Airline Check In Not Using Disney Transportation?

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  1. WaltD4Me

    WaltD4Me <font color=royalblue>PS...I tried asking for wate

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    I'm having an awful time with our transportation to/from the airport, ect....

    Here is the thing.....

    Our return flight is 6pm, we do not want to hang out at the airport for six hours, so we were planning on renting a van for the way home so we could take our time going to the airport. There are 11 of us and the van I reserved is a 12 passenger, but I am told there won't be any room for luggage, so now I need to know if there is airline check in on the cruise that will take our luggage to the airport? I thought the only way to do that is if we were using Magical Express, is that correct?
     
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  3. TLSnell1981

    TLSnell1981 Tiny bubbles... make me happy... make me feel fine

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    Magical Express is only for resort guests and does not travel to/from port. Disney does provide cruise transportation for a fee and it is required to use airline check in on the ship.
     
  4. WaltD4Me

    WaltD4Me <font color=royalblue>PS...I tried asking for wate

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    I'm sorry, I didn't mean Magical Express. What I'm wanting to find out is if we do not use Disney Cruise transportation, can we check in our bags from the cruise and will they be transportated to the airport...while we use the van that won't fit our luggage?
     
  5. Weedy

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    I have no idea if this will work or not. See if you can book transportation for just one person back to the airport and check the luggage for everyone under that name. Then don't take the Disney bus but take your van. The luggage goes before you do so it might work???
     
  6. ksucats

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    I suppose that is possible, but they might charge the going rate for that many bags for one person on the airline. I think after the third bag it hits 150 per bag or so. They are probably going to end up needing a second rental vehicle.
     
  7. kcashner

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    The requirement for using the on board airline check in is that you use DCL transportation.

    There is no mechanism that I know of to take your luggage from Port Canaveral to MCO if you are not on DCL transportation.

    It DOES worth the other direction--you can have luggage taken from MCO or a WDW resort to the port whether or not you use DCL transportation. The cost is $25 for up to 6 pieces of luggage. That's probably because DCL can secure luggage at the port. They have no mechanism to turn over luggage to the airline except thru the onboard check in system.
     
  8. WaltD4Me

    WaltD4Me <font color=royalblue>PS...I tried asking for wate

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    We are flying Continental so they are charging us $25 per checked bag each way anyway.

    I'm thinking we will have 6 checked bags. 3 staterooms, 2 checked bags per room. It would be great if I could just book one return through Disney and have them take the bags....is there any way to find out if I can do that?
     
  9. ksucats

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    That is for the first couple bags per person. Once you reach the limit, Continental (United) charges $100 per bag. If you only check one person in, all bags would be tied to that person. I think you are going to end up needing to rent a second vehicle.
     
  10. WaltD4Me

    WaltD4Me <font color=royalblue>PS...I tried asking for wate

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    Sigh... I was so happy to think I had found the solution to the 6 hours at the airport thing. :( I guess I will check out renting two vehicles.
     
  11. ksucats

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    Since one vehicle will hold all of you, I would look at the second vehicle just for luggage storage. Not sure what you are doing that day, but if driving anywhere near the airport, you could park the car somewhere with the luggage stored & then get everybody in one vehicle. I would think your luggage would be safe during the day.
     
  12. mmouse37

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    Ok...this is what we did...granted there were only two of us. We booked DCL transfers from the ship to the airport using the Onboard Airline Check-in ($35 pp one way) so we did not have to worry about bags and we were issued our boading passes in our cabin.

    We also had a late flight so we had pre-reserved a car at the airport (rental vehicle was $24). so, once we got to MCO we picked up our rental, did what we wanted for the day and returned the car before our flight.

    Yes, you would have to pay the transfers and the rental car but I bet you can get two smaller rental vehicles for way less than the 12 pax van. You would not be hassled with luggage as DCL would take care of it. Though not ideal due to the cost factor...may be another option.


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  13. ps17

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    YouI would think that you could also purchase DCL transfers, do the onboard airline check in so that you don't see your bags until you arrive at destination airport, but then when you get off the ship, skip the bus and go wherever you want.....
     
  14. ksucats

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    That could work, but for 11 of them that would be pretty expensive.
     
  15. bumbershoot

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    That's what I would do.
     
  16. ksucats

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    Not a bad option at all for 2 people, but 11?
     
  17. sayhello

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    I really do not think that luggage would be safe in an unattended vehicle during the day. Especially 12 people's worth of luggage. It's not going to fit in the trunk, so that luggage is going to be visible to everyone, including thieves.

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  18. ksucats

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    They are going to have to leave it in a car somewhere, unless they plan on remaining in the car all day. United only allows you to check the bags in 4 hours prior to boarding the flight. I would be comfortable leaving it in a car for half a day at the airport, but can see why not everybody would.
     
  19. WaltD4Me

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    I thought of this, but we probably wouldn't leave it all day, we were thinking of going to Cocoa Beach for breakfast, stop by the Welcome Center, then just meander our way to Orlando, stop at one Disney Outlet, have lunch somewhere....so it wouldn't be like it would be sitting in same place all day and when eating we could keep an eye on it.

    I wish we could do the check in through Disney but buying the transfers for 11 people just for the luggage is way too expensive.
     
  20. RMAMom

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    I think I would tell everyone to consolidate as much as possible so you have fewer bags, and make sure they are soft sided bags. Then I would tell everyone to plan to ride with luggage under their feet or in their lap. I think you will be fine, it's not that long of a ride.
     
  21. TLSnell1981

    TLSnell1981 Tiny bubbles... make me happy... make me feel fine

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    They will not transport your luggage, unless you are booked with DCL transportation. I went through this with Disney last June.
     

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