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Old 07-01-2009, 03:13 PM   #31
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We are renting a car and would love to to DME because it is just so darn convienent and DD loves the DME bus.

So if DH picks up the rental car and does not ride the coach from MCO, Disney is OK with transporting all of our luggage?

In other words at least one person in your party needs to ride the bus to comply with Disney's policy.

If we choose NOT to comply with Disney's policy (which we prob will comply because DD likes the bus) as long as our luggage has been tagged with the yellow labels it will make it to the resort.

On the way back to MCO we prob won't use the DME, unless the rental is too small to fit us plus our luggage. We'll make it fit!
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Old 07-01-2009, 03:15 PM   #32
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Becca, won't be an issue at all. Your dh can get the rental car, while you and your ds ride the bus. Tag all the checked bags, Disney will take them to the resort for you.
For your return, what airline are you flying home on? If it's a participating airline, you can get rid of those checked bags right at the resort....no need to try and stuff them into the rental car.
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Old 07-01-2009, 05:46 PM   #33
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Thanks for the help! We are flying Southwest, unfortunately a non particpating airline. We still love flying Southwest it is the only non-stop flight from New Orleans AND we can check bags with no charge! Last trip they didn't even charge for DH's golf bag!
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Old 07-14-2009, 01:04 AM   #34
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Ok, sorry but I am a bit lost, I scheduled a Limo service at arrival as its a little treat for my family to get things started.....If we do NOT get our bags and they do have the yellow tags on them DME WILL pick them up and deliver them to our resort right?? I just don’t want them “lost” during our trip and we have no clothes….The not having to lug them around the airport does sound VERY nice….

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Ok, sorry but I am a bit lost, I scheduled a Limo service at arrival as its a little treat for my family to get things started.....If we do NOT get our bags and they do have the yellow tags on them DME WILL pick them up and deliver them to our resort right?? I just don’t want them “lost” during our trip and we have no clothes….The not having to lug them around the airport does sound VERY nice….

TIA….
The purpose of this thread is to try and explain what the policy is regarding using DME for luggage transfer only.
Disney will tell you that you must ride the bus in order to have your luggage delivered..that DME is not a luggage transfer service. It is basically a 'perk' of using DME and the bus.
Many have tagged their bags and then used some othr mode of transportation to their resort, with their luggage arriving just fine. Some of us have an issue with the situation where the airline looses, or misdirects, some of your luggage. You haven't checked in at the DME counter, they have no idea you have arrived and how many bags you have checked, so they don't know that you should have 4 bags but only 3 arrived. So, they won't be looking for that bag. So....worst case scenario is that you get to your resort at, lets say noon, get checked in and then head off to a park for the day. You return around 9pm, get to your room and you find that you have 3 bags sitting there, not 4. So you all the front desk.
Now, at this point no one is really sure what happens. You haven't 'used' DME in the manner you were supposed to, so is Disney/DME liable for tracking your bags?? We don't know. I'm sure this situation has occured but no one here has told us about it. Don't forget, only a very small percentage of WDW guests actually read and post on these boards.

So...long story short....if you tag your bags, DME will grab them and deliver them for you. But, all bets may be off if the airline misdirects a bag. It's up to you to decide how you want to do things.
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Old 07-29-2009, 09:41 PM   #36
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What if we arrive after 10pm?
We could pack a carry-on for the first night and day, but since it is after 10pm will there not be anyone to pull the bags? I don't want them to sit in limbo overnight, but it would be nice to skip picking up the bags...
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Old 07-29-2009, 11:54 PM   #37
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They WILL sit 'in limbo' overnight. There will be no CMs pulling DME-tagged luggage after 10 PM. It will go on the carousel. Unclaimed luggage will go to the unclaimed luggage office (if it doesn't get 'acquired' first).
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What if we arrive after 10pm?
We could pack a carry-on for the first night and day, but since it is after 10pm will there not be anyone to pull the bags? I don't want them to sit in limbo overnight, but it would be nice to skip picking up the bags...
DME luggage handlers all go home at 10pm..they turn off the lights, lock the doors, clock out and head home. There is no one there to handle any tagged luggage. So..it will go to the baggage carousel, until an airport worker takes it away, where it will sit until the next morning, when a DME worker will claim it. Then, it will make it's way to the appropriate resort.
There is no way I want my checked luggage hanging around the airport, unclaimed, for 8 hrs. So, if I were arriving anytime after 9:30, I would be getting my own luggage.
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If you got tags for pop, and then were upgraded to ssr. Would you need new tags or will my bags show up at the right room?
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Old 08-09-2009, 10:41 AM   #40
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Has any fellow DIS'ers done this before, if so everything work out??
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Old 08-09-2009, 04:51 PM   #41
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Hope this is not a stupid question. Next year My husband and I will be traveling to WDW with my mother and brother. We are all arriving together and using a car to get to the resort. The issue is my mother and brother are lreturnig home a few days before us. Can I make a one way reservation on DME for them. They are flying Southwest and will just have carry on. Thanks in advance
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Old 08-09-2009, 05:29 PM   #42
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Absolutely, not a problem. The easiest way to do that is when you get to your resort, tell them when your family members are leaving and what flight numbers, then they can print them out bus tickets right at the resort.

OR if you want to take care of it ahead of time, just reserve your entire party roundtrip with the date your family members are leaving as the departure time, then discard the unused boarding tickets.
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Old 08-13-2009, 04:50 PM   #43
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A couple questions....

My flight home departs at 10am...so Me pick up is about 7am. When do I have to check my bag at the resort? Can it be at 7am?

I am flying ATA and must pay for my checked bag. How do I pay for it if I want to check it at the resort?
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Cannot be at 7 AM. You need to be at the Magical Express bus stop fifteen minutes before your assigned time. That's when the bus leaves your resort, not when it arrives. Plus, your transaction with the RAC personnel - especially your bags checked - has to be completed more than three hours before your flight departs.

You need to allow another fifteen minutes to half hour to check your luggage and check in for your flight - more if the resort is busy.
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Old 08-14-2009, 12:04 AM   #45
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I am flying ATA and must pay for my checked bag. How do I pay for it if I want to check it at the resort?
I hope you're not flying ATA. That airline went bankrupt and shut down last year. See http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23933230/

I hope you mean another airline, such as AA or AirTrans.

For anyone required to pay for checked bags, it's a simple matter of calling BAGS Inc., the company that operates RAC, with a credit card number before you check your bags at the RAC counter.

You'll get the phone number and instructions (under your room door or hanging on your doorknob), along with your DME pick-up time, the day before you check out.
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