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

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  1. Altoqueenkelly

    Altoqueenkelly You gotta be original because if you're like someo

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    Thanks for answering this :thumbsup2

    I was one of those ppl back in 09 who was told you couldn't do this, no how now way.... now I know that we could have!!! :headache:
     
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  3. ruadisneyfan2

    ruadisneyfan2 DIS Veteran

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    Can't you use your miles to fly out of MCO? I think it's called an open jaw route.
    Using a RR with SWA we flew into Vegas (just to see the strip and Hoover Dam,) spent the week in Sedona, and flew home from Phoenix. You'd probably have to book by phone to do this with other airlines. I know with USAirways I couldn't do this online.
     
  4. Altoqueenkelly

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  5. goofy4tink

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    Yes, that's all doable. People do it all the time.
     
  6. Lehuaann

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    Posted question in new thread.
     
  7. macchayse

    macchayse Earning My Ears

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    We have early departure from asmu - our delta flight to LA departs at 6.30am. I have a question about checking in for the flight at our resort - is our flight too early to do resort check-in for the flight? If we can do it, do we leave our bags with them the night before, seeing as from everything I've read, we will have to catch DME at about 3.30am?
     
  8. ruadisneyfan2

    ruadisneyfan2 DIS Veteran

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    I'm sorry I can't answer your question but I would seriously consider staying at the Hyatt in Orlando Airport if I had a 6:30am flight. It's right inside the terminal and only a walk of approximately 100 ft to get to airport security.
    http://orlandoairport.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp?extCorporateId=

    We also like staying here for late arrivals. It's ultra convenient & clean. :goodvibes
     
  9. goofy4tink

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

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    No, you won't be able to check your bags at the resort. The RAC counter opens around 5ish...and you have to be completely checked in, boarding pass in hand, walking away, no less than 3 hrs. before flight departure. Generally speaking, you need to be on a flight that is departing no earlier than 8:30am to use RAC.
    And yes, you would be on the bus around 3:30ish. You may want to check into staying at the airport that night...it would mean you would get a bit more sleep..you wouldn't have to get up until about 4:30 vs 2:30.
     
  10. Miss Ang

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    We just returned from staying at Wilderness Lodge, flying with Southwest Airlines. DME was successful at getting our luggage from the airport to Wilderness Lodge without a problem. The day we were departing, they were only able to take 6 of our 8 pieces of luggage that was to be checked (we were at the counter right at 1pm, just before they closed for the day). The person at the RAC counter at Wilderness Lodge told me that the system had only been allowing them to check 4 bags per family all day but it allowed them to do 6 for us). It was a pain for us to have to wait in line to check 2 more bags once we got to the airport but I guess it was much easier than us dragging all 8 pieces of our checked luggage.

    I hope the entire DME problem is resolved soon and it's not something others will have to deal with.
     
  11. Christine9125

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    Does anyone know (I am sure someone does lol, that was a stupid question) when you check in at ME when arriving in MCO, do the lines to the busses say which resort that bus is for or do they just tell you what bus to get on? We are trying to surprise our kids with the resort and trying to figure out a way to do this
     
  12. goofy4tink

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    Yes, they do. Each line has a sign at the entrance that states the resort it serves. And when you get to the area, a CM will ask you which resort you want. And then directs you to the appropriate line.

    My suggestion would be to send one parent ahead, to explain to the CM. Then, when he/she has already asked which resort, and the parent has answered, the other parent can come over and the vouchers can all be scanned. Have one adult stand in front of the resort signage...it's not very big and should be easy to hide.
    Possibly the bus line CM may have an alternative idea for you.
     
  13. Christine9125

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    Thank you, the kids will find out tonight we are going to POP Century at Disney in 2 weeks instead of Myrtle Beach, but we are actually staying at the BC. I wanted to wait until we got to the resort and I will stand up to get off and they won't know what is going on. Then when we get off the bus, the CL staff will be meeting us. It is my 40th birthday so I have gone all out, but the kids are getting all the surprises. I figure if they say anything about the sign, I could probably get away with telling them it is the line the CM told me to get in for the bus.
     
  14. goofy4tink

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    You could do that...the whole 'well, this is where we were told to go, so this is where we're standing.' Then, when you get on the bus, sit towards the back. You can act all flustered and such until you 'decide' to just get off at BC and take a cab to POP. That should be a good surprise for the kids!!
     
  15. Christine9125

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    That is awesome, Thanks, didn't think about that
     
  16. ruadisneyfan2

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    I tried to surprise our kids last year that we were staying at WL instead of POR. I covered the part about the CM directing us and we got on the bus without a hitch. A tough part was when the bus driver asked, "Who's going to ________?" and named each resort the bus was stopping at. We cheered when he said WL and kids didn't get it but when he announced the arrival at POR, the kids wanted to get off the bus.
    Needless to say, it wasn't the big surprise I was expecting.... Oh well, they still LOVED it!
     
  17. jeankeri

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    Do all members of your party (room reservation) need to arrive the same day/ leave the same day to use ME service? Example- my mom will be coming in a day behind us. As long as she is listed on the room, she will be able to use ME?
     
  18. Horace Horsecollar

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    Guests on the same WDW resort room reservation can arrive on different flights and on different days. The system was designed with the knowledge that family members and friends from different cities share rooms at WDW resorts.

    The inbound transportation can be on of after check-in day. The outbound transportation can be on or before check-out day.
     
  19. jeankeri

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    Thanks for the quick response! I was pretty sure, but am glad for the confirmation before we get our flights purchased.:worship:
     
  20. thefigueroas

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    We just received our tags and vouchers for DME. I did not see the number listed for BAGS and the vouchers stated that "additional information about this service will be provided in your Transportation Notice". Are they going to be sending us something in addition with more information? I am flying Delta and need to pay for baggage for my return flight. We have used RAC before but only on Southwest so are familiar with RAC we just have not paid for bags before.
     
  21. Christine9125

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    They will put a notice on your door the day before your are due to leave, it will give the ME time of pick up and the number to call and pay for your bags
     

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