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

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  1. CleveRocks

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    You betcha! :thumbsup2
     
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  3. Mickiethepooh

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    I was told that I can use ME and bring my EVC just to let them know when I book, which I did , though I do not yet have flight info. coming in May.

    I wanted to know if there is anything else special I need to do or know about this? can the ECV be transported in the cargo hold and me in a bus seat? or do I have to ride the ECV the entire way?

    and do I have to wait for a special bus or would any of the busses be able to accomodate me?

    any other info related to this that I did not think to ask but that I might need to know?
    Thank you
     
  4. Chip 'n Dale Express

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

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    There are two options...

    If you're okay with the ECV riding in the luggage compartment, and can climb the 7-8 steps to get to the passenger compartment, then that is an option. (Although it's one that I don't particularly like, since it involves lifting the ECV into the baggage compartment, which can be challenging for one.

    Otherwise, over half of the DME fleet is equipped with a wheelchair lift. As long as you have that specifically mentioned on your reservation, you will be all set.


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  5. Mason7AK

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    We are traveling in Feb. with two adults and two children in wheelchairs. We noted on our reservation (via Disney online) under Special Requests: Wheelchair Lift, but can you tell me if one bus will accommodate both the wheelchairs. Or will we have to travel on two buses?
    Thanks!
    Angela
     
  6. IlovePiglet

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    One bus can accomodate two wheelchairs. Just be sure that DME has this in your reservation. Unlike Disney owned buses, not all DME buses have wheelchair lifts.
     
  7. OneMoreTry

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    I assume that DME can accomodate parties arriving from two locations at different times on different airlines that are staying in the same room.

    Correct?
     
  8. CleveRocks

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    Absolutely. ALL registered guests are entitled to the full DME treatment, even if they're coming from different cities on different days. Just make sure DME knows EXACTLY who is coming in when and from where, etc.
     
  9. clkelley

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    Another note, if the ECV rides in the cargo hold and you get on the bus either YOU or someone in your party must put the ECV in the hold yourself. They will not load it or unload it for you. We have done this many times. The cargo hold is fairly low to the ground and I have loaded ours myself by taking the batteries off. Also when my two sons are with us it is really easy.

    If you decide to use the lift make sure you remind them at every opportunity that you need a lift. (When you make the reservation, when you arrive at the Magical Express Counter, when you arrive at your resort, and call them one more time when your pickup time shows up on your resort door.)

    It might also be a safe option to schedule your return from the resort 4 hours before your flight. Leaving from the airport is no problem, you just wait for the next available lift bus, but on your ride back to the airport if the wrong bus shows up, it might take them awhile to send the right type bus. Of course, if you or someone in your party can load the ECV in the cargo area, then it doesn't matter what type bus.
     
  10. Mickiethepooh

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    Ok another question, if we decide to rent an SUV to transport the ECV ourselves, we will need it once in park anyway, can our luggage still go by way of the express? or do we have to be physically taking the transport as well? It would make it much easier if we just have to load the ECV and not collect checked luggage and load that AND ECV in car etc.
    so is that possible or not?
     
  11. CleveRocks

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    This is a matter that's been debated. Disney states that DME is NOT a luggage-only service, and that if your bus voucher is not scanned upon boarding the bus then your luggage will remain at MCO and will not be delivered to your resort. Some people have reported that luggage has gone through to the resort, anyway. Is Disney a paper tiger, or did people who's luggage reportedly went through simply get lucky and buck the odds?

    For me, the bottom line is that I wouldn't want to take the chance of Disney being accurate and them not sending my luggage to my resort. I have an offer from someone to test this out next November when I plan to visit next, with the promise that if my luggage is not sent he will go back to the airport to retrieve it for me. I'm willing to take that bet, because either way, I will have my luggage delivered to my resort for me (if not by DME, then by the person making the offer to try this experiment).
     
  12. Lewisc

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    CLEVE ROCKS gave you the official information. All the anecdotal evidence suggests all tagged luggage goes directly to your resort even if the guest doesn't check in at the DME desk.

    The fact that CLEVEROCKS luggage will make it to his resort without checking in at the DME desk doesn't change the fact that Disney might decide to change the system in the future to enforce the written policy.
     
  13. Galactus

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    Hi Tyler!

    I realize that you can only check-in (to depart) at the applicable Disney resorts for only Domestic flights. But what if my flight is one that is initially Domestic (flys to Denver) but whose ultimate destination is in Canada (Vancouver, BC)? Would I still be eligible? Does this matter?

    Thanks, Charles:cool1:
     
  14. MouseTrip07

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    I read on page one of this thread that there is a pilot program for Airtran as a participating airline for check in on the return flight at certain resorts beginning Dec 19. Can anyone verify this? We are staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge Jan 28-Feb 3 and are flying Airtran. We would love to be able to leave our luggage at AKL and not see it again until we get home.

    Thanks,
    Jennifer
    less than 3 weeks to our first ever trip to WDW
     
  15. Chip 'n Dale Express

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    Being a pilot program... it amy be available... it may not be available, as they tweak the systme. But more than likely it will be available.
     
  16. DisneyMomx7

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    We flew air tran on our January 4-January 9 trip and was surprised to find out that Air Tran was now participating. A bellman at the Polynesian told us when we called to check our bags. I hope it continues since we always usually fly AIr Tran. The bellman didn't tell us it was a pilot program, he told us that Air Tran just became a participating airline in the past two weeks.
     
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    Is AirTran a decent airline? My inlaws are thinking of using it.
     
  18. CleveRocks

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    I had no experience with AirTran until our recent November trip. No problems at all, as pleasant as air travel can be.
     
  19. DisneyMomx7

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    We've flown US Air, Air Tran and Southwest and I have to say Air Tran is my favorite. They've always left on time (weather permitting) and usually we land even before the estimated arrival time. The boarding is better than the cattle call at Southwest and we've always had courteous service. HTH.
     
  20. djw320

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    Does anyone know what resorts airtran is being tested at? Hopefully CBR
     
  21. bosox18

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    Just want to check and make sure this is no problem. We're flying in to MCO and will use the Magical Express to get to Pop Century. At the end of our stay, though, we're going to rent a car at the airport and explore some other parts of Florida.

    Is there any problem for me (leaving the family behind) to ride the Express back to the airport (no luggage in tow), pick up the car, then drive back to the hotel to pick up my family and luggage? Do I have to concoct a fake airline reservation to get a ride back?
     

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