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Old 11-09-2012, 10:47 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by goofy4tink View Post
There last few posts bring up a good thought....you just can't be sure what happened to late arriving luggage. It may very well not have been DME's issue, but in all actuality, the airlines. If the bag got misdirected, then it's going to be a lot longer than 4 or 5 hrs!! And many times, no one will take responsibility for that lateness!!! Drives me nuts.

This is why we always recommend packing your carryon bag with anything you may need to start your vacation. And that doesn't mean just when traveling to WDW!!! If your checked bag gets delayed, you will at least have a change of clothes and something to sleep in...as well as toiletries. I know that when we flew home from Fort Lauderdale one NYE, we got diverted to Philly....no landing in Providence. Because we were heading home, I didn't pack that carryon correctly. And when we got diverted?? We could get off in Philly, book a room and get out on the first flight in the morning. BUT..they didn't have time to take off the checked bags!!! I had nothing in my carryon for the evening. So, we stayed with the plane, back to Ft Lauderdale, booked a room for the night, got our checked bags and flew out again first thing in the morning. Could have just stayed in Philly if I had had what I needed!!!!
So, pack those carryon bags accordingly!!!!
100% Agreed! We had a late arrival and we actually did have our carryons, but only stocked with stuff that we would need to go to bed (pj's, etc...) Luckily, our girls carryons had all of their stuff in them, but DH and I had no clothes to wear for the next day...we certainly overpack our carryons now!!!
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Old 11-09-2012, 12:43 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by crazy4wdw
I never had any luggage issues with DME until my recent stay at POR about three weeks ago. My luggage was not delivered until about 5 hours after my flight arrival time. My flight arrived around 11:00 am and it was almost 4:00 PM before it was delivered.
We arrived last week on Oct 31. Our flight got in at 930. We didn't get our bags at the WL until 345. That's the longest we have ever waited. Thankfully we brought suits and shorts in our carry ons. Problem was that we packed our girls costumes in our luggage. Thankfully they got them for the party
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Old 11-09-2012, 01:51 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by EmmaMagsMom View Post
We arrived last week on Oct 31. Our flight got in at 930. We didn't get our bags at the WL until 345. That's the longest we have ever waited. Thankfully we brought suits and shorts in our carry ons. Problem was that we packed our girls costumes in our luggage. Thankfully they got them for the party
Again, the time your flight arrived does not matter one bit! The delivery clock starts ticking when you check in at your resort. So I'm guessing you checked in around 11ish? Depending on time of year the deliver window is 3-4 hours. So your bags were a little late, but not by much.

It is always a good idea to pack whatever you will need for 24 hours into your carry-on. That means a change of clothes, meds, and maybe swim wear and pajamas. That way if your luggage is misdirected you are not stuck in your room waiting for your bags. Or stuck having to buy a whole new wardrobe.
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:49 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by Jimbeaux28 View Post
I have read some posts where people mentioning it slowing the process down. Maybe on one of the stickies.

On evening arrivals from now on we will be claiming our bags. Word to the wise.
Next week we will be arriving around 5 pm and will definitely be claiming our own luggage. We were 3 hours past check in last time we flew in the evening and didn't get luggage until 10 pm - not fun to unpack and organize at that time with an 8:05 CP reservation the next morning! Lesson learned for those evening flights. We shouldn't have too many people on ME with us the day after Thanksgiving who would be bothered, seeing that overall crowd levels for the following week are in the 3's.

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Old 11-12-2012, 09:35 AM   #21
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I always get my own luggage and bring it with me on DME. We arrive after check-in time so we like to unpack before we get going. We're two adults so we just have one bag each.

I'd also like to point out that even the people who don't get their checked bags and bring them with them, I'd say a good 80% of people have larger carry on bags that they ask to store under the bus. Last time we took DME, the line of people waiting to get on was stalled because everyone had at least one bag - whether suitcase or carry on duffel - they wanted under the bus. It's a fact of DME.

Relating to OP, on your next trip, I wouldn't worry about others complaining if you opt to bring your own bags on. We've never had an issue and the driver won't either if you tip appropriately.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:38 AM   #22
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Years ago, we experienced a really bad ME delivery. We usually book early flights (and probably did that year) and when we got back to our room the first night, our luggage didn't even arrive until around 11 PM (we arrived at our resort well before 11 AM). Not sure why it took over 12 hours for the luggage to arrive to our resort but it hasn't happened since and we have always had wonderful service since then including our most recent trip a couple of weeks ago (where the luggage we left at the front of the resort (while we went out into the parks) and our checked luggage with ME were in our room when we arrived back).

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