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

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  1. angboys3

    angboys3 stuff and fluff

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    The easiest thing to do is to give the reservations folks a flight number that is scheduled about 3 hours before you wish to return to the airport. It doesn't matter where it is going. Then you will receive a pickup time and will load your luggage under the bus. When you arrive at the airport, you can then proceed to the shuttle for your airport hotel. Or just go upstairs if you are staying at the Hyatt.

    We really would like to hear what your experiences were when you stated that "baggage delivery was a disaster"
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    First we didn't get bags till middle of the night, even though we didn't arrive that late in the afternoon and we were still missing one bag that they lost. It took at least another day to get that bag. Luckily it was a bag from one of my twins and he was able to wear this brother's clothes.

    We saw some people who just went and got their own bags and loaded it on the bus so we will definitely just do that next time.
     
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  3. clkelley

    clkelley <font color=purple>I squealed really loud!!<br><fo

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    I'm so sorry that happened. If Disney misplaced the bags, then yes, that was a major horror story.

    However, if it was the AIRLINE that misdirected the bags, then Disney was doing their job in taking care of it for you. If you claim your own bags and the airline has misdirected them, then YOU waste precious vacation time at the airline claim office (with rather grumpy personnel), and precious vacation time on the phone continually checking with them to locate your bags and get them delivered to you.

    If you use the Yellow tags and properly packed carryons (24 hours of stuff for each of you), then Disney does all the legwork for you and you can enjoy your vacation.
     
  4. Uncle Remus

    Uncle Remus Raconteur / can't name 'em Jeb

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    Yikes, there's a lot of replies in this thread. :scared:

    Simple question:

    If I'm returnin' from MCO thru DME and American Airlines, can I make arrangements to pay the baggage fee at the resort baggage check-in for my departin' flight?

    I'm sure this has been answered in this thread, but the dang search function here is wacky at times. :rotfl:
     
  5. goofy4tink

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

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    No, any checked bag fees have to be paid before you get to the RAC desk at the resort. They, RAC, are not setup to take any type of payments. You will be given a phone number to call in order to pay any checked bag fees in your DME departure notice that is provided the day before your departure.
     
  6. Uncle Remus

    Uncle Remus Raconteur / can't name 'em Jeb

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    I love you Mods here at DIS, you folks are so knowledgable!! :thumbsup2
    Thank you so much. :goodvibes

    btw, I just booked my first 2 reservations in my new DVC. :yay:
     
  7. postesf

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    Good Day!

    Does anyone have the phone number for the ME reservations? I can't seem to find it.

    I need to call and add us. DH will be coming from RDU and can use the tags, but I am coming from Mexico... assuming that means I will have to pick up my luggage and bring it with me???

    Thanks!
     
  8. clkelley

    clkelley <font color=purple>I squealed really loud!!<br><fo

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    You CAN still use the tags even from Mexico, however, you WILL claim your luggage at customs, then go through customs, then you put your bags on another belt at customs and that is when DME luggage pickup takes over. You won't have to claim them again at the main terminal.

    On the trip back to the airport, if going to Mexico, you probably won't be able to use RAC.

    Someone else will have to give you the phone #, can't find it right off.
     
  9. goofy4tink

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

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    You should be calling whomever you booked your WDW resort stay through. They are the ones who make the DME reservation for you, not DME specifically.
    Each person on the room reservation will get two luggage tags. I believe that after you clear customs, you can send your tagged bags on and DME will take them for you, without your having to lug them around. But, you may wish to take them yourself.
    But do call whomever you booked your resort stay with first, to make the DME reservation.
     
  10. Caribbeanprincess

    Caribbeanprincess Princess of the Caribbean Seas

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    Just reading the first page I have a question, I'm a little afraid of losing my bags, can I really just pick them up at luggage claim and take them to the DME desk?
     
  11. Chip 'n Dale Express

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    Yes. Do not use the yellow tags, and they will appear on the carousel. You will then take them aboard the bus. Please remember that gratuities are not included for the bus driver or bell services when you go this route.
     
  12. Jaymie

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    Does anyone know the RAC/BAGS phone number that I'll need to call to pay for my baggage? I won't be using DME but I will be using RAC and don't want to have a problem.
     
  13. sunstress

    sunstress Going Goofy - again! - in 2013

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    I just wanted to thank all of you for this thread -- there's so much great information on it!
     
  14. goofy4tink

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    I don't know the number. But, you should be able to get it from the DME/RAC counter at the resort.
    The really strange thing is this....I thought I would have to get a replacement voucher for my ride back to the resort. Now, I had never given it too much thought before this but now I've started thinking about it....when I asked at the RAC/DME counter what I needed to do in order to get a voucher issued (a replacement one), I was told to go out to the valet stand, in front of the resort, and have them print one up for me. This would lead me to believe that the two entities really are two entities, not the one as WDW would have us believe. Just an observation.
     
  15. Kathi OD

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    Kinda late, but I just saw the post. 407-284-1231
     
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    moved to transportation board as seperate thread
     
  17. jeanylaser

    jeanylaser Embassy Suites Orlando-Lake Buena Vista big fan

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    i'm confused that Southwest wasn't in the Participating Airline for DME!What is that! Please explain to me!
     
  18. CleveRocks

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    It will be best if you go to the first page of this "sticky" thread and read the first post ... it FULLY explains the answer to your question.

    Very briefly, "participating airline" only has to do with the way home. On the way home, you will need to take your luggage to the airport with you (just like every other time you fly). That's all it means.

    But seriously, help yourself by going to the first page of this thread and read that first post ... it should answer all of your questions.
     
  19. goofy4tink

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    All guests, no matter what airline they arrive at MCO on, are entitled to ride the DME bus to their Disney owned resort. Shades of Green, the Swan and the Dolphin are not eligible resorts for DME..not owned by Disney.
    Just tag your bags with those yellow DME luggage tags when you pack your bags at home. Check them at your home airport and say goodby to them. You will see them again in your resort room..could be three-five hours after resort checkin though.

    Now....here's where 'participating' applies. When you are ready to go home, if you are flying home on a 'participating' airline, you are able to check your bags right at the resort, and get your boarding passes issued at the same time. You can use this service no matter how you are returning the MCO...you can ride the DME bus, you can take your rental car, or use a cab or a car service...doesn't matter.
    Every guest is able to ride the DME bus back to the airport. When flying Southwest, you just take your checked bags to the bus with you. The bags are stowed underneath the bus, you get on and go to MCO. When you get to the airport, you get your bags, and then checkin the way you used to..same as at your home airport.

    Again...'participating' airlines only applies to the RAC service (remote airline checkin)..it does not apply to DME. These are two different services...although Disney sort of puts them together which tends to confuse guests.
    Hope this helps.
     
  20. Elysiannn

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    Hi - just wondering. If I am flying out of Orlando Int. Airport at 8:23 a.m. - can I get the DME to Orlando 6 a.m? Thanks in advance. Ely
     
  21. goofy4tink

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    You do not get to tell them what time you want to leave. They will ask for your flight info. With a flight leaving at 8:23 a.m., you will most likely be given a pickup time of about 5:30ish. The RAC desk opens at 5 am so you will be able to check you bags and get boarding passes at that time, if you are flying out on a 'participating' airline.
     

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