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Old 08-09-2011, 10:32 PM   #136
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Smile Arriving by Amtrak then DME?

I did a search and didn't find anything about this although some were slightly similar but with different options...

So here's our plan:

- AMTRAK from NYC to Orlando AMTRAK Station
- Mears Taxi to MCO

Can I take the DME if I reserve ahead of time prior to arriving at MCO? Would there be any complications?

I am staying at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and have selected DME as ground transportation when booking.

Why am I not flying? I can't. After an injury after Desert Storm, my ears can't take the extreme cabin pressures anymore. Every time I fly, my ears feels like someone has taken a butter knife and started poking around in there.

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Old 08-10-2011, 06:56 AM   #137
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Shouldn't be an issue. Did you check the possibility of arriving in Kissimee?? I believe some say it is closer to WDW...you could take a cab directly to AKL from there.
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:33 AM   #138
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I recommend trying different options with the Mears Taxi Fare Estimator and/or the Taxi Fare Finder for Orlando.

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Shouldn't be an issue. Did you check the possibility of arriving in Kissimee?? I believe some say it is closer to WDW...you could take a cab directly to AKL from there.
Yes, going from the Kissimmee Amtrak station to AKL is closer than from the Orlando Amtrak station to AKL (and thus a lower cab fare), but Kissimmee means a later arrival time coming from New York.

If it were my money, I would probably get off in Orlando and take a cab directly to AKL.

Taking a cab to the airport and then DME to AKL will save the most money, but I'm not sure it's worth wasting the time.

Once I get into a cab at the Amtrak station, I would want to go directly to AKL instead of arriving quite a bit later just to save a modest amount of money.
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:52 AM   #139
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Shouldn't be an issue. Did you check the possibility of arriving in Kissimee?? I believe some say it is closer to WDW...you could take a cab directly to AKL from there.
I did check that but it's only a mile or two difference. Too bad I have already purchased train tickets a few weeks ago.

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Yes, going from the Kissimmee Amtrak station to AKL is closer than from the Orlando Amtrak station to AKL (and thus a lower cab fare), but Kissimmee means a later arrival time coming from New York.

If it were my money, I would probably get off in Orlando and take a cab directly to AKL.

Taking a cab to the airport and then DME to AKL will save the most money, but I'm not sure it's worth wasting the time.

Once I get into a cab at the Amtrak station, I would want to go directly to AKL instead of arriving quite a bit later just to save a modest amount of money.
Let me check with the wife if she wants to spend more time waiting for the DME or just cab it we did 2 years ago. Plus we won't be carrying a lot of luggage. It'll be just two airplane compliant small carry-on rollers.

Thanks guys!
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:41 PM   #140
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So we decided to try the DME and a rental car. Bad idea. 1 of the 4 bags did not make it. Of course it was my bag, and had all the bathroom supplies in it. Just completely ruined the first day of our trip. Hopefully it appears tomorrow
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Old 08-18-2011, 06:27 AM   #141
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So we decided to try the DME and a rental car. Bad idea. 1 of the 4 bags did not make it. Of course it was my bag, and had all the bathroom supplies in it. Just completely ruined the first day of our trip. Hopefully it appears tomorrow
Could you elaborate?? In the vast majority of cases, it is the fault of the airline for misdirecting a bag. The issue comes when a bag goes missing, the guest didn't ride the bus, and then when they realize there is a missing bag, a fair amount of time has passed and DME tells the guest the fault lies with the airline (which is most likely true) and the airline says it's not their issue, DME needs to deal with it.

'If' DME doesn't get all your bags to you, it is probably one of several scenarios....
1. they missed it at the airport, and that's easy to fix. Someone sees it and sends it along
2. they sent it to the wrong resort. Again, easy to fix.
3. went to the wrong room at the right resort....easy fix.

DME can easily track the bags...but you have to have checked in and told them how many bags to look for. If you rent a car, and subsequently are not on the bus (having checked in at the bus line), DME workers have no idea that one of four bags has gone missing...so, they never start looking for it.

It's when the airline misdirects the bag that is an issue. You are heading to Orlando, but your bag with your bathroom supplies has gone to Topeka!!! It's going to take awhile for the airline to fix that one.
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Old 08-19-2011, 06:52 PM   #142
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Yep, about an hour and a half after our plane landed, bell services showed up at our door. They asked how many bags I was expecting, he must have figured one was missing, as I had written x of 4 on each bag. Shortly after I posted I went down to the lobby to see what they could do for me. The bell man there said that my bag had just arrived and they were getting it ready to bring it. Yay, so after stressing out for a bit, everything turned out ok. Whew.
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Yep, about an hour and a half after our plane landed, bell services showed up at our door. They asked how many bags I was expecting, he must have figured one was missing, as I had written x of 4 on each bag. Shortly after I posted I went down to the lobby to see what they could do for me. The bell man there said that my bag had just arrived and they were getting it ready to bring it. Yay, so after stressing out for a bit, everything turned out ok. Whew.
Thanks for the update. Good idea to put the '1 of 4' etc., on the bags. That alerted them to a possible issue.
Glad you got the last bag.
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Old 08-27-2011, 11:40 PM   #144
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Thank you for clarifying....I was looking for this answer( i want to have all bag with me and couldnt remember if it was allowed and if so, what to do!)

I know weird....but i want all my *stuff* with me right away..I Know i am going to want to change right away after flying and dont want to lug all that onto the plane/ carryon..want as less as possible...

No tagging my luggage for me.


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Almost right!! Yes, you take any carryon bags with you to the DME counter and then onto the bus with you. If they are larger carryons, like a rollaboard, then the driver will put it under the bus.
Any checked bags that you tag with the yellow DME tags will be taken from the plane, sorted and put on resort trucks for delivery. You can expect them, in your room, up to 4 hrs after resort checkin. Later in the evening it usually takes less than that. If your flight arrived after 10pm, then your DME tagged bags would remain at MCO until the next morning, and then be delivered to you.
If you want to claim your own bags, at baggage claim, just don't tag them. When you get to MCO, head to your baggage claim area, get your bags and then head to DME checkin. Your bags will go under the bus. Keep in mind that any time a bus driver 'touches' your bag(s), they are going to expect a tip.
Hope this helps a bit.
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Old 09-08-2011, 08:07 PM   #145
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On our upcoming trip to WDW our flight gets into MCO @ 10pm on the nose. Because we'll be there by 10pm I'm assuming they will collect my luggage when I arrive, correct? If our flight is delayed even by 5 minutes---will I need to pick it up or is the deadline based on the scheduled arrival time rather than actual arrival time?
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On our upcoming trip to WDW our flight gets into MCO @ 10pm on the nose. Because we'll be there by 10pm I'm assuming they will collect my luggage when I arrive, correct? If our flight is delayed even by 5 minutes---will I need to pick it up or is the deadline based on the scheduled arrival time rather than actual arrival time?
I don't think I would take the chance. Baggage handling ends at 10, you arrive at 10....six of one, half doz of another. Do you want to take the chance that your bags won't get to you until the next morning???
I wouldn't tag the bags. I would just go to baggage claim and get them myself.
This is what I recommend for anyone flying in anytime after 9:30. Just too much room for error if you tag the bags and allow DME to move them. But, that's up to you.

That 10:00 time if pretty much set in concrete. The workers stop working at 10. If your bags start coming off the plane at 10:04, you may have an issue. I can't imagine that the workers are going to be standing aroud, waiting for late arrivals.
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I don't think I would take the chance. Baggage handling ends at 10, you arrive at 10....six of one, half doz of another. Do you want to take the chance that your bags won't get to you until the next morning???
So theoretically, this is what would happen if I left the bags? They would just get delivered once they started working again the next morning? Doesn't sound half-bad, especially considering we always pack at least an extra outfit or two in a carry-on.
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So theoretically, this is what would happen if I left the bags? They would just get delivered once they started working again the next morning? Doesn't sound half-bad, especially considering we always pack at least an extra outfit or two in a carry-on.
Yep, that's exactly what would happen. Smart you...you obviously know how to pack. We always recommend putting extra clothes in your carryon bag, as well as anything else you may need for those first hours of your stay.....just in case the airline sends a checked bag to Cleveland rather than Orlando!!!
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Old 10-12-2011, 06:05 AM   #149
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Both my flights say they arrive/depart at 12am on my reservation. This isn't the case. Is that just normal?

I booked my package through the US site, but I'm from the UK and now I'm freaking out that something will go wrong! I haven't received anything in the mail (but I've spoken to people on the phone and the site says everything about my reservation is ok).

What do I need to prove that I'm booked on ME anyway?

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It is not necessary to refrain from using the yellow tags just in case your flight is delayed until after 10 PM. The yellow tagged bags will be out there on the carousel if the DME folks have gone home for the night.

[I[/I].If y ou don't claim your bags when arriving after 10, there is no one at DME to take a count of your bags and file a claim with the airline if a bag never arrived.
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Both my flights say they arrive/depart at 12am on my reservation. This isn't the case. Is that just normal?

I booked my package through the US site, but I'm from the UK and now I'm freaking out that something will go wrong! I haven't received anything in the mail (but I've spoken to people on the phone and the site says everything about my reservation is ok).

What do I need to prove that I'm booked on ME anyway?.
Take notes and write down the name and city of the person you talked to. Use email asking for RSVP and confirmation to avoid phone charges waiting on hold. Do a print screen* of any reservation information, emails including unanswered ones, etc. pertaining to DME. DME does not take obvious walk up guests but I doubt they will split hairs in an argument.

SPecifically for the 12 AM time (they optionally chose to go ahead and process your reservation before getting real flight information and then move on to the next family's reservation), it is a good idea to call once to give them updated flight information but it's okay to omit that if it is not international toll free or domestic toll free as applicable. It's okay to be early or tardy or to dilly dally at the airport when you arrive

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