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Old 04-16-2008, 02:26 PM   #616
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do the ME busses only pick up at resorts at certain times, i dont see why we really need to be at the airport 3 hours before flying out, we usually just get there an hour and half to 2 hours before our flights to florida. our plan leaves at 5:30 from MCO so what time should we really be leaving All Star Movie to get to the airport???
If you are flying domestically, DME will pick you up about 3 hours prior to your flight, NOT get you to the airport 3 hours prior to your flight.
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Old 04-21-2008, 11:45 AM   #617
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We are flying Southwest and its not listed as a participating airline. So ...

When we are going home, how do we do it? We are going to rent a car and just wanted to use ME for the luggage only. Coming in seems like it would be easy, but how about going back home? Will the resort make sure our bags get taken, or do we need to be there to get them on the ME bus?

We are staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge if that makes any difference.
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Old 04-21-2008, 11:53 AM   #618
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If you are not flying home on a participating airline, you cannot use Resort Airline Check-in/Magical Express to transport your luggage. Period.

These passengers - Southwest's among them - would, if taking DME back to the airport need to bring their luggage to the bus themselves. Any such Guest NOT riding the bus cannot use the homebound luggage transport service.
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Old 04-21-2008, 12:10 PM   #619
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I will chime in also.....
one more time...'participating' means nothing whatsoever when you arrive at MCO. Any airline guest can use DME to it's fullest. Now, it's for your return to MCO that 'participating' matters. And even at that, it's not really about DME!
It's the use of the RAC (remote airline checkin) system that uses the 'participating' airlines. Those guests flying home on those airlines are able to check their bags at the resort front desk, and then get their boarding passes issued. You do not even need to use DME to get back to the airport to use this service...just have to fly home on a 'particicpating' airline. Those not using a 'participating' airline, and who choose to use DME, you just have to show up at the bus stop about 15 mins before the time you've been given. Then, your bags go underneath the bus, and you'll hop on. You will be handed your bags at the airport terminal and off you'll go.

If you are using a rental car to get back to the airport, then your luggage goes with you. Your luggage goes on the DME bus only if you are on it! You can not send your bags with DME, bac to the airport, while you take another way.
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Old 04-21-2008, 09:22 PM   #620
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Unless someone in your party is actually riding the bus you will not be able to use the service just for luggage transfer.
And as the previous posters have already mentioned, SW is not one of the airlines offering resort check in so you'll have to take the luggage back with you.
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Old 04-21-2008, 11:31 PM   #621
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Thanks for all the info everyone. We'll just take the bags with us in the rental car. That'll be much easier, I think!
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Old 04-23-2008, 04:48 PM   #622
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Sorry if this has been asked, I tried to read through all the posts but..

US Air being in 'Test Phase' for baggage pick up, I'm wondering if that means they are offering it at only a few resorts presently and will expand to other resorts? Or could it mean they could be dropped at any time at the resorts they are now serving? Probably both! hah!

We really like the service and all things (air fares) being equal we'd like to consider US Air, but obviously reluctant if we book and they end up discontinuing their pickup service after the 'Test Phase'. We are staying at the Beach Club for our next trip in December.

Again, very sorry if this has been covered, still 'earing my ears'!

Hope you all are having a wonderful day.
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Sorry if this has been asked, I tried to read through all the posts but..

US Air being in 'Test Phase' for baggage pick up, I'm wondering if that means they are offering it at only a few resorts presently and will expand to other resorts? Or could it mean they could be dropped at any time at the resorts they are now serving? Probably both! hah!

We really like the service and all things (air fares) being equal we'd like to consider US Air, but obviously reluctant if we book and they end up discontinuing their pickup service after the 'Test Phase'. We are staying at the Beach Club for our next trip in December.

Again, very sorry if this has been covered, still 'earing my ears'!

Hope you all are having a wonderful day.
I believe they are at a select group of resorts presently. There is no way of knowing if they will continue and enlarge the grouping or if they will just leave the program. As you are probably aware, the only issue is the RAC system, not the use of DME.
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Old 04-23-2008, 05:21 PM   #624
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I believe they are at a select group of resorts presently. There is no way of knowing if they will continue and enlarge the grouping or if they will just leave the program. As you are probably aware, the only issue is the RCA system, not the use of DEM.
Sounds right to me, guess there's no way of telling so maybe stick with another airline that has confirmed they're in.

Too bad for US Air, I don't see the downside really. I know the technical end is way beyond me but seems by now they'd figure out if they can or can't, in our not, and I imagine they could grab more bookings if they locked into it.

Anyway, thank you very much for your reasons, I really do appreciate it!
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Old 04-26-2008, 11:09 PM   #625
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With Delta charging to check a second bag starting next week, does anyone know if you can use RAC to check that second bag even though there is a $25 fee or do you have to take it to MCO and check it?
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Old 04-26-2008, 11:56 PM   #626
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For our return to Orlando Airport we will nto be flying home. We do need the Magical Express to take us to Oralndo Airport We are visiting family in West Palm Beach. Will I have to provide a return flight anyway(even though we do not have on until a few days later form West Palm. Or can I tell them I need a return of the transportation to Orlando to pick up a rental car.
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For our return to Orlando Airport we will nto be flying home. We do need the Magical Express to take us to Oralndo Airport We are visiting family in West Palm Beach. Will I have to provide a return flight anyway(even though we do not have on until a few days later form West Palm. Or can I tell them I need a return of the transportation to Orlando to pick up a rental car.
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Just find a flight that leaves at a time that would get you to MCO at about the same time you need to rent a car. For instance, if you need to be at the car rental counter at 2:00, to pick up your car, find an airline that departs at about 4:00ish. DME will pick you up at about (that 3 hrs beforehand), getting you to the airport about 1:30ish. That gives you time to get to MCO and to the car rental counter.
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Old 04-27-2008, 10:34 AM   #628
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can anyone help me locate the phone # for magical experess, I have to book ours. also how far in advance should we book it?
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can anyone help me locate the phone # for magical experess, I have to book ours. also how far in advance should we book it?
You really should book DME with whomever you booked your resort stay with. DME won't take any info from you too far in advance.
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1-866-599-0951

I would call about 2-3 months before your trip.
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