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Disney's Magical Express/RAC - What "Participating Airline" Really Means!

Discussion in 'Transportation' started by Chip 'n Dale Express, Oct 27, 2005.

  1. malificentsman

    malificentsman Mouseketeer

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    Any word on new airlines coming online or testing resort check-in?
     
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  3. Chip 'n Dale Express

    Chip 'n Dale Express Can't stay put!<br><font color=purple>I met lots o

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    Nothing official has been released yet.
     
  4. tms295

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    http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/business_tourism_aviation/2006/05/us_air_joins_ba.html
    "Disney and cruise vacationers traveling on US Airways will soon have one less travel headache: transporting their luggage. US Air is the 11th airline to join Baggage Airline Guest Services Inc. to partner with Walt Disney World, cruise lines and other hotels to provide baggage transport and remote airline check-in services."

    Any news on WHEN this will take effect???
     
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  6. mikey13v

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    We also had some problems checking in for our Alaska flight. We stayed at the Boardwalk, and tried to check our luggage at 7am for our 6:33pm flight.
    The problem that they had was that they did not have the right printer for our luggage tags. They had the Beach Club print our tags and had them delivered to the Boardwalk. We almost missed our Ohana' breakfast because of this.
    When we got to the airport to get our boarding passes (they could not give these to us at the hotel, I have no idea why), the Alaska Air agent said that we had 30 bags checked into there computer (we actually had 6).
    There is definatly some problems that need to be worked out, and I hope they have it fixed before we stay at POP in 4 weeks. I have a feeling that the service may not be so helpful there as it was at the Boardwalk.
     
  7. gichicdoc

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    Tyler (Chip n' Dale Express),
    Maybe you can help :blush:
    We are on a land package through Disney vacation for 3 nights at AK lodge and then on a 4 night Wonder cruise. Both booked seperately.
    I have two questions:
    1. Can we still check-in for our DCL cruise at the AKL before going to the port?
    2. Is it possible to have our luggage taken over on the shuttle (at 12:30 pm) even though we are hiring a private car to do the transfers from the lodge to the port. FYI- we are using DME for all of our other transfers (airport to hotel and port to airport).
    Thanks so much!!
    You are a true asset to this board!!! :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2:
    m.
     
  8. wahoolio

    wahoolio Earning My Ears

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    We just got back from a 6-night stay at the Polynesian. I posted this information in the "Resorts" forum, but I thought it would be helpful in this thread, as well, for those who may not be travelling on a "participating airline" :

    We flew on Air Tran -- not a "participating airline" for which check-in is offered at the resort. Moreover, for our discounted tickets, you couldn't select your seats online until at most 24 hours before the scheduled departure. No problem to make sure my family of 5 sat together for our trip down to Orlando, as I simply went online at home the day before our departure. It was only the day before our departure from the Poly that I realized I wouldn't have the same opportunity for our flights home. I went to the Poly concierge desk to explain my problem, and the woman simply asked for my confirmation number. Without further explanation, she went to the Air Tran website, entered my confirmation number, chose seats on both originating and connecting flights for all 5 of us (in the same row on each flight, 5 across) and promptly printed out all 10 boarding passes for me. I gave her a "Mahalo" and I was on my way.
     
  9. Califgirl

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    Any official word from Disney about USAirways? I'm hoping they will be on board by the time I fly to WDW in late Sept.
    The article about adding them to ME Service was from the end of May .. I hope it is still in the works to add them.
     
  10. tracys2cents

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    Can I check my bags in at Resort Airline Check-In at 7:30am All Star Sports, but tell them I want to take my afternoon DME bus back to the airport out of the Polynesian? :surfweb:
     
  11. CleveRocks

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    No, they won't let you take a DME bus from anyplace else than the resort you were registered at. Sorry. :sad2:
     
  12. gichicdoc

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    Can anyone answer this?? Never heard back from Tyler

    :wave:
     
  13. goofy4tink

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    1. I wouldn't think so. I believe, but could be wrong, that you have to book the entire land/sea package as a whole in order to do the 'one time check-in' thing. I'm doing 5 nights at BWV and then a 4 night cruise...obviously booked piece by piece. It never even crossed my mind that I could do that...only as a package.
    2. The DCL 'shuttle' is a service that is paid for. If you have booked piece by piece, as I have done, then you can still use it, but it has to be booked and paid for. So....if you are planning on using a towncar service, why would you pay twice? DCL shuttle is the same type service as DME is...people transfer, with luggage included, rather than a luggage transfer service.

    Now, be aware....I have yet to cruise or take any kind of transportation to and from the port. But, I am basing my 'assumptions' on what I've learned on the Cruise Boards. Hope you have a great trip..happy cruising!!
     
  14. Mike in NC

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    My family is headed south in two weeks. Any word on whether US Air is on board as a participating airline yet? That would be helpful.

    Thanks for the feedback.
     
  15. Chip 'n Dale Express

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    Check out the first page of this thread. If it's not listed there, it's not a Resort Airline Check-in participating airline. :)
     
  16. tomerin

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    we will be flying out of long island macarthur airport this coming july on southwest airlines. i plan to use ME. now here is where i am a bit confused. all i need to do is place the yellow luggage tags on my luggage when i check in at the airport and then when we arrive at MCO we just go to the ME desk and check in correct. then all i have to do is go to the resort and see if our room is ready and if not well of to the parks.

    i have been reading all about ME, if we can save 60 bucks on just one car service trip, i want to do so.

    i know i would have to bring my bags and place them under the bus myself and check the bags myself also. on the return trip that is


    i am sure this has been answered many times before but honestly the more i read the more confused i get

    thanks
     
  17. CleveRocks

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    Yep, that's pretty much it. Do yourself a favor and put the tags on at home, don't wait 'til you get to the airport. The next time you'll see those bags will be inside your WDW resort room. So at MCO, skip baggage claim, go right to the DME Welcome Center, then they'll tell you which queue to get in for your bus.
    Yep, pretty much. You get the bags to the bus, and the driver will load them under the bus for you. You actually won't be permitted to do it yourself.

    ENJOY!
     
  18. tomerin

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    CleveRocks---------------thank you very much :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2

    that extra money will come in very very handy
     
  19. sgmom

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    I found this information a couple of pages back and had a question for clarification... we will be picked up by DME 3 hours prior to our depature flight take off, but what does it mean "you can check your bags at any time"... and "everyone be at the desk in order to get boarding passes"... ok, this may sound silly, but is this done at our resort or is this at the airport?

    From the way I'm understanding it, we can go together somewhere and check our bags and obtain boarding passes - where is this? and then be picked up by DME 3 hours prior to take off for our ride to the airport... Does this sound right? :confused3
     
  20. goofy4tink

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    Yes, if you are flying home on one of those 'participating' airlines. If you are, then you can head to the remote airline checkin area at your resort, they will take your checked luggage, tag it, you'll show your IDs, you will be given your boarding passes. It is the same thing as checking in at the airport. So, when you do get to the airport, you just head right to security. You have to be able to checkin at least 3 hrs before your flight. So...if you have a 6:00 am flight, you won't be able to do it because the checkin desk is open from about 5 am to 1 or 2 pm.
    Then, once you have checked your bags, gotten your boarding passes, you can head out and 'do your thing' so to speak. Just be sure to leave some extra time to go to bell services to pick up your carryon stuff. This can take up to 25 minutes if there are a lot of people leaving at the same time you are.

    If you are not flying on a 'participating' airline, just leave your bags with bell services until it's time to head home. Then, 30 minutes before your are scheduled to be at the DME bus stop, head back to bell services, get your bags, and then go to the bus area. Your bags will be stowed underneath the bus. When you get to the airport, you just go to checkin as usual.
     
  21. sgmom

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    Thanks for the info.! At departure flight isn't until 10:30 am, so sounds like we will be able to take advantage of this. If we do check our luggage at the resort checkin and obtain our boarding passes, then at what time would we need to be at the DME bus stop?

    Wait a minute, did I just confuse myself again? We can do the resort checkin (We are flying United / Ted) any time of the morning after 5 am and leave our bags. Then be at the DME bus stop for pickup at 3 hours prior to our depature? (or 7:30 in our case). I'm trying to remember everything! Did I get it right? :yay:
     

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