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

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  1. WETWHISTLE

    WETWHISTLE Mouseketeer

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    I'm not sure if this question has been asked, I didn't get a chance to go through the tons and tons of pages!

    I know that United is one of the participating airlines...but what if it is a United Flight that is operated by USAir? Should I assume that this isn't included?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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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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    Then it wouldn't count... as you would check in at the USAirways counter, and the baggage gets processed by them.
     
  4. rpclmc

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    Maybe I haven't read far enough yet, but we are on SWA (non-participating). We are doing land/cruise. From what I am reading, no worries on the way there. Put yellow tags on, check bag and will be in resort room upon arrival.

    Question is, (I have seen answers that flying SWA upon departure you handle your bags whole way). How about cruise. I understand we sit them outside our door night before depature from boat. Do we then collect them before getting on DME and then take them off DME and check them with SWA ourselves?

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  5. goofy4tink

    goofy4tink No tags...not needed! Transportation moderator Moderator

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    I don't believe the airline you are flying home on after the cruise will make any difference. DME doesn't take you from the port back to the airport...DCL bus will be doing that. Since I've never done a cruise I can't say for sure where the DCL bus drops you at the airport.
    What 'participating airline' gets you is the ability to check your bags, and get your boarding pass, the day of your departure right at your WDW resort.
     
  6. Pennykay

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    Is the Air Tran pilot program still in effect? Thanks!
     
  7. ILuvJimny

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    My family is coming to WDW this fall and staying at POP. We are still finalizing details, but plan to stay the first 3 or 4 days at POP, then rent a car for 4 or 5 days to go to Cypress, Busch, Universal and Kennedy, then return the car and return to POP for 3 or 4 more days.

    1st question is: Is it better to use DME to go back to the airport to rent the car or does it work out just fine to get in on site there at WDW? (If you say onsite, how is the best way to accomplish this from POP?)

    Next question: My husband is coming 6 days after my DS and I arrive and we will probably have the car and not be at POP by then, so we will pick him up at the airport. Can he still ride DME back to the airport with us at the end of the trip when we are back at POP with no problem? (We're on Frontier, so we can't send bags back anyway.)

    Thanks so much for this forum. You guys Totally Rock!
     
  8. clkelley

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    National and Alamo are located on Disney property. They have a location at the Dolphin and at the Car Care Center. Just check the pricing and if it is better use those locations. However, for convenience, using them may be better even if the price is a bit higher.

    Yes, your spouse will be able to use Magical Express for the last leg if you are leaving from Pop.
     
  9. HACAM

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    I have the same ? May be flying air tran in May.

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  10. DutchsMommy

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    Me too - and are the participating resorts still the same? I am at SSR and wondering.

    Thanks!
     
  11. safetymom

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    Tyler updates the main post when there are any changes.
     
  12. UConnJack

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    Same here. I know it has already been posted as only a pilot program through March, but I was wondering where this information came from, and if it is suspected it will remain permanent?

    Also, how is Resort Check-in reconciling with AirTran's 24 hr on-line check-in? Can you still check in online 24 hrs before, then check you luggage in at the desk later?

    Thanks!
     
  13. n2mm

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    Also wondering if Airtran includes Pop Century now?
     
  14. Chip 'n Dale Express

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

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    Check the first post in this thread for the list of resorts that have AirTran.
     
  15. WETWHISTLE

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    So I just got my Magical Express information in the mail over the weekend. So if I want to get my own bags after I get off my plane in Orlando then I just don't put those yellow tags on our luggage, right?

    I think I'd feel more comfortable if we got our luggage ourselves instead of depending on them to bring it back to our room.

    Just wanted to double check on here though!

    Thanks!
     
  16. CleveRocks

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    Yes, you're correct. On two trips, I thoroughly enjoyed skipping baggage claim and getting to my resort a little earlier (by not having to wait at baggage claim), but there's no problem doing it as you describe.
     
  17. WETWHISTLE

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    I also have a feeling that I can't use the yellow tags, either. We are flying United, but it's operated by US Airways...so we are supposed to check-in with US Airways even though our flight is categorized as "United" - Know what I mean?
     
  18. goofy4tink

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    It shouldn't make a difference how you fly into MCO. It only makes a difference when you are leaving your resort, returning to MCO. If you are not flying out on a 'participating' airline, you can not check your bags right at the resort and get your boarding passes issued. But, you can still bring your bags with you to the airport. They will just be put underneath the bus.
    Anyone, arriving on any airline (with the possible exception of international flights...not so sure with them) is entitled to the full use of DME. The yellow tags alert the baggage handlers and they pull these bags off before they can get to the baggage claim area, and then put them on DME baggage trucks for delivery to the various WDW resorts. Again, your airline, when you are arriving into MCO, has no impact on the yellow tag usage for checked bags.
     
  19. clkelley

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    International flyers can use the inbound luggage service also. They just have to claim their bags at the international carousel, take them through customs, then drop them at the conveyer that moves their bags to the main baggage area. At that point the "yellow tag grabbers" will get their bags and take them on to WDW.
     
  20. goofy4tink

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    Thanks for the clarification!!!
     
  21. WETWHISTLE

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    Oh thank you for the clarification! I thought that you had to be using one of the participating airlines to have them take your bags to the resort from the airport once you get to Orlando! I didn't know that it didn't matter which airline you are flying in on.

    I just feel like my luck something will happen with our bags, but maybe we'll give it a whirl...
     

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