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Old 01-03-2012, 08:14 PM   #1396
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I wouldn't chance it. You really should be there 3 hours before, which wouldn't give you enough time to eat and get back to CR. What if you aren't seated in time? It's too close for me.
Yeah, and I'm a horrible worrier so I bet I'd be so bent out of shape I'd not enjoy myself. Maybe room service is in order. Cheaper too!
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Old 01-03-2012, 08:27 PM   #1397
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As you said, your bus will be around 9:30. You're supposed to be out there 15 minutes early. I really don't see how you'd make it work.
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Old 01-03-2012, 08:52 PM   #1398
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Yeah, and I'm a horrible worrier so I bet I'd be so bent out of shape I'd not enjoy myself. Maybe room service is in order. Cheaper too!
I wouldn't try it. In 2010, we decided to have our kids pictures drawn in the lobby of POR before we left Disney. We didn't realize how long it would take. The bus arrived, the artist was finishing, then DH had to pay. We held up the bus for 10 minutes. We didn't mean to, but we were stuck in the middle of it. We were going to get our luggage off the bus, take a cab, something, but kept thinking any second we'd be done. Anyway, the bus driver was very angry. We were embarrassed and upset. It wasn't a nice way to end the trip. I felt terrible. Stressed me out completely!
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:47 PM   #1399
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I'm sorry, I've relaly tried to find what I was looking for, but when a thread gets this long, it's hard. I'm sure the info is in there.

I know the DME info says you get a departure time and place the day before you leave, but that puts you within the 24 cancellation window for ADRs. I know it also said it's generally 3 hours before your flight. I've read though that it can be as little as 2 as well. I'd REALLY like to have an 8:40 breakfast at Crystal Palace w/ just me and hubs (so we'll not take more than about 40 minutes) and I'm pretty certain we could be back to the BLT/CR where we are staying by 10am and we'd leave our bags w/ bell services before we went to breakfast. BUT, our flight leaves at 12:45pm. I WISH I could have gotten a later flight, but it is what it is. I'm not one to push things but since we won't have the kids with, I'm trying to cram in all I can. Do I have a snowball's chance? Will the DME people at MCO or the desk people be able to tell me more about the time to expect? or should I not bother w/ that last ditch attempt at a meal? NO WAY will I do CMs, that'd be so much simpler though. *sigh*
It's going to be 3 hours plus or minus 15 minutes. The time they assign you is the time your bus is scheduled to leave - you'll need to be at the bus stop completely ready to board the bus 15 minutes before that. That means you'll want to plan on being back at the resort about 4 hours before your flight is scheduled.

If you schedule an 8:40 breakfast, and you eat very quickly, and you don't bother to stick around for all of the characters, you might be able to make it back to the resort by 10:00, but you would definitely still miss your bus.

I know it's not what you want to hear, but you really need to shoot for being back at the resort no later than 9:00.
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Old 01-04-2012, 06:45 AM   #1400
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I'm sorry, I've relaly tried to find what I was looking for, but when a thread gets this long, it's hard. I'm sure the info is in there.

I know the DME info says you get a departure time and place the day before you leave, but that puts you within the 24 cancellation window for ADRs. I know it also said it's generally 3 hours before your flight. I've read though that it can be as little as 2 as well. I'd REALLY like to have an 8:40 breakfast at Crystal Palace w/ just me and hubs (so we'll not take more than about 40 minutes) and I'm pretty certain we could be back to the BLT/CR where we are staying by 10am and we'd leave our bags w/ bell services before we went to breakfast. BUT, our flight leaves at 12:45pm. I WISH I could have gotten a later flight, but it is what it is. I'm not one to push things but since we won't have the kids with, I'm trying to cram in all I can. Do I have a snowball's chance? Will the DME people at MCO or the desk people be able to tell me more about the time to expect? or should I not bother w/ that last ditch attempt at a meal? NO WAY will I do CMs, that'd be so much simpler though. *sigh*
With a flight departure of 12:45, you will be given a p/u time of between 9:30 and 9:50ish. There is no way you are going to make it if you keep an 8:45 ADR at CP. First of all...you are never seated ontime at CP...never. And even if you were to be seated at 8:45, you wouldn't be out of there until at least 9:30..and it would probably take longer. Then you have to get back to the CR....takes at least 15 mins. Then gather your carryon things..another 10 mins. Yep, you've missed the bus.
Even if you were able to snag an ADR for 8:00, you won't be able to do it.

Just forget about heading to a park, and eat something at the Contempo Cafe. Take all your carryon bags with you, eat your breakfast, then head down to the DME bus stop by 9:15. Much better idea...this way you won't be rushed and frantic!!!
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Old 01-11-2012, 05:39 PM   #1401
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Small/petty question - I just got my booklet from Magical Express, it has the sticky yellow tags, but in 2010 when we went it also had "Castle" luggage tags-- are they still doing that? My kids love those, and just got new suitcases!

Also, our flight is set to arrive at 9:17, so I know we are on the fringe for the 10pm cutoff. If the flight lands later, and the yellow tags are on the bags, will we still be able to claim them at the airport?

And, if the plane does land on time, and DME claims our luggage, I know it takes a couple of hours-- do they really deliver it to your room at midnight? Or do they hold it until the morning?

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Small/petty question - I just got my booklet from Magical Express, it has the sticky yellow tags, but in 2010 when we went it also had "Castle" luggage tags-- are they still doing that? My kids love those, and just got new suitcases!

Also, our flight is set to arrive at 9:17, so I know we are on the fringe for the 10pm cutoff. If the flight lands later, and the yellow tags are on the bags, will we still be able to claim them at the airport?

And, if the plane does land on time, and DME claims our luggage, I know it takes a couple of hours-- do they really deliver it to your room at midnight? Or do they hold it until the morning?

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First, you didn't get those hard plastic 'Castle' luggage tags with DME. They come as part of a package. They were never included as part of DME..unless a mistake was made. But since they come from two entirely different areas, I can't imagine how those luggage tags would get in a DME packet.

If your plane lands ontime at 9:17, your yellow tagged bags will be collected. But, if your flight is delayed, the bags will not be collected and should go to the regular baggage claim carousels.

The time can vary greatly. If you're at Pop, or another value resort, you may not get your bags until the next morning...their luggage delivery service is slow at best and it does shut down late at night. On the other hand, the deluxe resorts deliver baggage all night long. So, yeah, it could be midnight when the bags arrive...possibly later. It's up to 3 hrs after resort checkin, not airport arrival. So, if you land at 9:17, you should be at your resort by 10:30-11. Which means your luggage might not arrive until past 1am!!! You can have it held until the morning. I would tell the CM at the front desk that you want your luggage held until the next morning. Then, tell Bell Services/Luggage Assistence. When you get to your room, hang out the 'privacy please' hanger on your door. That way, if everyone misses the memo to not deliver until the next day, and they show up with your stuff at 1:30am, they won't knock...they'll just turn around and take the bags back. There will be a message on your phone when you wake up telling you that your bags are ready to be delivered.
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Old 01-12-2012, 09:59 AM   #1403
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First, you didn't get those hard plastic 'Castle' luggage tags with DME. They come as part of a package. They were never included as part of DME..unless a mistake was made. But since they come from two entirely different areas, I can't imagine how those luggage tags would get in a DME packet.

If your plane lands ontime at 9:17, your yellow tagged bags will be collected. But, if your flight is delayed, the bags will not be collected and should go to the regular baggage claim carousels.

The time can vary greatly. If you're at Pop, or another value resort, you may not get your bags until the next morning...their luggage delivery service is slow at best and it does shut down late at night. On the other hand, the deluxe resorts deliver baggage all night long. So, yeah, it could be midnight when the bags arrive...possibly later. It's up to 3 hrs after resort checkin, not airport arrival. So, if you land at 9:17, you should be at your resort by 10:30-11. Which means your luggage might not arrive until past 1am!!! You can have it held until the morning. I would tell the CM at the front desk that you want your luggage held until the next morning. Then, tell Bell Services/Luggage Assistence. When you get to your room, hang out the 'privacy please' hanger on your door. That way, if everyone misses the memo to not deliver until the next day, and they show up with your stuff at 1:30am, they won't knock...they'll just turn around and take the bags back. There will be a message on your phone when you wake up telling you that your bags are ready to be delivered.
Thank you!! Great advice!
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Old 01-12-2012, 02:04 PM   #1404
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BTW, thanks guys for the advice. I've never used DME to go to the airport, only once to get to WDW from the airport so I wasn't sure of what was what. I'll DEFINITELY be doing room service or the contemp that last morning.
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Old 01-16-2012, 01:02 AM   #1405
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Great advice here! I apologize if this question is a repeat. When I received my yellow tags, I too thought I could cut it and make 2 out of 1. Now I know you can't. I leave in 8 days, is it to late to call DME to get additional tags. Would it be best to just to get a claim ticket and give it to them the day we fly? Thanks
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Old 01-16-2012, 09:02 AM   #1406
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Great advice here! I apologize if this question is a repeat. When I received my yellow tags, I too thought I could cut it and make 2 out of 1. Now I know you can't. I leave in 8 days, is it to late to call DME to get additional tags. Would it be best to just to get a claim ticket and give it to them the day we fly? Thanks


I would take a chance and call - the luggage tags usually arrive really quickly. I think there is a good chance you will have them before you leave. If not, just get a claim ticket for the unmarked bags.
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Old 01-24-2012, 02:08 PM   #1407
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Understanding DME

Hi guys

First thanks to everyone who post answers on here it really helps

I'm trying to figure out DME and what we should do we will have 3 suitcase, 1 stroller, 1 car seat and 1 very active little one.

We are Canada and landing at 7h45pm going to Pop my understanding is that our plane will land at terminal A and DME is on the other side of the airport in terminal B

Best thing for us if possible would be to have our suitcase with us on the bus so we would not have to bring extra stuff on the plane for when we get to the resort.

Our choices are:

1- We tag all of our suitcase with DME tag and pack extra clothes in our backpack and have are suitcase deliver to our room hopefullly before midnight. if we do this we only need to walk around the airport with our backpack stroller and car seat.

2- We don't use the DME tag and pick up our 3 suitcases at bagage claim and walk from terminal A to terminal B with 3 suitcase a stroller and a car seat this is the scenario i'm trying to avoid...

3- Maybe i'm mistaken but if i understand right i think i read that there's a third scenario we could do, we could not use our DME tag walk from terminal A to terminal B with only our stroller and car seat go to DME desk and with a suitcase description they could go and pick up our suitcase at bagage claim and bring them to the DME bus, is that true? did i understand right? if i understood right would we be able to take our suitcase right of the bus when we get to Pop resort?

After reading my post i think scenario 1 sounds the best let me know if you have more idea or comments

Thanks for you help!

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Old 01-24-2012, 02:30 PM   #1408
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Hi guys

First thanks to everyone who post answers on here it really helps

I'm trying to figure out DME and what we should do we will have 3 suitcase, 1 stroller, 1 car seat and 1 very active little one.

We are Canada and landing at 7h45pm going to Pop my understanding is that our plane will land at terminal A and DME is on the other side of the airport in terminal B

Best thing for us if possible would be to have our suitcase with us on the bus so we would not have to bring extra stuff on the plane for when we get to the resort.

Our choices are:

1- We tag all of our suitcase with DME tag and pack extra clothes in our backpack and have are suitcase deliver to our room hopefullly before midnight. if we do this we only need to walk around the airport with our backpack stroller and car seat.

2- We don't use the DME tag and pick up our 3 suitcases at bagage claim and walk from terminal A to terminal B with 3 suitcase a stroller and a car seat this is the scenario i'm trying to avoid...

3- Maybe i'm mistaken but if i understand right i think i read that there's a third scenario we could do, we could not use our DME tag walk from terminal A to terminal B with only our stroller and car seat go to DME desk and with a suitcase description they could go and pick up our suitcase at bagage claim and bring them to the DME bus, is that true? did i understand right? if i understood right would we be able to take our suitcase right of the bus when we get to Pop resort?

After reading my post i think scenario 1 sounds the best let me know if you have more idea or comments

Thanks for you help!

Rafale
Your choices are really 1 and 2.

The scenario 3 you listed I don't think is possible; I think what you have been reading about a bag description scenario is when your bag isn't tagged for some reason; they will locate it and deliver it later, not to you on the bus.

Scenario 1 is what the DME service is intended to provide, a "magical" baggage service, if it works for you and you arrive early enough. Landing at 7:45pm should be fine. You are absolutely right that you should pack essentials into a backpack so you have them with you.

Scenario 2 is less convenient concerning dragging bags around, but you do have your bags with you so you have everything when you check in. For cosnideration when you arrive during the day you may not need or want all your luggage. But when you arrive at night, you might.

One thing to consider is that the terminal A and B business is not as daunting as it may sound. At MCO all the actual gates require you to take a monorail into a central building, which has two sides terminal A and terminal B. You don't pick up your bags until after you ride the monorail.
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Option 3 would come into play for someone who didn't get their tags in time or who has more luggage than tags (you only get one per person). In that case, you would go to the DME desk and give them your claim ticket and a description of your luggage, but as jcarwash said, your luggage would still be delivered to your resort, not your bus.
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Hi guys

First thanks to everyone who post answers on here it really helps

I'm trying to figure out DME and what we should do we will have 3 suitcase, 1 stroller, 1 car seat and 1 very active little one.

We are Canada and landing at 7h45pm going to Pop my understanding is that our plane will land at terminal A and DME is on the other side of the airport in terminal B

Best thing for us if possible would be to have our suitcase with us on the bus so we would not have to bring extra stuff on the plane for when we get to the resort.

Our choices are:

1- We tag all of our suitcase with DME tag and pack extra clothes in our backpack and have are suitcase deliver to our room hopefullly before midnight. if we do this we only need to walk around the airport with our backpack stroller and car seat.

2- We don't use the DME tag and pick up our 3 suitcases at bagage claim and walk from terminal A to terminal B with 3 suitcase a stroller and a car seat this is the scenario i'm trying to avoid...

3- Maybe i'm mistaken but if i understand right i think i read that there's a third scenario we could do, we could not use our DME tag walk from terminal A to terminal B with only our stroller and car seat go to DME desk and with a suitcase description they could go and pick up our suitcase at bagage claim and bring them to the DME bus, is that true? did i understand right? if i understood right would we be able to take our suitcase right of the bus when we get to Pop resort?

After reading my post i think scenario 1 sounds the best let me know if you have more idea or comments

Thanks for you help!

Rafale
Welcome to the DIS boards!!! You seem to have done your homework here. Your best bet is going to be number one. Tag your bags. You will get a luggage tag for each person listed on the room reservation..so I'm going to assume that's three people. So, tag those bags. You are correct to pack anything you may need for bed that night in a backpack. Pop has some unreliable baggage delivery, especially at night. So...if I were you, I would pack one smallish carryon with anything your little one will need for the night and first thing in the morning...same for mom and dad. Then, when you get to the resort, ask that your bags be held until the next morning. When you get to your room, hang out the 'privacy please' hanger on your doorhandle..outside the door. That way no one is going to wake you up. When you get up in the morning, just call luggage assistence and they will deliver the bags..call them as early as you can.

So, you arrive on Side A of the terminal. It's not that big a deal.....just take the stroller, with the baby in it, carry the car seat and head to Side B..just across the middle area. Go down to level 1 (you arrived on level 3)..there are elevators just past the escalators and stairs. Take the elevator down to 1, hop off and walk down to DME. When you get to the bus, the stroller and car seat will go beneath your bus.

Easy peasy. BUT...you can not send someone to get your untagged bags and have them brought to the bus. They can get them sent to the resort though. But, I would just tag them and let them be handled as they normally would.

Hope this helps a bit. Any other questions, feel free to ask.
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