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

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  1. DisneyGuess

    DisneyGuess DIS Veteran

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    Thanks for the info. It was for friends of mine who aren't arriving until that late. I told them to just get it themselves. I wouldn't my luggage staying overnight in the airport either much less spinning on the carousel for who knows how long! :scared1:
     
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  3. ruadisneyfan2

    ruadisneyfan2 DIS Veteran

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    We have an 11:15 arrival in Nov and the instructions in our ME packet say to retrieve our own bags and bring them to the bus.
     
  4. bluegrass

    bluegrass Earning My Ears

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    1)Our departure flight out of MCO is at 7:45 am. What time will our ME bus pick us up (usually)? Also, we will have 2 bags that will need to be checked and since the RAC doesn't open until 5:00 how can we do this? Should I take them there the day before? If I do it will be before we leave to go to the parks (7:30 am approx)as I will not be coming back during the day before their 1:00 pm closure.:confused3

    2) Also, how and when will I get my return boarding pass for my flight back?:confused3
     
  5. seashoreCM

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    Your bus will be leaving around 4:45. Be sure you have your Magical Express confirmation, if not delivered and correct at your room morning the day before checkout day, then gotten from the resort front desk said morning of day before checkout.

    You must bring your bags to the Magical Express bus platform. No other choice.

    Your airline may or may not have an advance boarding pass pickup via the resort concierge or resort business center computers or it may or may not have advance check in via phone. At any rate you will always be able to get your boarding pass at the airport.
    Correct, for actual arrival into Orlandol after 10 PM.
     
  6. CleveRocks

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    RAC can't be used the day before, it has to be same day, a minimum of 3 hours before flight time. Therefore, anyone flying out before 8:00 a.m. is ineligible to use RAC. As seashoreCM says, you'll have to bring your luggage to the bus; the driver will load them under the bus, and then will unload them for you at the airport, then you will bring them to your airline's ticket counter or curbside check-in.
     
  7. Susiesnowflake

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    I understand that your bags must be checked at the RAC desk at least 3 hrs before your flight. My flight departs at 9:35 am, so my bags need to be checked by 6:35 am. If I am there by 6:00 am, do you think I will have sufficient time? I am wondering how busy the RAC lines at the Poly are in the early morning.
     
  8. goofy4tink

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    Should be okay..it usually takes about 10 mins once you start the process. There shouldn't be muich of a line at 6am.
     
  9. E2ME2

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    A little off topic, but ME related-
    Do you have to use ME from MCO on the day of arrival of your flight, or can it be later than that. .... say if you stay with someone near MCO, and they take you back to the airport the day of your check-in, can you still hop on board with your luggage??
     
  10. goofy4tink

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    As long as your reservation is in effect, then yes, you can ride DME at any time. So....for instance...you arrive in Orlando on a Monday but stay with friends until your WDW reservation starts on Thursday. Your friends drop you at MCO on Thursday morning, and you head to the DME checkin area, with your bags. No problem at all. Just be sure you make that reservation.
     
  11. DisneyGuess

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    I know that our DME luggage tags will arrive seperate from our resort package Mickey Mail. I thought I read that our DME things will arrive by Fedex, is that right? Or does it come regular mail like the Disney package stuff?
     
  12. Horace Horsecollar

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    The DME packet arrives in a regular business envelope via U.S. Mail.

    My most recent DME envelope arrived four weeks before our travel date.

    If you don't have it two weeks before travel I would recommend calling DME Guest Services. Then they might use FedEx to make sure you get it in time.
     
  13. mamasha

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    I called about 3 weeks out and was told it was going out....never came...hoping all goes ok since we need to give ME our claim tickets...no yellow tags for us...not a magical way to start our vacation but hey it's ok we will be indisney later today:cool1:
     
  14. DisneyGuess

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    Thanks for the info!
    I guess I should have waited a hour before asking, lol, since our DME stuff was in the mail today!!!!!!! :cool1::rotfl:
     
  15. chirurgeon

    chirurgeon I am a delicate flower and need my sleep.

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    My flight home is at 7:35 pm. I am planning on spending the day in the parks (of course) I need to be out of the room by 8 am. Can I use RAC this early?

    TIA

    Kim
     
  16. goofy4tink

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    Sure....the RAC counter opens at 5am. It used to be that you could't use RAC more than 12 hrs prior to your departure time. But, some have said that isn't the case. You should be fine.....just take your checked bags with you when you leave the room, and get them checked at RAC. Then go about your day.
     
  17. txgirl

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    I made reservations for my family and my inlaws for our trip (we are here now!) we (my family of 7) drove from VA today. My inlaws are flying in from TX tomorrow morning ... And I forgot to schedule Magical Express!!! Is there anything I can do? Has this happened to anyone before?
     
  18. goofy4tink

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    You can try calling DME first thing this morning and getting them added..otherwise they won't be able to get on the bus.
     
  19. Tracy Becka

    Tracy Becka Earning My Ears

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    Hello:

    Question #1
    We have a party of 4. Three of us are arriving on one day and the fourth person is arrivng a day later. We are all listed on the room and have the magic your way tickets and dining plan like we are all arriving on the same day (Disney policy). Will be using Magical Express for the first three arriivng. Can the fourth person use Magical Express arriving a day later? How would I book that since Disney believes we are arriving on the same day.

    Question #2
    Will be returning to the airport via Magical Express to get a rental car and swittch hotels. I would like to stay at the park as long as I can. Can I make up a flight time or do I actually need to do research and try and find a flight that looks like it is leaving at 4 am so I can get picked up at 12 am when the park closes.

    Thanks.
     
  20. Horace Horsecollar

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    Disney's Magical Express (DME) is set up to allow guests in the same room to arrive on different flights and even on different days -- as long as the inbound day is on or after check-in day.

    You would make one DME reservation for 3 guests and one for 1 guest, providing DME with the correct arrival date and time for each guest.

    You can simply tell DME approximately when you want to depart from your resort to the airport. You don't have to provide flight details. (I've done this when we were going to stay at an airport hotel before flying home the next morning.) Some travel agents or Disney reservation agents may not know they can do this, which is why some people on this board recommend providing bogus flight details.

    Instead of providing false information, I would recommend making your DME reservations through the DME specialists at DME Guest Services (1-866-599-0951). Then it won't be a problem (and nobody will try to check you in for a flight that you're not really taking).

    You may want to look at renting the car on WDW property (Alamo and National) or near WDW property (all major car rental brands) with pick-up at your WDW resort. You could save a lot of time.

    Also, whether you're taking DME to the airport to rent a car or using a car rental service on/near WDW property, only one person needs to go to the car rental. Everyone else can still have fun at WDW. Be sure to get a parking pass when you check in at your resort; it will still be good on your check-out day for parking at your resort and for free parking at WDW theme park lots.
     
  21. Patty3

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    We are flying jet blue with a lap child. What does it mean that we need to go to JetBlue for checkin on the way home? I am confused. We have had the resorts print out our boarding passes before, not using DME. Can we still have our boarding passes printed but not our luggage checked? Can we still use DME?
     

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