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Dizneydaz
09-26-2005, 10:43 AM
Hi, we just got back and wanted to share this info I hadn't seen before (It's probably her somewhere-just didn't see it.)

On our morning of departure (Sat. the 24th) I went to our lobby-POFQ to check-in at the kiosk I saw in the lobby. I was expecting to only be able to get our boarding passes for our Delta flights but they actually will check your luggage and transport it to the airport. They even have a scale to weigh it. You won't see it again until your home airport. When I made our resort ressies the CM asked if we wanted Magical Express. Since we rented a van, and they said you had to accompany your luggage, we said no. Now I know you can have Disney transport it to the airport even without Magical Express (for your bodies)

Unfortunately, we weren't prepared for that, and the CM had already issued one pass before we decided to check our luggage. Since we only had 2 passes remaining we could only check 4 bags. We had 6 to check. Next time I will have Disney transport the luggage and prepare our carryons for any unseen problems (change of clothes, etc.) Also, since we barely made our flight, having the luggage taken care of would have been great.

Oh, and I noticed this was not available for Southwest-Sorry.

DaisyGirlAllTheWay
09-26-2005, 10:57 AM
Thank you for that! I am really looking forward to using ME, as I paid $50 roundtrip in a crowded mears van when staying offsite. I have only two options for air, and fortunately jetblue and delta are apart of the ME system. :Pinkbounc

Tiffany
09-26-2005, 11:03 AM
So you can use the airport check-in at the resort even if you do not use Magical Express to get to and from the airport to your resort?

Frantasmic
09-26-2005, 11:11 AM
This is kind of a dual question.

I know you can check in your luggage at the resort for selected airlines and they will take care of that for you.

We have a fairly late flight out the last day of our vacation and can get at least a half day in at the parks.

What time does the resort check in open?

Can you also still have the resort hold some luggage for you (i.e., carryon since you would check your main luggage) until you are done with the parks?

BCV23
09-26-2005, 11:23 AM
So you can use the airport check-in at the resort even if you do not use Magical Express to get to and from the airport to your resort?

Yes, you can if you are flying on one of the participating airlines.

It is a wonderful service. They do close sometime in the afternoon though so don't wait too late. Can't remember how early it opens but I think it was at least by 7am.

Frantasmic, I imagine the resorts will still hold some baggage for you. They have always offerd that service.

We used it in May and then just had our carryons with us in the rental car on the way to the airport later in the day.

mkymouse4ever
09-26-2005, 11:31 AM
The resort airline check - in (at the Poly) opened at 6am. and ran till 2 or 3pm only. We where told that I could check in anytime! Our flight was at 6:30pm and I checked our stuff at 9am. no lines, no wait, and I am sure the guy would let us be creative if the weight needed adjustment. ;) But be sure YOUR airline is on the list. 2 families showed up behind us that there airlines where NOT on the list. It is only certain airlines. The big ones. I flew TED (united) and did so on purpose for this service, well worth it. ::MickeyMo ::MickeyMo ::MickeyMo ::MickeyMo ::MickeyMo I hope they keep this service. :wizard:

Mky princess:

Tiffany
09-26-2005, 11:32 AM
Yes, you can if you are flying on one of the participating airlines.

It is a wonderful service. They do close sometime in the afternoon though so don't wait too late. Can't remember how early it opens but I think it was at least by 7am.

Frantasmic, I imagine the resorts will still hold some baggage for you. They have always offerd that service.

We used it in May and then just had our carryons with us in the rental car on the way to the airport later in the day.

We are flying Song which is operated by Delta so I think we will be covered. This will be good on the way home as we are flying out at 6:50pm so we want to hit a park for part of the day.

mickey58729
09-26-2005, 11:36 AM
Does anyone know if this service is offered at Pop Century?

Thanks
Theresa

mkymouse4ever
09-26-2005, 11:37 AM
We asked at the Poly which resorts have the service and was told THEY ALL DO! So you should be covered. ;)

mky princess:

ncgolfer
09-26-2005, 11:38 AM
I was at POFQ on the 24th also and used the service. We showed up about 7:00 am. Checked out bags (we were on delta) and also got our boarding passes. I had returned our rental the day before to the car care center (painless and way more convient than the airport) and we rode magical express back to the airport. It was nice to get off the ME bus and walk straight to security and not have to lug 6 bags up one level to the checkin lines.

The airline baggage check-in kiosks are open from 6am - 2 pm and allow you to check in no more than 12 hours before your flight but no less than 3 hours. Absolutely use it to get boarding passes even if your airline doesn't participate in the luggage transfer.

BCV23
09-26-2005, 11:40 AM
Yes all Disney owned resorts including DVC resorts have this service.

And yes, Song and Delta are included as well as Ted for United. Also AA and I think NW is the other major airline.

Southwest doesn't participate.

BethC1952
09-26-2005, 12:30 PM
Does Continental participate? We usually fly Air Tran (which doesn't participate), but got a great rate for Continental in November/December.

Beth

aruss1
09-26-2005, 01:06 PM
This may be more of a magical express question-but if I checked our luggage at say 7 am for our 4:30 pm flight then head to the parks for the morning, do we then go back to the resort where we checked our bags to get on ME or can we just go to the nearest resort and get on there?

bjgrazi
09-26-2005, 01:07 PM
Does anyone know if this service is offered at Pop Century?

Thanks
Theresa
Yes, they have a kiosk outside the main entrance.

mickey58729
09-26-2005, 01:25 PM
Thanks for the information. Does anyone know if US Air participates in this program?

Thanks again

krbq
09-26-2005, 01:37 PM
Does anyone know which airlines are participating or where I could find a list? I recall seeing somewhere that USAir was NOT on the list.

WDWOKW92
09-26-2005, 01:38 PM
I'd be interested too if US Air was participating as well. :confused3 We leave on the September 28th and are returning on October 4th.

tyboyz
09-26-2005, 06:16 PM
This is probably a dumb question but...............

I read on this thread that Southwest doesn't participate. Does that mean they don't allow you to checkin your luggage from the hotel or you can't use Magical Express at all if you fly Southwest??

mitchwebb
09-26-2005, 06:21 PM
If we have a early flight 7am, do we take our bags with us. Does anyone know the earliest the buses to the airport run?

srfrgrl07
09-26-2005, 07:00 PM
The airlines are Delta (and Song), United (and Ted), Continental, American Airlines, Northwest and Jetblue. I think that's all of them.

Southwest does not participate in the airline check in, but you can still use ME and carry your own luggage.

FYI, it's not actually WDW transporting the luggage and checking you in for flights, it's a third party company.

The ME buses run wenever there are guests needing transportation to the airport, just make sure they know what time your flight is so they can be sure to let you know the exact departure time.

If you want to take ME from another resort after check out, just let the ME agents know and I don't think it should be a problem. I would let them know at least a day before departure.

eclectics
09-26-2005, 07:03 PM
US Air and Southwest don't participate, at least I didn't recall them being on the list when we went. Always a good idea to check. DU or SWV travel websites should have up to date info. We LOVED using ME! Luggage is a big hassle and it was great to just drop it off and forget it. We used it coming and going (jetBlue). If your airline participates, I would use it! :)

bcvgal
09-26-2005, 08:11 PM
Yes US Air does participate, We just booked yesterday and were told that we could use the ME service. :teeth:

ladysoleil
09-26-2005, 09:16 PM
One thing to keep in mind, if you check your luggage very early in the day and have a later flight, it may not go out on the same flight you are booked on.

We checked in for our 2 PM flight at 6 AM (when the counter opened at POP, wanted to avoid standing in line and rushing).

When we got back to our home airport, our luggage wasn't on the carousel. We had to check in at the JetBlue baggage office to claim it. So, make sure you detach your baggage claim check from your boarding passes before you take your flight, as you'll need to turn that back in if they are holding your bags. We forgot to and they accidentally took our claim check with our boarding passes. Luckily, they released our bags to us with photo ID.

DebbieB
09-26-2005, 09:38 PM
Yes US Air does participate, We just booked yesterday and were told that we could use the ME service. :teeth:

You can use the ME service for any airline but you will not be able to check your luggage in at the resort for the return. You will have to carry it out to the bus and check it in yourself at the airport. Other than that, all the other ME features will be available.

PIRATEGIRL007
09-26-2005, 10:29 PM
I booked my flight with delta but on my tickets it is noted that the flight is operated by freedom air, would this effect my availablity to get ME services?

lynr
09-26-2005, 10:34 PM
Thanks for the information. We leave tomorrow for the Polynesian and I will be sure to use the check in. :sunny:
Thanks,
Lyn

DebbieB
09-26-2005, 11:03 PM
I booked my flight with delta but on my tickets it is noted that the flight is operated by freedom air, would this effect my availablity to get ME services?

It looks like Freedom Air is a Delta Connection carrier, so you should be able to use resort check-in:

>>>Earning Miles with Delta Connection Carriers Economy/Coach Class
500 miles minimum or actual miles flown, whichever is greater, on all connection carriers: American Eagle, Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Chautauqua Airlines, Comair, Freedom Airlines, Shuttle America, and SkyWest <<<<

http://www.delta.com/skymiles/ways_to_get_miles/earning_miles_delta/index.jsp

Okiemom
09-26-2005, 11:19 PM
Ok, I do not fly, this will be 3rd time. So I have another question on this. When you say I can get my boarding passes, we are flying AA, so does that mean I don't have to get there and stand in the line in front of the AA counter? I would only have to do security? Would that not be better, in making sure my family does get together in seating, by getting boarding passes in the morning even though I fly out early evening?
Sorry, for so many questions.

enabler
09-26-2005, 11:42 PM
The airlines are Delta (and Song), United (and Ted), Continental, American Airlines, Northwest and Jetblue. I think that's all of them.
Northwest isn't participating. Hopefully that changes in the future.

kaytieeldr
09-26-2005, 11:49 PM
Ok, I do not fly, this will be 3rd time. So I have another question on this. When you say I can get my boarding passes, we are flying AA, so does that mean I don't have to get there and stand in the line in front of the AA counter? I would only have to do security? Would that not be better, in making sure my family does get together in seating, by getting boarding passes in the morning even though I fly out early evening?
Sorry, for so many questions.


You can get your seats preassigned on American Airlines. Call them tomorrow. You shouldn't have to wait until you get to the airport to select your seats. That's only on Southwest (and on Allegiant Air, unless you pay a little extra)

pampam
09-27-2005, 07:46 AM
Can i get my boarding passes if I am flying Air Canada? I know AC is partnered with United, and use the same wickets at the airport. Of course I will have to clear customs at MCO, so I will have to handle my luggage at the airport, but I wonder if I have to check it at the airport as well.

jrogers345
09-27-2005, 08:40 AM
The resort airline check - in (at the Poly) opened at 6am. and ran till 2 or 3pm only. We where told that I could check in anytime! Our flight was at 6:30pm and I checked our stuff at 9am. no lines, no wait, and I am sure the guy would let us be creative if the weight needed adjustment. ;) But be sure YOUR airline is on the list. 2 families showed up behind us that there airlines where NOT on the list. It is only certain airlines. The big ones. I flew TED (united) and did so on purpose for this service, well worth it. ::MickeyMo ::MickeyMo ::MickeyMo ::MickeyMo ::MickeyMo I hope they keep this service. :wizard:

Mky princess:

We have a flight at 6:30pm. So what time did they pick you up at resort for airport? 3:30??? And if so, what kind of wait did you have at airport?

jrogers345
09-27-2005, 08:51 AM
The resort airline check - in (at the Poly) opened at 6am. and ran till 2 or 3pm only. We where told that I could check in anytime! Our flight was at 6:30pm and I checked our stuff at 9am. no lines, no wait, and I am sure the guy would let us be creative if the weight needed adjustment. ;) But be sure YOUR airline is on the list. 2 families showed up behind us that there airlines where NOT on the list. It is only certain airlines. The big ones. I flew TED (united) and did so on purpose for this service, well worth it. ::MickeyMo ::MickeyMo ::MickeyMo ::MickeyMo ::MickeyMo I hope they keep this service. :wizard:

Mky princess:

Since you checked your luggage in early in the a.m. was your luggage at the carousel at your home airport or did you have to go to baggage claim like someone else did cause their luggage came in on an earlier flight.

jrogers345
09-27-2005, 08:56 AM
One thing to keep in mind, if you check your luggage very early in the day and have a later flight, it may not go out on the same flight you are booked on.

We checked in for our 2 PM flight at 6 AM (when the counter opened at POP, wanted to avoid standing in line and rushing).

When we got back to our home airport, our luggage wasn't on the carousel. We had to check in at the JetBlue baggage office to claim it. So, make sure you detach your baggage claim check from your boarding passes before you take your flight, as you'll need to turn that back in if they are holding your bags. We forgot to and they accidentally took our claim check with our boarding passes. Luckily, they released our bags to us with photo ID.

That's interesting... I plan on checking ours in real early to avoid a line and be able to spend rest of time available at a park. We're taking Jet Blue and flying into EWR. Is that where you arrived? And how much time was involved in this whole process of realizing your luggage wasn't on the carousel and getting it from baggage claim office?

*Fantasia*
09-27-2005, 09:17 AM
SPIRT and NORTHWEST do not participate. I used NW in June and August. Spirit in July. Neither both of them participate.

TheRustyScupper
09-27-2005, 09:24 AM
If your airline participates
. . . boarding passes are printed at DME kiosk
. . . luggage is checked-in and tagged
. . . luggage is loaded onto bus for you
. . . bus ride is free

If your airline does not participate
. . . Front Desk can/will print your boarding passes
. . . bell services can tote your bags and load to bus
. . . bus ride is free
. . . you must check your own bags at airport

luvpooh
09-27-2005, 01:18 PM
I was under the impression that if you did not utilize ME, then you could not check in your bags at the hotel, but you could get boarding passes and check in for the flight; the OP said that even though they had rented a car, they could have (if they elected to) checked in their bags at the time they checked in at the hotel.

Can anyone else share their experiences with this?

back2disney
09-27-2005, 02:31 PM
The resort airline check - in (at the Poly) opened at 6am. and ran till 2 or 3pm only. We where told that I could check in anytime! Our flight was at 6:30pm and I checked our stuff at 9am. no lines, no wait, and I am sure the guy would let us be creative if the weight needed adjustment. ;) But be sure YOUR airline is on the list. 2 families showed up behind us that there airlines where NOT on the list. It is only certain airlines. The big ones. I flew TED (united) and did so on purpose for this service, well worth it. ::MickeyMo ::MickeyMo ::MickeyMo ::MickeyMo ::MickeyMo I hope they keep this service. :wizard:

Mky princess:
We're staying at the Poly and our flight leaves at 7:15pm. We plan to spend some time at Epcot before we leave, so what time do we need to be back at the Poly to catch the bus?

BCV23
09-27-2005, 02:36 PM
I was under the impression that if you did not utilize ME, then you could not check in your bags at the hotel, but you could get boarding passes and check in for the flight; the OP said that even though they had rented a car, they could have (if they elected to) checked in their bags at the time they checked in at the hotel.

Can anyone else share their experiences with this?

You can check in, get your boarding passes and leave your baggage even if you're going to the airport some other way as long as you're flying on a participating airline.

In May, we flew in on Ted(United). My daughter and I rode ME and our 4 bags were delivered. My husband and son got a rental car.

Returning, we checked our bags and got our boarding passes at the BC. We then went on our merry way for the day, drove to the airport with our carryons and dropped the car. Next time we saw the bags was at O'Hare.

It is a great service. I just wish SWA participated. We just switched flights because Ted cancelled ours. We got a better fare on SWA but I'm going to miss dropping the bags.

There is tons of information about ME on the transportation board BTW. I'm glad to see this thread hasn't been moved over there though as I think those of us who frequent this board can use the info too and it does relate to services at the resorts. :flower:

daisax
09-27-2005, 02:54 PM
Yes, we definitely did not use ME -- we had a rental car. On our final morning at 7 am, we drove up to the front of the resort, took our bags up to the little area set aside for airline check in, got our boarding passes (for jetblue) and the bags were taken off our hands.

They traveled on the plane with us (5:30 flight) and came through the carousel the same as all the others.

Wonderful service -- highly recommend it! Makes returning a rental car ever so much easier to just remove carry on bags and walk away!

WDWLinda
09-27-2005, 03:41 PM
I just called the ME hotline at (866)599-0951 and was told someone HAD to be on the bus going back to the airport with the luggage. We weren't going to use ME since we're renting a car, but I thought I'd check in for the flight and ditch the luggage for the trip back to the airport. Now this lady said emphatically "NO - someone must be on the bus going to the resort AND coming back to the airport as well".

Sounds like the airline check in desk at the resorts don't follow that, so I'll take my chances and try it out when we're coming home...but should I call ME a day or 2 before we come home to make a reservation?

Thanks,
Linda

BCV23
09-27-2005, 04:04 PM
Linda, when I checked into ME at the airport for our ride to WDW, I told the lady at the counter that we would not be using the ME bus on the return trip. She insisted that we must to use the baggage service.

The day before we left, I checked with the checkin counters at both Y&BC and both assured me that I could.

I felt pretty confident anyway because on the transportation board Horace Horsecollar had posted a publication of WDW for groups explaining ME. It clearly states that you can make your own way to the airport after checking in at your resort.

I think the training of some CMs on ME is not comprehensive and they "wing it."

eclectics
09-27-2005, 04:32 PM
We're staying at the Poly and our flight leaves at 7:15pm. We plan to spend some time at Epcot before we leave, so what time do we need to be back at the Poly to catch the bus?


It's usually around 2 1/2 to 3 hours before your flight is scheduled to leave. You will recieve a sheet telling you the exact time to be outside. Don't be late! They will leave without you!

byoung
09-27-2005, 06:59 PM
We usually take carryons only. For me and DW this works great. Even on the return no waiting . :banana: :Pinkbounc :banana:

Disneytrip
09-27-2005, 07:30 PM
We have a 6:00 AM flight, does ME run before 6:00 to get us to the airport? Thanks.

srfrgrl07
09-27-2005, 08:02 PM
Linda, when I checked into ME at the airport for our ride to WDW, I told the lady at the counter that we would not be using the ME bus on the return trip. She insisted that we must to use the baggage service.

The day before we left, I checked with the checkin counters at both Y&BC and both assured me that I could.

I felt pretty confident anyway because on the transportation board Horace Horsecollar had posted a publication of WDW for groups explaining ME. It clearly states that you can make your own way to the airport after checking in at your resort.

I think the training of some CMs on ME is not comprehensive and they "wing it."

Disney's Magical Express and Resort Airline Check-in are SEPARATE services. Some use both, others only use one or the other.

If you a renting a car and not riding the ME bus, you can use Resort Airline check-in as long as your airline participates and THEY (the airline check-in service) transport your luggage to the ariport, not ME.

If you are using ME, you can still use Resort Airline check-in and it's still that service that is transporting your luggage. ME transports you.

If you use ME but choose not or cannot use Resort airline check-in, you are responsible for getting your luggage to the ME bus...then ME transports you and your luggage to the airport and then you check-in at the airport just as it has been done before this service is offered.

ME can be used with any airline.

Resort Airline Check-in is only participating airlines.

If you want your luggage transported by ME either one way or round trip, at least one member of your party must also be transported by ME. Not sure how strict they may become on this in the future if there's a party of 6 booked on ME with 6+ pieces of luggage and only one person boards the bus though. Time will tell on that one.

I hope this clears up the confusion and that everyone can see that they are different services, separate of each other and not mutually exclusive.

CHIPSTER
09-27-2005, 08:03 PM
Do they physically check the bags at the hotel while you are there so you can lock them or must they go unlocked? Thanks.

srfrgrl07
09-27-2005, 08:08 PM
We have a 6:00 AM flight, does ME run before 6:00 to get us to the airport? Thanks.

I posted this earlier:

The ME buses run wenever there are guests needing transportation to the airport, just make sure they know what time your flight is so they can be sure to let you know the exact departure time.

BCV23
09-27-2005, 08:20 PM
Disney's Magical Express and Resort Airline Check-in are SEPARATE services. Some use both, others only use one or the other.

If you a renting a car and not riding the ME bus, you can use Resort Airline check-in as long as your airline participates and THEY (the airline check-in service) transport your luggage to the ariport, not ME.

If you are using ME, you can still use Resort Airline check-in and it's still that service that is transporting your luggage. ME transports you.

If you use ME but choose not or cannot use Resort airline check-in, you are responsible for getting your luggage to the ME bus...then ME transports you and your luggage to the airport and then you check-in at the airport just as it has been done before this service is offered.

ME can be used with any airline.

Resort Airline Check-in is only participating airlines.

If you want your luggage transported by ME either one way or round trip, at least one member of your party must also be transported by ME. Not sure how strict they may become on this in the future if there's a party of 6 booked on ME with 6+ pieces of luggage and only one person boards the bus though. Time will tell on that one.

I hope this clears up the confusion and that everyone can see that they are different services, separate of each other and not mutually exclusive.

When you check your bags and collect your boarding pass at your resort, are you saying that bags will go with the independent carrier if you are not riding ME back to the airport and with ME transport if you are? I don't think so.

If you do choose to ride ME and are not with a participating airline, then your bags go right on the ME bus and you are resposible for getting them from the bus to your carrier and checking in.

WDW promotes the total program as Magicall Express not just the bus ride. Pretty much everyone knows the people at the checkin are an independent firm and they will affirm it. By the same token, Mears is operating the buses.

But it remains misleading to tell people that they can't use the luggage service and checkin on the outbound trip unless they physically ride the ME bus.

ladysoleil
09-27-2005, 10:44 PM
That's interesting... I plan on checking ours in real early to avoid a line and be able to spend rest of time available at a park. We're taking Jet Blue and flying into EWR. Is that where you arrived? And how much time was involved in this whole process of realizing your luggage wasn't on the carousel and getting it from baggage claim office?

We flew into JFK. We went to the carousel as usual, didn't see our luggage, and went over to the office to check. They had the bags sitting right there- they'd come in on an earlier flight and had big yellow tags on them saying "hold for (our last name) 4:30 (when our flight arrived). Probably took about ten minutes to have the carousel cycle through. We spotted our luggage on the rack as soon as we walked into the office, it took a minute, if that, for us to show ID and for them to hand us the bags. It wasn't really any additional hassle past the 30 seconds of panic when we realized our bags didn't come out on the carousel.

I just figured it was handy to know that just in case anyone else runs into the same issue.

jrogers345
09-27-2005, 11:12 PM
We flew into JFK. We went to the carousel as usual, didn't see our luggage, and went over to the office to check. They had the bags sitting right there- they'd come in on an earlier flight and had big yellow tags on them saying "hold for (our last name) 4:30 (when our flight arrived). Probably took about ten minutes to have the carousel cycle through. We spotted our luggage on the rack as soon as we walked into the office, it took a minute, if that, for us to show ID and for them to hand us the bags. It wasn't really any additional hassle past the 30 seconds of panic when we realized our bags didn't come out on the carousel.

I just figured it was handy to know that just in case anyone else runs into the same issue.

Thanks! Yes it is good to know. Just in case we have the same situation.

safetymom
09-28-2005, 06:03 AM
Airlines frequently put luggage on other flights. If your luggage got to the airport before you did it might go earlier. Or if they have a full planeor are expecting a weight issue with the plane they sometimes will put the luggage on an earlier or even later flight.

mlwear
09-28-2005, 08:42 AM
First, ME was wonderful arriving to Disney. Our bags were in our room within a couple hours. And were stored neatly in the closet.
But, the end of the trip didn't go so well...
I was very disappointed that we couldn't get our boarding passes and check our bags the morning of our departure.
We were flying Delta, so it was definitley a provider.
There was some sort of mix-up or we were "flagged". The guy at the kiosk at the Poly could see we were on the flight but couldn't check our bags.
Our situation: Our flight to Orlando was cancelled and we had to switch flights. I think this put a flag on our flight reservations. We had to go through the additional security screening both times. My assumption is this is why our bags couldn't be checked by Disney. They were very apologetic.
They did put them in storage for us and we were able to go to the parks. It wasn't a big deal to get them out of storage and load them onto ME. But then we had to get them into the airport with our two kids. It also involved some extra tipping (btw, the ME driver was not very helpful loading or unloading, DH ended up doing it by himself except that a CM helped seeing that the driver wasn't going to do anything as we left the Poly. We had to unload at the airport ourselves. We did give her a pity tip of $.50/bag).
Also, the bus on our return to the airport was very worn. Broken seats, torn interior.
I know this had nothing to do with Disney, but Delta lost one of our bags on the return flight, as well. Received it the next day, so all is good now.
I think it is a great system, but as with everything there can be problems.

srfrgrl07
09-28-2005, 07:34 PM
When you check your bags and collect your boarding pass at your resort, are you saying that bags will go with the independent carrier if you are not riding ME back to the airport and with ME transport if you are? I don't think so.

Yes, that is what I'm saying. But only if you check your bags with them, which you have the option to do. Otherwise, you get your luggage to the airport on your own.

If you do choose to ride ME and are not with a participating airline, then your bags go right on the ME bus and you are resposible for getting them from the bus to your carrier and checking in.

Exactly what I said.

WDW promotes the total program as Magicall Express not just the bus ride. Pretty much everyone knows the people at the checkin are an independent firm and they will affirm it. By the same token, Mears is operating the buses.

Yes, Mears operates the busses based on a contract with Disney. But many people here were confusing airline check-in with Disney's Magical Express, hence the reason for my post. Disney promotes Magical Express and Resort Airline check-in as two new services provided as a WDW resort guest. It does not say that Magical Express includes resort airline check-in, but that it is available in addition to the Magical Express.

But it remains misleading to tell people that they can't use the luggage service and checkin on the outbound trip unless they physically ride the ME bus.

I never said that, maybe you misunderstood. Let me know if there's a better way to say it that is more clear.

Fire14
09-28-2005, 09:30 PM
Does anyone know if this service is offered at Pop Century?

Thanks
Theresa

I know they have resort baggage check at pop.

BCV23
09-29-2005, 01:07 PM
Let me know if there's a better way to say it that is more clear.

LOL,I think we agree on most aspects of ME which is why I wonder the point of quoting me in your first post.

But my point was that some CMs are misleading people and telling them that they can not check their luggage unless they ride the ME bus. I personally had a CM at the airport tell me that. It is wrong.

I do disagree with you about resort checkin not being a part of ME. I have my ME for our upcoming trip right here and Resort Airline Check-in Service is listed as one component that you may use if you are on a participating airline.

I also suspect you are wrong about the luggage going on a ME bus in all cases as long as you're riding the bus. If you are taking the ME bus at the same time as you are checking in and dropping your luggage, perhaps the baggage goes directly on the ME bus. I don't know as I haven't ridden an ME bus back to MCO.

But in the case of someone who checks their luggage at 8am and then catches the ME bus at 3pm, I wouldn't think the baggage would be hanging around the resort until then. Maybe it does but it seems more likely to me that the same service that delivers the bags to the resorts would also be picking up and delivering to MCO as well. I'll have to ask about that in a couple of weeks.

I will also say that when we checked our bags for our return trip and got our boarding passes, we weren't even asked whether we were taking the ME bus. That again leads me to believe that the independent contractor who does that portion of ME transports the bags regardless. Just as the other independent contractor, Mears, transports the guests. Two seperate components of ME.

What personal experiences have you had with ME so far?

srfrgrl07
09-29-2005, 07:00 PM
I quoted you because I wanted to be sure that I clarified all of the points that you brought up. We are both in agreement that if you check your bags with the Resort Airline Check-in service that that independent party also takes your bags to the airport, regardless of whether or not you use ME. Like your example, if you check bags at 8am but depart wdw at 3pm, it's not ME that takes your bags.

I guess it's a matter of interpretation as to whether or not ME and Resort Airline go hand-in-hand. For someone who is using both, I guess it can be perceived that way. I just wanted people to be aware that they can use one service and/or the other dependent upon the participating airlines.

I haven't used ME because I live in Orlando, but if I can plan a trip out of town and fit in a wdw vacation after I fly home, I definitely want to "try it out." ::MickeyMo

kaytieeldr
09-29-2005, 07:37 PM
LOL,I think we agree on most aspects of ME which is why I wonder the point of quoting me in your first post.

But my point was that some CMs are misleading people and telling them that they can not check their luggage unless they ride the ME bus. I personally had a CM at the airport tell me that. It is wrong.

Actually, that's NOT wrong when you're travelling from the airport to your Disney resort via Magical Express. If you or anyone you know or heard of was able to send their luggage without riding the bus, that was a fluke.

The standard procedure is for each Guest to be given a voucher when they check in at the DME counter upon arrival at MCO. Once the bus driver scans the voucher, that Guest's luggage is pulled and placed on the truck transporting the DME luggage to the various resorts. No voucher scan, no luggage delivery.

I also suspect you are wrong about the luggage going on a ME bus in all cases as long as you're riding the bus. If you are taking the ME bus at the same time as you are checking in and dropping your luggage, perhaps the baggage goes directly on the ME bus. I don't know as I haven't ridden an ME bus back to MCO.

Interesting consideration... that process would make sense BUT it would defeat the "check in for your participating airline flight at your resort, check your luggage and don't worry about it again until you arrive at your home airport" philosophy.
Just as they have non-scheduled but regularly-running buses taking Guests back to the airport, they must have Bags Inc trucks doing the same with the luggage.

I will also say that when we checked our bags for our return trip and got our boarding passes, we weren't even asked whether we were taking the ME bus. That again leads me to believe that the independent contractor who does that portion of ME transports the bags regardless. Just as the other independent contractor, Mears, transports the guests. Two seperate components of ME.

Yep. My understanding is you don't need to ride the DME bus back to the airport if you're on a participating airline - your baggage gets transported independently anyway.
A more cynical way to look at it is, frankly, Disney got you TO Disney World expediently; if you choose not to use DME on the way back, they really don't care :teeth:

BCV23
09-29-2005, 11:36 PM
No, I wasn't implying that you could send your baggage on its merry way from MCO to WDW without riding ME on the inbound leg. We were talking about outbound...or at least trying to. ;) I thought that was clear from earlier posts. Sorry if it wasn't.

In your second point, I said "perhaps" because as far as I know, it could happen that way. I am sceptical of that though. But regardless, I don't think it would impede the seamless operation for guests flying on participating airlines. I agree about "Bags, Inc." probably taking the baggage and was trying to suggest that. :confused3

I'll try to do some DIS research in a couple of weeks. :sunny: