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Old 03-13-2010, 12:50 PM   #76
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Can we please keep this thread for questions/issues dealing with using DME for only luggage please? Questions and subsequent answers about other areas of DME are getting lost. Thanks everyone.
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Old 06-16-2010, 03:32 PM   #77
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Just wanted to chime in here for anyone who wanted to read about a real experience

To make a long story short: we rented a car at the airport and put the DME luggage tags on our bags. They arrived in our room aprx. four hours after landing.

To make a long story long:
We had a reservation for DME because we couldn't decide if we wanted to rent a full size car from the airport or a full size crossover from a resort at DTD (Airport: pro for location/con for car size. DTD: con for location/big pro for car size).

Two days before we left, my DH and I finally decided to rent the car at the airport. The decision mainly had to do with our 9 month old and our feeling that she would be more comfortable (and better behaved) in her carseat than in my lap on the bus (which is the same reason we bought her a seat on the airplane).

We didn't cancel our DME reservation, however and went ahead and put the luggage tags on our bags rather than picking our bags up at the luggage carousel (again, this decision had a lot to do with us carrying our DD and all her gear through the airport and not having free hands). We went right to the car rental kiosk, signed in, picked a car in the garage and were on our way. (As it turns out, it's a good thing we went this route. Between my daughter's carseat and stroller and all her gear, luggage for the four of us would not have fit into the car - hence my feeling about the con for the size of the car).

The process worked as expected and our bags arrived in our room about four hours after we landed at the airport.
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Old 06-27-2010, 02:46 PM   #78
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Just wanted to chime in here for anyone who wanted to read about a real experience

The process worked as expected and our bags arrived in our room about four hours after we landed at the airport.
Thank you for posting your experience!
I have a friend that "might" pick me up at the airport...
I'm gonna tag my bags and wing it.
If I can get a ride and be able to grocery shop and
get lunch at PF Changs then hopefully my bags will
follow me to BCV!
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Old 06-27-2010, 08:01 PM   #79
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RAC check-in question

We have an 8am flight out of MCO on 8/23 and also have a rental car. I am trying to determine if we can check in for our flight Sat night and give them our luggage and get our boarding passes....like 10pm so all we would have is a carry-on when we return the rental in the morning. Just trying to lighten our load............oh by the way we are staying at POP and flying JB which is part of the program
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Old 06-27-2010, 08:07 PM   #80
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You can't do that. You can only use RAC and check your luggage through the day of your flight; you need to complete that at least three hours prior to departure. With an 8 AM flight, you won't be able to check your luggage through. You can use Magical Express, and you can check in for your flight at Guest Services at any park or at Lobby Concierge, up to 24 hours before your flight.
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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.
I am doing this too. Does each of the yellow DME tags have a particular person's information on it (staying in your room)? I guess if all people are listed on the room reservation, then this makes sense.... If at least one person from the room goes on the DME bus, then all the bags still get to the room.
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Old 06-28-2010, 04:40 PM   #82
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I am doing this too. Does each of the yellow DME tags have a particular person's information on it (staying in your room)? I guess if all people are listed on the room reservation, then this makes sense.... If at least one person from the room goes on the DME bus, then all the bags still get to the room.
Each person should get one tag. That tag will have the main person's name on it (person who made the reservation) and it will also have that person's name on it. Example...there are three of us traveling July 31. We got 3 tags...each with my name on it, but each person got a tag with their name in addition to my name. My tag has me listed twice!!
It doesn't matter who uses the tags. Any bags with a tag on it will get taken to the resort indicated by the bar code. Then, at the resort level, it will be taken to the room number assigned to the lead person on the reservation. It's up to each group to divvy up the bags.
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Each person should get one tag. That tag will have the main person's name on it (person who made the reservation) and it will also have that person's name on it. Example...there are three of us traveling July 31. We got 3 tags...each with my name on it, but each person got a tag with their name in addition to my name. My tag has me listed twice!!
It doesn't matter who uses the tags. Any bags with a tag on it will get taken to the resort indicated by the bar code. Then, at the resort level, it will be taken to the room number assigned to the lead person on the reservation. It's up to each group to divvy up the bags.
Your answers are fantastic! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
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No problem..those of us from NE have to stick together!!!!
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MrsNick, thank you for posting your experience. We are hemming and hawing about what to do...it may end up being a last minute experience for us.

I would love to hear other people's experiences - both good or bad.
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Old 07-12-2010, 11:50 AM   #86
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I'm contemplating the same thing...i keep going back and forth over rental car vs disney transportation. if we rent a car my husband wants to send the luggage on with ME. (as we have a two year old with all the "gear" also. Have there been any reports of people loosing their luggage for their entire trip??? i would also love to hear people's recent experiences.
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I'm contemplating the same thing...i keep going back and forth over rental car vs disney transportation. if we rent a car my husband wants to send the luggage on with ME. (as we have a two year old with all the "gear" also. Have there been any reports of people loosing their luggage for their entire trip??? i would also love to hear people's recent experiences.
Truly...the only way you can not get your luggage is if the airlines misdirect it. Now..this is the issue with not riding DME buses yet allowing DME to handle your bags. In the vast majority of experiences, this goes just fine. DME workers see those yellow tagged bags come out of the belly of the plane and they grab 'em, then they get sorted by resort area, then by specific resort and then taken to the resort.
Now...what happens if the airline misdirects your bags. If you have checked into the DME area, and told them how many bags you checked, they know how many bags you have. I'm not at all sure how they keep track of them, but I'm told they do. So..if you have checked in, given them a total of 5 checked bags (which they note on your reservation), then when the bags get to your resort, the baggage people should know how many bags you 'should' have. If only 4 bags show up, but youi checked 5, they should start the search for the missing bag.....hopefully I say since I am not absolutely sure how they handle this.

But..if you don't checkin at the DME counter, the baggage people at your resort have no idea how many bags you should have coming in. When they get 4, they figure..yep, that's it, and deliver them to your room. If you were to head off to a park for the day, assuming your bags will 'magically' appear in your room, and you can unpack them when you return at park closing...well, you are going to have an issue. You are going to find you are missing a bag, and then start the search for it...and many hours may have gone by at this point.


Again...this is just a theoretical situation. I think we have heard of it one time so far, and we aren't completely sure what all the particulars were.
I really don't have any problem with not riding the bus, but allowing Disney/DME to handle my checked bags. I haven't done it yet because I always ride the bus...I haven't rented a car at the start of our stay yet and I don't use car services all that much.
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There is no need for debate...this is how it works, plain and simple.
OK, since I was told discussion needs to stay in this thread, I'm going to post my .02 here.

Yes, this is how the system works. BUT, IMHO, that's going against stated Disney policy. So why do people feel it's ok to go against Disney policy in this instance, but not in others (line jumpers, "old" mug refillers, etc)?
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OK, since I was told discussion needs to stay in this thread, I'm going to post my .02 here.

Yes, this is how the system works. BUT, IMHO, that's going against stated Disney policy. So why do people feel it's ok to go against Disney policy in this instance, but not in others (line jumpers, "old" mug refillers, etc)?
It is only 'sort of' against Disney policy. They allow it, same as they allow 'refillable mug' reuse, 'pool hoppers' and line jumpers.
We are not discussing ways to get around stated policy.....getting your 5 y/o child in as an under 3 child, for free, or trying to get on rides during EMHs if an offsite guest, or hanging out at the parks for the hard ticketed parties, without a ticket. That is what we mean when we say 'it is against board guidelines to discuss ways around Disney policy'. Disney has made it very clear that they have no issue with those who use the luggage delivery part of DME, but choose not to ride the bus. Now...to me, that makes them idiots. They are tagging those bags, then having Disney move them, paying to either rent a car or hire a car service, and then still have to wait around for up to 4 hrs for their bags to arrive. If it were me, and I were paying for transportation to WDW, I would leave my bags untagged and get them myself...sure, it would add about 15 mins to my time, but at least I would have my bags with me.

Disney can change this policy at any time. Until they do, people will still use the luggage delivery part only.
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We are not discussing ways to get around stated policy.
Really? Am I incorrect that stated Disney policy is "You must ride the bus to use luggage delivery"? How are you NOT discussing how to get around that?

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....getting your 5 y/o child in as an under 3 child, for free, or trying to get on rides during EMHs if an offsite guest, or hanging out at the parks for the hard ticketed parties, without a ticket. That is what we mean when we say 'it is against board guidelines to discuss ways around Disney policy'.
So you are picking and choosing which policies should be followed and which shouldn't be.

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Disney has made it very clear that they have no issue with those who use the luggage delivery part of DME, but choose not to ride the bus.
How have they made it clear? Because no one gets "caught"? Do all line jumpers/pool hoppers/mug fillers/etc get caught? I guess if they get away with it, it's ok? That's what it sounds like you're saying.

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Now...to me, that makes them idiots. They are tagging those bags, then having Disney move them, paying to either rent a car or hire a car service, and then still have to wait around for up to 4 hrs for their bags to arrive. If it were me, and I were paying for transportation to WDW, I would leave my bags untagged and get them myself...sure, it would add about 15 mins to my time, but at least I would have my bags with me.
I agree with you on this point.

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Change the policy to what? The POLICY is "ride DME and you can use the luggage service". That seems fairly simple to me.
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