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Old 03-07-2010, 09:50 PM   #976
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My wife, baby and myself are using MCO this coming Thursday March 11th and I just realized that we don't have enough tags for all the stuff we're bringing.
We have three ME tags, that will go on the three bags for us.
Then we have a stroller bag, a car seat bag and an empty extra bag.

Should I call ME and see about getting extra tags overnighted, or should we just go to the Welcome Desk with our luggage tags and they'll pull the non-tagged luggage for us?

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Why not do both??!!

Seriously. Call DME directly at 866-599-0951 and ask if you can get extra tags sent to you ASAP. If they say yes, great! And if they don't arrive in time, no sweat ... when you arrive at the DME counter at MCO just tell them you have some untagged luggage you want delivered, etc.

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Old 03-07-2010, 09:53 PM   #977
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how many luggage tags does each person get?
But if you need more, you can call after you get your tags and they will send as many as you need. I always call and get two more. We check 4 bags for me and the Hubby.
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Old 03-08-2010, 09:28 PM   #978
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So, I never received our DME packet, which stresses me because now I have extra stuff to do/worry about! Also, I noticed on some information that it has our flight number, but not the flight arrival/departure time. I'm assuming I need to call and let them know the times...
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So, I never received our DME packet, which stresses me because now I have extra stuff to do/worry about! Also, I noticed on some information that it has our flight number, but not the flight arrival/departure time. I'm assuming I need to call and let them know the times...
DME doesn't really have to know when you are arriving or at what time. They need only the day of arrival. As long as they have you in their system, you're good to go. But, call them just to make sure they have you in the system.
I always recommend that everyone call DME to make sure they are in the system if they haven't received their packet 2-3 weeks before travel. But that is assuming the reservation was booked more than a month out.....they need at least 10 days to process the info and get it to you.
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Old 03-09-2010, 05:29 AM   #980
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So, I never received our DME packet, which stresses me because now I have extra stuff to do/worry about! Also, I noticed on some information that it has our flight number, but not the flight arrival/departure time. I'm assuming I need to call and let them know the times...
This happened to me last May and it ended being no big deal! I promise! We just checked our bags at our home airport. When we got to MCO, my DH went to the counter with our luggage claim tags (and we had 4 adults and 3 children!). They gave us our bus documents and our bags were delivered a few hours later. The only stressful part was that a few of the luggage claim tags were hard to read and my DH wasn't 100% sure that they got the claim numbers correct! Luckily they figured it all out and we had no problems. I did call DME to ask what to do (I didn't know about disboards back then - so naive!).

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Old 03-16-2010, 04:50 PM   #981
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I've been doing Disney forever but I have never used DME. We're using it in June.
1. If I am not on a preferred airline going to Disney, do I use the luggage tags? I'm assuming yes that arriving airline doesn't matter.
2. My son and his fiancee are arriving on a different airline but at approximately the same time so will we all be able to take the same bus assuming all our flights are on-time? We're all supposed to arrive about 9AM, how often do the busses run at that time-we're headed to Pop?
3. Where is this Welcome Center at MCO? I was just there and didn't see it. I arrived on SWA. Is it on the other side? Is it on Level 2?
4. We're flying Spirit and my son is flying SWA, again within minutes of each other, will we be on the same bus to MCO?
5. Will our bus stop at different resorts both arriving and departing?

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Old 03-16-2010, 05:20 PM   #982
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I've been doing Disney forever but I have never used DME. We're using it in June.
1. If I am not on a preferred airline going to Disney, do I use the luggage tags? I'm assuming yes that arriving airline doesn't matter.
2. My son and his fiancee are arriving on a different airline but at approximately the same time so will we all be able to take the same bus assuming all our flights are on-time? We're all supposed to arrive about 9AM, how often do the busses run at that time-we're headed to Pop?
3. Where is this Welcome Center at MCO? I was just there and didn't see it. I arrived on SWA. Is it on the other side? Is it on Level 2?
4. We're flying Spirit and my son is flying SWA, again within minutes of each other, will we be on the same bus to MCO?
5. Will our bus stop at different resorts both arriving and departing?

TIA.
Let's try and get you some answers....
1. It doesn't matter what airline you arrive on. Every person arriving into MCO, that has booked a DME reservation, will get the info packet/luggage tags....one tag per person lately, but you can call and ask for more.

2. I'm going to assume that your son and his fiance both have DME reservations. So....you can just wait for them to get there and then hop on the same bus. The buses run every 15-20 mins or so.

3. It's on level 1, Side B. SW arrives on Side A, not sure about Spirit. But in any case...when you get off the tram you are on level 3. Look off to the sides...you will see a Side A and a Side B up above..bright neon letters. Head for the Side B sign. Go down the escalators/stairs. That will put you on level 2, baggage claim area. You want to take the elevator (that's what we do) down to level 1..ground transportation. DME is all the way down at the end, past the car rental counters and the Mears counter. There is a nice seating area where you can sit and wait for the others to arrive. Then, go through the line and head to the bus.

4. Again...you aren't assigned to a particular bus. YOu can sit and wait for your son to get to the DME counter.

5. Your bus to POP may stop at AKL (two stops there) and on other...CSR if I remember correctly. But, 4 out of 5 times that I've taken DME to POP, it has gone directly to POP from MCO. Departure is a different story. You may make another stop or not.
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Old 03-16-2010, 05:28 PM   #983
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I've been doing Disney forever but I have never used DME. We're using it in June.
1. If I am not on a preferred airline going to Disney, do I use the luggage tags? I'm assuming yes that arriving airline doesn't matter.
You can use the luggage tags on any airline for arrival. The participating airlines only come into play for Resort Airline Checkin (RAC) at departure.
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2. My son and his fiancee are arriving on a different airline but at approximately the same time so will we all be able to take the same bus assuming all our flights are on-time? We're all supposed to arrive about 9AM, how often do the busses run at that time-we're headed to Pop?
Arrange a meeting place ahead of time, then wait for one-another. If you all check in together, you'll all be on the same bus.
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3. Where is this Welcome Center at MCO? I was just there and didn't see it. I arrived on SWA. Is it on the other side? Is it on Level 2?
It's on the "B" side of the airport, level 1. Follow the signs for the rental car counters. It's way down past all the car rental counters. Unfortunately, there are no signs pointing the way. (I think this was due to complains by the limo and taxi companies.)
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4. We're flying Spirit and my son is flying SWA, again within minutes of each other, will we be on the same bus to MCO?
Show up at the same time, and you'll be on the same bus.
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5. Will our bus stop at different resorts both arriving and departing?
Probably.
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Old 03-16-2010, 05:59 PM   #984
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Thanks for the quick responses. They confirmed what I "thought" . I didn't want to give other the wrong info though.
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:56 PM   #985
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If I am not on a preferred airline going to Disney, We're flying Spirit
I live a few islands north of you, about a 15 drive to ACY. I LOVE LOVE LOVE flying Spirit to WDW. As you've learned, when talking about arrival in Orlando, everyone on every airline gets exactly the same DME treatment. There truly is ZERO difference on arrival day.

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Will our bus stop at different resorts both arriving and departing?
DME has no pre-set grouping of resorts on buses, and no pre-set routes. It changes all the time. They do have the resorts separated into four DME "zones," but they don't stick to these zones when it would be more efficient to mix it up. And they know what will be most efficient because they know about how many people are going to which resorts at about what times. So, again, you can never know what other resorts will be on your bus.

When a bus stays within one zone, there is a maximum of 4 resorts on that bus. That's not to say there WILL be 4, just that 4 is the max. When a bus crosses zones, there is a maximum of 3 resorts on that bus, to compensate for the extra travel time.

[Just FYI, Pop Century is in the "AK" zone. When you get your DME tags, the initials "AK" will be on them, printed inside a color Mickey head silhouette. Other resorts in the AK zone include Animal Kingdom Lodge, Animal Kingdom Villas, Coronado Springs Resort, and all three All Star resorts.]

As far as the order to the stops for any particular bus ... this is 100% in the hands of the driver (with the small exception of Grand Floridian and Polynesian, not important to go into here). The driver decides the order of the stops. Most drivers usually choose to drop off first at the resort closest to the airport, drop off last at the resort farthest from the airport, and so on. It just so happens that Pop Century is the closest/most direct drive from the airport, so it's very common that Pop is the first DME drop-off no matter what resorts it's grouped with. Again, that's most common, not "always" ... your mileage may vary.

On the way back to the airport at the dreaded end of your trip, the groupings of resorts on the bus can be a little more random, but those maximum numbers above still apply.
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Old 03-27-2010, 10:43 PM   #986
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Hi! We are going to Disney in June. I have been reading most of the day on the Dis boards. We have never taken the DME. We are flying SouthWest Airlines, which I read today is not a participating airlines, I am right with my thinking that on arrival our bags go directly to the resort but on departure, I am correct that we take our bags with us on the Disney magical Express. Do they then go to the plane or do we take them to check in?
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Hi! We are going to Disney in June. I have been reading most of the day on the Dis boards. We have never taken the DME. We are flying SouthWest Airlines, which I read today is not a participating airlines, I am right with my thinking that on arrival our bags go directly to the resort but on departure, I am correct that we take our bags with us on the Disney magical Express. Do they then go to the plane or do we take them to check in?
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You are correct that your bags will be delivered to your room on arrival. The DME luggage service works for any flight arriving at MCO. Just be sure to put the yellow tags from your DME packet on your bags.

For non-participating airlines, you can't check your bags with Resort Airline Check-in (RAC) for the return flight. You must take your bags on the DME bus with you. Give them to the driver, who will put them in a compartment under the bus. When you arrive at the airport, you must claim them from the driver, and you're then responsible to take them to the airline's check-in counter.

However, Southwest has been expanding their participating in RAC over the past few months. Depending on where you're staying, you may be able to check your bags at the resort. Check at the RAC desk when you arrive to see if they're doing Southwest at that particular resort yet.

Where are you staying? Others may know.
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Old 03-27-2010, 11:06 PM   #988
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Thank-You so much for the ibfo. We are staying at the Polynesian. Is that a participating hotel?
I have another question that I am hoping someone can answer for me. My daughter is disabled and has seizures. Can I carry all of her seizures meds on my carry on bag or is there a limit to how many medications? I wouldn't want them to tell me I can't and have nowhere to put them because my bags are already checked. It would be many bottles of prescription seizure meds.
Thanks to anyone who can answer this for me.
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Old 03-28-2010, 09:24 AM   #989
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Thank-You so much for the ibfo. We are staying at the Polynesian. Is that a participating hotel?
I have another question that I am hoping someone can answer for me. My daughter is disabled and has seizures. Can I carry all of her seizures meds on my carry on bag or is there a limit to how many medications? I wouldn't want them to tell me I can't and have nowhere to put them because my bags are already checked. It would be many bottles of prescription seizure meds.
Thanks to anyone who can answer this for me.
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All Disney owned-and-operated resorts are served by Disney's Magical Express, and the Polynesian is a Disney owned-and-operated resort.

There is no limit to the number of prescription medications you are permitted to have in your carry-on.
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This site has been great reading but haven't found anyone with our exact plans. We are visiting Disney in late October, there is a total of 10 of us including a baby. We are using DME for 7 members and getting 3 rental cars. We are taking some of the bags in the cars and checking the rest on DME. We know that DME is not a luggage transport service and plan on using their service for some of the bags. When returning, we all will use DME, we are returning the cars the night before at the Swan. One member of our group will arrive at MCO 20 minutes before us. We are all flying SWA so we plan on having him wait until we get there so we can all go to the DME counter together. By doing this, we should be on the same bus. My questions are, will my plan work as outlined? Is SWA RAC up and running now at the BWV? How far in advance do we need to reserve DME? We have 3 reservations at Disney, how will they know which bags goes to which room? Can we collect our bags at the resort or do they have to deliver them? Thanks for all the great info from everyone.
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