I the only one who has horrible ME luck? 2 weeks ago I waited 45 minutes just to get on a bus at the airport. On the return to the airport, it's definitely earlier than I'd choose, but even so, I enjoy the perk in that direction.
I love the airport pick-up in theory, but I just don't know if I can do it again with a toddler! Do love the money savings, though!

pickles
03-20-2010, 11:50 PM
I simply rarely notice how long it takes me to get on the ME bus. I dont think i have ever waited 45 minutes, but no matter what it has been it wasnt enough to deter me from using it. Its free, its easy..who am i to complain?

I just about love watching the silly tv infomercial they play. Its like part of the experience now

monkeyknuckler
03-21-2010, 01:07 AM
Been going since 2002 and use ME. In the 8 trips or so, we've never set foot outside of the airport and DW. I hear that the outside world is a scary place. ;)

kid-at-heart
03-21-2010, 07:32 AM
Been going since 2002 and use ME. In the 8 trips or so, we've never set foot outside of the airport and DW. I hear that the outside world is a scary place. ;)

:rotfl:

Anal Annie
03-21-2010, 08:51 AM
Am I the only one who has horrible ME luck? 2 weeks ago I waited 45 minutes just to get on a bus at the airport. On the return to the airport, it's definitely earlier than I'd choose, but even so, I enjoy the perk in that direction.
I love the airport pick-up in theory, but I just don't know if I can do it again with a toddler! Do love the money savings, though!

We (almost) always use DME and I just anticipate a 45 - 60 min. wait between the line to get on the bus & then sitting on the bus waiting for more pax. The one exception to this was when we were doing a DCL after a few days at the World so we used a car service to pick us up at MCO then take us to the port a few days later. Thought according to all reports of people claiming how much faster it would be that it would be SOOO much faster. HA!:rotfl: We waited in baggage claim for 45 minutes for our bags to come out!! I felt bad for our driver who was waiting for us when we got there - so he had to wait as well. So no time savings for us!! :sad2: So unless we need the grocery / beer stop (which we don't 'cuz we've discovered Garden Grocer) we'll stick to saving our money & use DME. :thumbsup2

I do already miss the fact that they've changed the latest flight arrival to 10:00 to participate in the luggage delivery...our flight next Fri. is scheduled to land at 10:25 so if we check a bag we have to go down & claim it before we can head to the bus area.:sad2: I was always FINE with just packing our MUST HAVES in our carry-ons & getting the other bags delivered in the morning. So now not only do we LAND late but we have to waste even more time in baggage claim before we can head home.

omalley1118
03-21-2010, 09:23 AM
Me too!!!!!:cheer2:

cogero
03-21-2010, 10:14 AM
We love DME. I hate to drive on vacation as does DH. We love the cheesy video too.

LIFERBABE
03-21-2010, 05:11 PM
Love it too!!

Those toll lanes always throw me off!! I hate driving on vacation so ME is perfect.

We gave up our seats last week for free vouchers and I had already checked our bags. No worries with ME because our bags were tagged to AKV and not sit at the airport all day:thumbsup2

We checked in at 11pm and our bags were already in our studio:thumbsup2

anna08
03-21-2010, 05:50 PM
We are also fans of ME! We love not having to lug 2 carseats on vacation and with rare exceptions find it worth the extra time. It definitely makes it easier to choose Disney over some other vacations. We already have so much to carry (and often the 2yo) that we love not having to worry about the suitcases.

bub
03-22-2010, 01:39 PM
Just used ME for the first time last week. Arrived around 9 p.m. on a Wednesday evening, and we felt like royalty. There were multiple employees at the ME desk but no other customers, so we were assisted immediately and waved right onto the bus. Almost as soon as we sat down, the bus left for the World. After two quick stops at other resorts, we were home (BWV this trip). I thought to myself, "wow, this actually is magical."

I thought we would hate not having a car, but it was actually more relaxing in many ways. Our return to the airport went smoothly as well.

Donna M
03-22-2010, 01:56 PM
From what pp have said some never leave WDW-just what Disney wanted when they offered free ME. Now you are going to spend all your money with them since you can't get to that off property restaurant anymore!

We usually rent a car for the convienence. Last time we needed to use ME for the trip back to MCO and had to stop at two resorts. We decided we like the rental better eventhough it does cost a pretty penny sometimes.

toniosmom
03-22-2010, 02:09 PM
Has anyone ever used ME and rent a car? I love the convenience of ME, especially when it comes to the luggage, but on our last trip, we were at AKV and would have appreciated having a car there.

Are there any car rental places that will drop off and pick up the car at the resort for you? I know we have rental places in NJ that will pick YOU up, bring you to their place, and then you drive yourself "home". Not sure what's available in the WDW area.

dopeygirl76
03-22-2010, 03:41 PM
We enjoyed the ME service but when we had our second DD she was much more non-compliant that her big sister so the ME became a nightmare and on a much bigger level the buses to and from the parks. So we began renting. We love having the rental and will do it again at further out resorts. We will be going old school for our upcoming family trip ME and Disney buses the whole week - we'll see if I survive!!!:rotfl2:

cj9200
03-22-2010, 04:05 PM
Normally I drive but have done ME a couple of times. Much better than before when I had to wait on Mears to take me. Can’t beat the price and I have only had to wait a short time before I am on my way.

FindTheMickeys
03-22-2010, 06:46 PM
Has anyone ever used ME and rent a car? I love the convenience of ME, especially when it comes to the luggage, but on our last trip, we were at AKV and would have appreciated having a car there.

Are there any car rental places that will drop off and pick up the car at the resort for you? I know we have rental places in NJ that will pick YOU up, bring you to their place, and then you drive yourself "home". Not sure what's available in the WDW area.

Yes, we use both. We fly into MCO, pick up ME to SSR. Then, from the room, we call Alamo and tell them which resort to pick us up from. The shuttle then takes us to the Car Care Center at the entrance to the MK and we drive 'home' in our rental. No one that I am aware of drops cars at any resorts. We simply do this to enable us to do our own grocery shopping as well as some off-property souvenier shopping.:cloud9: We usually only keep the car for a day. Then we'll let Disney do the driving the rest of the week:thumbsup2 Take the car back to the Car Care Center and the shuttle takes us right back to our resort...:dance3:

londonderrydisneyfan
03-23-2010, 05:57 AM
Yes, we use both. We fly into MCO, pick up ME to SSR. Then, from the room, we call Alamo and tell them which resort to pick us up from. The shuttle then takes us to the Car Care Center at the entrance to the MK and we drive 'home' in our rental. No one that I am aware of drops cars at any resorts. We simply do this to enable us to do our own grocery shopping as well as some off-property souvenier shopping.:cloud9: We usually only keep the car for a day. Then we'll let Disney do the driving the rest of the week:thumbsup2 Take the car back to the Car Care Center and the shuttle takes us right back to our resort...:dance3:

We do something similar, but we usually keep the car for a week and because we've been staying at either BCV or BWV we just drop the car off at the Swan. It's very convenient.

christa112
03-23-2010, 09:55 AM
We have only ever used the DME. I love the fact that my luggage magically appears in our room and I don't have to lift. :thumbsup2

dizney4us
03-23-2010, 10:54 AM
We love DME! Does anyone know if it will continue past 2011? When it first started I had read that they signed something with MCO till January of 2011. I hope they will continue to provide this wonderful benefit past that date. Anyone know for certain?:confused3

kid-at-heart
03-23-2010, 12:36 PM
We love DME! Does anyone know if it will continue past 2011? When it first started I had read that they signed something with MCO till January of 2011. I hope they will continue to provide this wonderful benefit past that date. Anyone know for certain?:confused3

Oh my, I certainly hope they continue it. It has certainly made our vacation less stressful. Now if Disney would figure out a way to pack my suitcases... :lmao:

Twinprincesses
03-23-2010, 01:10 PM
We had a really bad ME experience, we had to wait around 45 minutes to get on the bus, then another 30 minutes on the bus waiting for more people then our hotel was the last stop. Our luggage also did not show up until after midnight. It was the only time we used it but we are going to give it another shot this year hoping we just had a bad experience.

lanand3
03-23-2010, 04:16 PM
2 trips so far and both times we were able to board the bus within minutes and only waited did not wait on the bus for long.With 3 excited little kids I would have noticed a wait of longer than a few minutes:) We will use ME again this upcoming trip.Very convenient.I would like to visit Seaworld/Universal one of these days but I can't bring myself to pay for the transportation yet when Disney picks us up from the airport and brings us to all the parks! If they ever discontinue this benefit then that will be my cue to finally venture outside of the world:laughing:

TandyR
03-23-2010, 06:42 PM
Yes, we use both. We fly into MCO, pick up ME to SSR. Then, from the room, we call Alamo and tell them which resort to pick us up from. The shuttle then takes us to the Car Care Center at the entrance to the MK and we drive 'home' in our rental. No one that I am aware of drops cars at any resorts. We simply do this to enable us to do our own grocery shopping as well as some off-property souvenier shopping.:cloud9: We usually only keep the car for a day. Then we'll let Disney do the driving the rest of the week:thumbsup2 Take the car back to the Car Care Center and the shuttle takes us right back to our resort...:dance3:

When you do this do you reserve your car in advance? If you do it in advance do you need do something special with your reservation so they will know you will be needing a ride? Our next trip we are planning on using ME for the first time and renting a car for grocery shopping, off-property souvenir shopping and visiting Mary Queen of the Universe, so I have been trying to figure this out.

Disney93
04-18-2010, 07:09 AM
This trip we are doing both. 7 members of our party will ride DME and 3 will get rental cars. Then we will return them to the Swan the night before we leave, we are staying at BWV. We found that we got a far better rental rate picking the cars up at MCO, almost half price for 10 days versus getting them from the Car Care Center. Also because DME express is taking most of our luggage, we were able to rent smaller vehicles that also saved a bunch of money. We will take 2 pieces of luggage in each car. That might also come in handy because we don't get into MCO until 9:30 pm, so that means we might not get our luggage until after midnight, or later. :cool1: :wave2:

KateB
04-18-2010, 07:12 PM
We love DME! Does anyone know if it will continue past 2011? When it first started I had read that they signed something with MCO till January of 2011. I hope they will continue to provide this wonderful benefit past that date. Anyone know for certain?:confused3

I really hope that Disney keeps the ME. We have NEVER driven in Orlando and don't really want to. We are taking my parents in January 2011 for their very first vacation and have already expressed my love for the ME. Yikes!

Anal Annie
04-18-2010, 07:27 PM
We have also come to rely on it as a bargain service & we depend on it. It's a real plus not to have to add in car rental or bus transfers. I believe they did have a 10 yr contract for the service so who knows if they will renew & keep it or revamp the system. It certainly gets used a lot though so I hope they renew the contract.

FindTheMickeys
04-18-2010, 08:23 PM
When you do this do you reserve your car in advance? If you do it in advance do you need do something special with your reservation so they will know you will be needing a ride? Our next trip we are planning on using ME for the first time and renting a car for grocery shopping, off-property souvenir shopping and visiting Mary Queen of the Universe, so I have been trying to figure this out.

No need to reserve in advance but I suppose you could if you wanted to. We've never had an issue getting a car without a pre-reservation... When you get to the resort, call Alamo from your room and arrange for the shuttle van to pick you up to go get the car...

margitmouse
04-27-2010, 11:38 AM
When you do this do you reserve your car in advance? If you do it in advance do you need do something special with your reservation so they will know you will be needing a ride? Our next trip we are planning on using ME for the first time and renting a car for grocery shopping, off-property souvenir shopping and visiting Mary Queen of the Universe, so I have been trying to figure this out.

we are doing this this weekend, renting for one overnight, to do grocery shopping and so we can p/u DD and DDBF first thing Sunday morning and do some shopping on the way back to the resort, got a cheep cheep rate as an Emerald club member... just happened to hit a discount offered online. Be sure to check both National and Alamo's sites, and mousesavers for discount codes.

Really happy to only have to pay for one night... but going to miss the flexibility of having the car.

PS. If you rent online, and sign up to return the car earlier than you picked it up ( less than a 24 hour rental) the price is LESS!;)

corpcomp
04-27-2010, 04:53 PM
Love ME but my biggest mistake on this last trip was not checking the flight departure time. The plane was delayed a hour and with catching a 9:10am ME departure, we could have used the extra time for packing or grabbing a snack at Market Place at BCV

aan1701
04-27-2010, 05:07 PM
I was reading this and just wanted to chime in really quickly. First, I could have sworn I read on Mouseplanet that the DME will be around at least till 2014 now, I could be wrong, but I swear I read something on Mouseplanet about going past 2011. Second, the reason why their is now a 10:00 PM cut off is, and this is straight from my friend who now just transfered to DCL but came from Bell services at AKL/AKV. People would complain when the bell man droped off lugage at like 3 in the morning. What the guests were never told was they could put a do not deliver bags until........ On the room so Bell services would not deliver till that time. So that is why.

heathers4um
04-28-2010, 12:10 PM
I have used DME a couple of times and thought it was a terrific thing! we may wait for a bit but its better than the aggravation of fighting lines at the car rental place and traffic! :)

I have a question I am hoping someone can answer - I want to take a 7 or 9 pm flight from Orlando to go back home so we could enjoy the parks or DTD the day we leave. Will DME still take us when check out was so much earlier?

DaveH
04-28-2010, 01:05 PM
DME is one of those things, depending on what your expectations are. The bottom line is you are getting a ride to your resort and luggage brought for you. We have used DME arriving at different times of day. First thing in the morning and later in the evening, less people use DME. The line for check in is short and you may wait on the bus for a bit or may not. During times when alot of folks arrive, there are longer lines checking in and may wait awhile to get onto the bus. We have even ended up on a regular Mears bus because of the volume. After long flights with little ones the stress level is already high. So delays and antsy kids do not do as well. Each person/group have to figure out what works best for them. Disney would rather have full busses so use less money. Then if you are the 3rd or 4th resort the wait and time feels forever. The price is free and they usually do a pretty good job. Not perfect but decent. I do believe Disney a couple of years ago did a new agreement with OIA.