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Old 07-11-2007, 09:37 AM   #61
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Ok I'm most worried about this part of our vacation. We have reservations to use Disney Transport to the Pop century. We are flying from Japan to Atlanta then Atlanta to Orlando. Our plane arrives at night about 7 pm
1) Is using this transportation as difficult as I imagine?
2)I'm flying Delta--does that help or hurt the process?
3)I relly don't want to wait a long time for my bags at the hotel after almost 24 hours of travel I want to go to bed. Is it easy to get my bags and then recheck them?
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Ok I'm most worried about this part of our vacation. We have reservations to use Disney Transport to the Pop century. We are flying from Japan to Atlanta then Atlanta to Orlando. Our plane arrives at night about 7 pm
1) Is using this transportation as difficult as I imagine?
2)I'm flying Delta--does that help or hurt the process?
3)I relly don't want to wait a long time for my bags at the hotel after almost 24 hours of travel I want to go to bed. Is it easy to get my bags and then recheck them?
1.DME is really very efficient and easy to use. When you arrive at MCO, just head down to level 1 and look for the DME checkin counter. You will be checked in and directed to the POP bus line. My experience has shown me it takes about 70 mins from deplaning to resort checkin.

2.Flying Delta makes no difference in ease of use.

3.If you arrive at MCO at 7:00, you should be at POP by 8:30 at the latest. Your bags may not arrive until a few hours after that. If you would rather have your bags with you, do not put the yellow luggage tags on your checked bags. Then you can head to baggage claim, on level 2, and grab your bags and then head down to level 1 and checkin. Your bags will go underneath the bus you are on. But, that will add some time to you total.

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Old 07-11-2007, 09:36 PM   #63
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Ok I'm most worried about this part of our vacation. We have reservations to use Disney Transport to the Pop century. We are flying from Japan to Atlanta then Atlanta to Orlando. Our plane arrives at night about 7 pm
1) Is using this transportation as difficult as I imagine?
2)I'm flying Delta--does that help or hurt the process?
3)I relly don't want to wait a long time for my bags at the hotel after almost 24 hours of travel I want to go to bed. Is it easy to get my bags and then recheck them?
We arrived at Orlando almost 27 hours late. St. Louis lost all of our travel information and vouchers during a bag search which I didn't discover until Orlando at almost 1 a.m. We too had the Magical Express and I was very concerned about all of it.
VERY HELPFUL PEOPLE!!! My new husband went in and spoke to the representatives at Magical Express check in. Not only did they re-issue all of our vouchers and tickets, but also called the hotel ahead of time and told them we were coming. When we arrived at POFQ somewhere around 2 a.m., we were checked in quickly, given directions to our room and upon arrival at our door, we used the key card, opened the door and our luggage was sitting there waiting for us. We were in heaven! We'd been wearing the same socks for far too long and it was perfect.!

Good luck disney dad.. if your flights are on schedule, you should see your bags only a couple of hours after you arrive. Be sure to pack a change of clothes for everyone in your carry on luggage. Oh, and don't forget.. the less liquids or gels you take, the easier and quicker the security check points are.

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Old 08-02-2007, 02:10 PM   #64
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Perhaps I'm looking in the wrong place - on DEPARTURE - we're flying SWA at 3:55pm. So we'll arrive via ME at Side B, with LOTS of luggage to check, a car seat, and an exhausted toddler. We can't check the luggage at WL because SWA isn't a "participating airline." And the SWA desk is on Side A. What do we do to get our luggage checked? Haul all of it across the airport?
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Perhaps I'm looking in the wrong place - on DEPARTURE - we're flying SWA at 3:55pm. So we'll arrive via ME at Side B, with LOTS of luggage to check, a car seat, and an exhausted toddler. We can't check the luggage at WL because SWA isn't a "participating airline." And the SWA desk is on Side A. What do we do to get our luggage checked? Haul all of it across the airport?
Although the DME Welcome Center is located on the B side, the motorcoach does drop off on both sides. So you will be dropped off on the A side, and it's just an elevator ride up to the check in counters.
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Old 08-02-2007, 02:48 PM   #66
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Although the DME Welcome Center is located on the B side, the motorcoach does drop off on both sides. So you will be dropped off on the A side, and it's just an elevator ride up to the check in counters.
Oh good! That's great. I was getting worried. An elevator ride is better than across the complex. Thanks.
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Old 08-24-2007, 07:11 PM   #67
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Tyler - Help!

My sister and her family are flying into MCO, while my DH and I are driving down. We are renting a 2-BR unit at OKW from a DVC member. However, due to high cost on the weekend, we will all be staying at Shades of Green the first night (Saturday), then checking into OKW early Sunday morning.

As long as we have reservations at OKW for our second night and the rest of the week, and her name is on the paperwork, would DME transport my sister's family and their luggage to OKW, where I could meet them with our car and shuttle them to SOG for the first night?

Or, could they get off at the Poly, which is much closer to SOG? I will have to make 2 trips, as we all won't fit in my car.

Thank you for any comments/suggestions, and if you feel I should call the DME folks directly, I will gladly do so.

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Old 08-25-2007, 06:23 AM   #68
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Tyler - Help!

My sister and her family are flying into MCO, while my DH and I are driving down. We are renting a 2-BR unit at OKW from a DVC member. However, due to high cost on the weekend, we will all be staying at Shades of Green the first night (Saturday), then checking into OKW early Sunday morning.

As long as we have reservations at OKW for our second night and the rest of the week, and her name is on the paperwork, would DME transport my sister's family and their luggage to OKW, where I could meet them with our car and shuttle them to SOG for the first night?

Or, could they get off at the Poly, which is much closer to SOG? I will have to make 2 trips, as we all won't fit in my car.

Thank you for any comments/suggestions, and if you feel I should call the DME folks directly, I will gladly do so.

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I don't think that plan is going to work. You can only use DME on the day your reservation actually starts. So...if you (and your sister) have a reservation at OKW starting the day after you actually arrive, you won't be able to use DME. Perhaps you would be better off either driving up to the airport to get her, and her family, or having her book a towncar service for the trip to SoG from MCO. Then, when they return to MCO for their return flight, they will be able to use DME. But, should book that return in advance.
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I was afraid of that. I need to talk her into getting the town car or some other mode of transportation to the resort. At least they can use DME to get back to the airport.
Thanks for the quick response.
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Old 08-26-2007, 07:38 AM   #70
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when making reservations to use DME do they send you instructions as to what to do, where to go etc?
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Old 09-03-2007, 11:41 AM   #71
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If I have a flight back home leaving the Orlando Airport around 5pm, what time do you think I will have to leave CBR on the magical express bus? How will I know, will they assigned me a time to catch the bus upon checkin? Thanks
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If I have a flight back home leaving the Orlando Airport around 5pm, what time do you think I will have to leave CBR on the magical express bus? How will I know, will they assigned me a time to catch the bus upon checkin? Thanks
Most likely, DME will want you at the bus stop about 2:15ish. But, don't worry, the day before you are due to leave they will slip a note under your door, alerting you to the time you are supposed to be there.
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when making reservations to use DME do they send you instructions as to what to do, where to go etc?
After you make your reservations, DME will send you an info packet about 4 weeks before your travel date. It will tell you everything you need to know...where to go, what to do.
Basically...get off the plane, take the tram to the main terminal. Head to level 1 on Side B of the terminal. Go to the DME area, just about all the way at the end. Check in at the desk (only one person in the party has to get in line), you will be directed to the appropriate bus line for your resort. Then, when the bus comes, get on and start that fun vacation.
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I don't think that plan is going to work. You can only use DME on the day your reservation actually starts.
Hmm... This isn't what DVC just told me. Four of the five members in our party are arriving on the first day of our reservation. The fifth arrives on the next day, and departs early as well. My DVC rep said "if EVERYONE in your party was arriving on separate days, they could ALL still use DME". When I called to confirm the flight arrival info, they confirmed this, and took the varied arrival info (and dates) for our party.

Could this be a "DVC-only" option? Possibly, but I didn't get that feeling!
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Hmm... This isn't what DVC just told me. Four of the five members in our party are arriving on the first day of our reservation. The fifth arrives on the next day, and departs early as well. My DVC rep said "if EVERYONE in your party was arriving on separate days, they could ALL still use DME". When I called to confirm the flight arrival info, they confirmed this, and took the varied arrival info (and dates) for our party.

Could this be a "DVC-only" option? Possibly, but I didn't get that feeling!
I'll clarify what goofy4tink said. She meant that you can't use DME any time before your resort check-in day, and can't use DME any time after your resort check-out day.

You and your DVC rep are 100% correct about members of a party being able to use DME on different days. That's not a DVC thing, it's a DME thing.

But to clarify, goofy4tink was commenting about someone who hoped to get a ride from DME on the day before checking-in at a WDW owned-and-operated resort.

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