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Old 09-16-2007, 08:10 PM   #451
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Any updates on Disney expanding the hotels that are experimenting with USAirways as a participating airline. I am flying out on Wed. Dec. 12th and considering booking USAirways vs Southwest IF Beachclub Villas will be included.
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So, if I'm traveling with my DH, DS, and MIL, can we use Magical Express for all of our bags from MCO if we rent a car and my DH drives it (DS, MIL, and I would be on the ME bus)? We'd like to have a car to get to the parks, but we like the idea of ME handling our bags. Also, we can get a smaller car if we never have to put all of our luggage in it.


If we do resort check-in (we'll fly Jet Blue) and have a rental car, we won't need ME on the way back, right? Or the three of us could ride the bus and DH could drive. I have never used resort check in or ME before, can you tell? Thanks!
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So, if I'm traveling with my DH, DS, and MIL, can we use Magical Express for all of our bags from MCO if we rent a car and my DH drives it (DS, MIL, and I would be on the ME bus)? We'd like to have a car to get to the parks, but we like the idea of ME handling our bags. Also, we can get a smaller car if we never have to put all of our luggage in it.


If we do resort check-in (we'll fly Jet Blue) and have a rental car, we won't need ME on the way back, right? Or the three of us could ride the bus and DH could drive. I have never used resort check in or ME before, can you tell? Thanks!
Yes, you can use DME for your luggage if most of your party will be riding the bus. That's actually a good compromise. And a fun way to start the trip. And yes, you would be able to make do with a much smaller car that way.
For the return trip, you can check your bags at the resort, get your boarding passes issued, and then hop in your car when you are ready to return to the airport. No one needs to ride the bus on the way back.
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Old 09-30-2007, 11:08 PM   #455
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Hi Tyler. Thanks for all the info you've posted.

You may have already replied to a situation like mine, but I really don't have the time to read all 30 pages (and I'll probably forget the question by the time I'm done).

Mu flight out on 10/27 is at 7 am. This means I have to leave at 4 am. I get the impression from an earlier post that I would have to take my luggage on the Magical Espress transport to the airport since the desk is not open until 5 am. What if I check my luggage the day before (10/26), would they be able to process it and have it there and checked in for my flight the next morning (or ready for me to check it in)?
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Old 10-01-2007, 03:25 PM   #456
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I'm not flying till June 2008 and have a reservation already at the Poly and are planning on using the ME for both ways. I'm not sure if this is a dup question, so I apoligize if you may have already answered something like this.

First, I'm checking flights from out of Chicago and we want to fly out in the morning preferably between 7-8 am CST. and fly non-stop. A huge perk would be to sit near the front of the plane for both flights as we have 4 kids, last to board, first off, generally good. We'll be buying all our 4 kids a seat, even though the youngest is under 2 at time of travel.

Now I have been checking the various airline's sites and the different travel flight finders for flights. Suprisingly there are so few flights that would work for us. I see Ted/United, AA and US Air. Now the US Air flights are the cheapest, even though it's not cheap for a family of 6. But I'd be nervous to book with them, if they may not be participating with the ME.

So my first question: if we book flights with US Air and the ME test is over, can we still take the ME but pick up and check our own baggage?

2nd question? What do you know about those seat finders on the web sites? Most flights show all the same seats taken. how accurate is that?

3rd? My DM (Mom) is flying down with us, but is flying home on a different day. How do I book her seperate return flight doing this on my own?

4th? in 2005 I booked my own flights, had a travel agent do the room. This time I'm not working with one, or have one to use. Because of my concern for the flights, thinking I should get these booked now. do you recommend I use one or call for help? And how do I find a good one?

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I'm not flying till June 2008 and have a reservation already at the Poly and are planning on using the ME for both ways. I'm not sure if this is a dup question, so I apoligize if you may have already answered something like this.

First, I'm checking flights from out of Chicago and we want to fly out in the morning preferably between 7-8 am CST. and fly non-stop. A huge perk would be to sit near the front of the plane for both flights as we have 4 kids, last to board, first off, generally good. We'll be buying all our 4 kids a seat, even though the youngest is under 2 at time of travel.

Now I have been checking the various airline's sites and the different travel flight finders for flights. Suprisingly there are so few flights that would work for us. I see Ted/United, AA and US Air. Now the US Air flights are the cheapest, even though it's not cheap for a family of 6. But I'd be nervous to book with them, if they may not be participating with the ME.

So my first question: if we book flights with US Air and the ME test is over, can we still take the ME but pick up and check our own baggage?

2nd question? What do you know about those seat finders on the web sites? Most flights show all the same seats taken. how accurate is that?

3rd? My DM (Mom) is flying down with us, but is flying home on a different day. How do I book her seperate return flight doing this on my own?

4th? in 2005 I booked my own flights, had a travel agent do the room. This time I'm not working with one, or have one to use. Because of my concern for the flights, thinking I should get these booked now. do you recommend I use one or call for help? And how do I find a good one?

Thanks for your help.

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Okay, lets see if we can take these one at a time...

1. If you end up on a non-participating airline, you can just take your bags on the DME bus back to the airport. There, you will go up to the main level, check your bags and go through security, just the same as usual. If you are on a participating airline, you can check those bags right at your resort, and get your boarding pass..which means you just hop on the bus, with your carryon bags, and head right to security at MCO. Remember, anyone can use DME for their arrival to MCO...just put those yellow luggage tags on your bags at home, then when you get to MCO, go right to DME checkin, and hop on the bus. Your bags will show up in your room within 3 hrs. of resort checkin.

2. I believe you will find that in most cases, the first row in regular planes is set aside for minors traveling alone, or those with some type of medical disability. I have been able to snag the second row but not the first one. If the seating chart shows a seat as taken, or a row as taken, you can be sure they truly are taken.

3. For your mom, I would book her on a different reservation. When I fly down, there are times when my dd and dh join me later, but fly home together. I do myself and then do them together. So....when you book your family, don't book your mom. Then, when that booking is done, go back and book her her reservation. That way she doesn't have to worry about leaving at a different time/day. And it's just her reservation...less room to make a mistake on the airlines part.

4. If you've booked flights on your own before, go for it. I would book the flights as soon as you find what you want, at a price you can live with, and then add DME to the room reservation.

Hope this helps a bit!!!
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Old 10-01-2007, 06:20 PM   #458
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Hi Tyler. Thanks for all the info you've posted.

You may have already replied to a situation like mine, but I really don't have the time to read all 30 pages (and I'll probably forget the question by the time I'm done).

Mu flight out on 10/27 is at 7 am. This means I have to leave at 4 am. I get the impression from an earlier post that I would have to take my luggage on the Magical Espress transport to the airport since the desk is not open until 5 am. What if I check my luggage the day before (10/26), would they be able to process it and have it there and checked in for my flight the next morning (or ready for me to check it in)?
Currently all bags must be checked Same-Day.

There are talks about either opening the desk earlier, or allowing previous day checking. At this time it is just talk, nothing more.
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Old 10-01-2007, 10:49 PM   #459
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Okay, lets see if we can take these one at a time...

1. If you end up on a non-participating airline, you can just take your bags on the DME bus back to the airport. There, you will go up to the main level, check your bags and go through security, just the same as usual. If you are on a participating airline, you can check those bags right at your resort, and get your boarding pass..which means you just hop on the bus, with your carryon bags, and head right to security at MCO. Remember, anyone can use DME for their arrival to MCO...just put those yellow luggage tags on your bags at home, then when you get to MCO, go right to DME checkin, and hop on the bus. Your bags will show up in your room within 3 hrs. of resort checkin.

2. I believe you will find that in most cases, the first row in regular planes is set aside for minors traveling alone, or those with some type of medical disability. I have been able to snag the second row but not the first one. If the seating chart shows a seat as taken, or a row as taken, you can be sure they truly are taken.

3. For your mom, I would book her on a different reservation. When I fly down, there are times when my dd and dh join me later, but fly home together. I do myself and then do them together. So....when you book your family, don't book your mom. Then, when that booking is done, go back and book her her reservation. That way she doesn't have to worry about leaving at a different time/day. And it's just her reservation...less room to make a mistake on the airlines part.

4. If you've booked flights on your own before, go for it. I would book the flights as soon as you find what you want, at a price you can live with, and then add DME to the room reservation.

Hope this helps a bit!!!
Thanks Di,

It does help. I think I'll do a little more looking and try to get a flight on a for sure participating ME carrier. We really want that convience. And I think I'll do the 2 ressies 1 for my fam one for mom, that should work. I think I'll be doing it soon, getting nervous may not get what we want/need with one child under 2 and one child on the autistic spectrum.

Thanks for responding back and keeping up these posts. It really helps!
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Old 10-08-2007, 05:02 AM   #460
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Can anyone tell me how long before departure ME picks guests up at their resort for the return trip to the airport? I'm trying to plan our last day, and didn't see this mentioned in the first post.

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Can anyone tell me how long before departure ME picks guests up at their resort for the return trip to the airport? I'm trying to plan our last day, and didn't see this mentioned in the first post.

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About 3 hours before your flight time is when they will pick you up.
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Thanks so much, dburg! That's great news! It gives us at least a little time to do something on our last day.

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Just one to thing to be aware of...if they give you a time of, say, 6:00 pm to be back at the bus.....be there a good 30 mins beforehand. If you have left any bags, such as your carryons, with bell services, it could take a bit of time to retrieve them. And the bus leaves right on time...when they say 6, they mean 6! Not to show up at 6, but to be there for a 6 departure. There have been reports from people who cut it too closely and while they were off getting their bags from bell services, the bus left, without them!!
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Can someone please confirm if this is how the process works for a Southwest traveler?

Arrival
1. Check bags in @ Southwest counter (w/yellow tags)
2. Arrive @ MCO and go straight to the bus (bags will automatically be taken to bus by ME associates??)
3. Arrive @ hotel, check in and bags magically appear

Departure
1. I will bring bags to bus for loading
2. I will bring bags to counter for checkin

THANKS
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Can someone please confirm if this is how the process works for a Southwest traveler?

Arrival
1. Check bags in @ Southwest counter (w/yellow tags)
2. Arrive @ MCO and go straight to the bus (bags will automatically be taken to bus by ME associates??)
3. Arrive @ hotel, check in and bags magically appear

Departure
1. I will bring bags to bus for loading
2. I will bring bags to counter for checkin

THANKS

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