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

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  1. goofy4tink

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

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    So, you check in on May 22, head to MK early on the 23rd...your checkout day. You are basically fine until midnight on the 23rd. But, since you'll be returning to the resort around 6 am, technically, you aren't entitled to ride DME....that option ran out 6-7 hours prior. But.....check at the front desk when you check in....there may very well be something they can do to help you.
    If not...I would book the Mears shuttle....$20 one way back to MCO. Then, you may very well just be put on the DME bus in any case.
     
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  3. Levenseller215

    Levenseller215 Earning My Ears

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    Thanks. I am hoping they will cut me a little slack once I am at the resort and tell them exactly what's going on.

    So, assuming they say no can't help, is booking Mears as easy as making a phone call and booking a one way trip to the airport?

    Appreciate the help. LK
     
  4. donp

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    Sorry if this has been asked many times--I tried to look through all these pages, but got dizzy . . .

    On my LAST day of my Disney vacation, I need to get back to the airport not to catch my flight that night, but to get a shuttle to an airport hotel that I will be staying at so that I can catch said airport shuttle back to the airport in the morning and hop on a plane--so my flight is actually the next morning after I have checked out of the resort.

    SO-how do I schedule that return trip when I link everything together with Disney Travel Company? If I put in my flight info, that will be for the day AFTER I am actually leaving the park. Do I just check the flights that leave MCO late on the day that I want to get back to the airport and "pick one?" and just carry my luggage on the bus? Is there a way to schedule the last evening bus that goes back to the airport without have to put in travel info?
     
  5. goofy4tink

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    I would plan on just calling Mears after you find out if DME is out of the question or not. But check on return DME when you check in...then you'll have time to call Mears. It's very easy.

    You could put in 'fake' info for a flight that leaves about 3 hrs later than you want to be at the airport. For instance...if you want to be at MCO at 8pm, find a flight that leaves around 10:30ish. You get picked up about 3 hrs prior to flight time.
    Or...you can just call DME and tell them that you need to get back to MCO but you won't have a flight booked....many people do just this thing.
     
  6. Jules123

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    First time DME user here. Our return flight doesn't leave until 9:20 p.m. I had planned on getting up that morning, doing RAC and leaving my bags, then heading to MK to spend the day. But I see I can't check in with RAC more than 12 hours before my flight, which would be after 9:20 a.m. I had hoped to be at MK by rope drop. Do I just need to leave my bags with bell services and then come back and do RAC before they close at 1?? Or just forget about rope drop that day and sleep in a little and then do RAC around 9:30 a.m., then head to MK?
     
  7. ruadisneyfan2

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    I would wait and check bags before heading to MK. That's just me. I would guess it would take an hour out of your day to return to resort mid day. Unless of course you normally do that to take a mid day break anyway.
    We like to get to parks early but we're not rope drop people. :laughing:

    I think there's no right or wrong answer and just a matter of personal preference.
    Looking at your signature, if staying at ASSp in June, I think I'd get to rope drop, then return later when the parks get busy. By noon it will be pretty hot & crowded. :faint:
     
  8. Alesia

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    I am pretty sure that is no longer the case.
     
  9. goofy4tink

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    I believe I've heard that they waive that 12 hr ruling when using RAC simply because of issues like yours. I would ask at the RAC counter when you arrive at the resort. They can give you the definitive answer, rather than us guessing.
     
  10. mskermit

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    I am a new flyer to Disney, we usually drive but doing a short sept trip. we are flying on spirit airlines, not on the list of check in airlines, is there anywhere we can print our boarding passes at Disney instead of at the airport?? I like to have everything in hand when I get there
     
  11. CleveRocks

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    as long as you'd be back at your resort before 1 p.m., then your plan sounds perfect. RAC requires that you complete their check-in process no later than 3 hours before your flight, so 1 p.m. would certainly qualify.

    But if I was in this situation, a few days before check-out I'd go to the RAC folks when they weren't busy and ask the question if you can use the service slightly earlier than 12 hours before your flight. Years back, I'm pretty sure I remember that the 12-hour rule was no longer in effect, but I'm not confident enough to report that to you. Maybe YOU can find it out and report it back to US? :-)
     
  12. CleveRocks

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    No problem! Just go to your resort's lobby concierge desk and ask them to print your boarding passes. Some deluxe resorts may offer a self-service area for this, but the lobby concierge folks at any resort will be happy to print your boarding passes. I'm a frequent Spirit flyer, been there done that.
     
  13. Jules123

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    I'll try that and post here when I get back!
     
  14. mskermit

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    great good to know thanks!! and they can add a carry on bag to that as well if we need to for me?? we are taking what spirit considers a personal bag to avoid the fees and now Im thinking what if we wanted to bring stuff home???!!! I don't think I can go to WDW and not bring things home for the 4 grandkids, oh well and myself :)
     
  15. CleveRocks

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    if you have a smartphone, you can go online yourself to pay for your carry-on; you don't need to print anything out to do that. You might want to go ahead and do that now just to make sure you don't forget. I think Spirit charges $100 for a carry-on at the gate if you didn't pre-book it.
     
  16. ruadisneyfan2

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    It may be cheaper to check a bag with Sprit vs. carrying on. At least it used to be.
     
  17. jcondrad

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    I understand you have to ride ME to get the luggage transfer, but do all of us need to? We plan on getting a rental car for our trip in December...there's 4 of us, my DH and DD5 and DS2. If me and DD can ride ME and have luggage transferred we can get a smaller rental car that DH and DS can take to the resort. If we have to take our own luggage we will need a larger SUV to fit strollers, car seats and luggage (we pack a lot :))
    We are ok either way I just wanted to ask before we tried it!
    Thanks,
    Jenn
     
  18. mskermit

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    yep 100.00 at the gate!! we bought small duffle bags that fit the size requirements of their personal item so no fee! im thinking if I buy stuff to bring home ill just buy a large bag and pay the carry on fee, probably cheaper than shipping it home. I cant go to Disney and not bring a ton of stuff home!! lol
     
  19. WDWRids

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    I've been reading the thread but haven't had time to read all - so please forgive me if this is a repeat question.....

    I am booking our flights today and looking at return flight time. This will be our first time using ME. If my flight is at 10:30 am and we are checking our luggage, at what time do I need to check my luggage with RAC and what time will I leave on ME to go to MCO?

    Thanks so much!
     
  20. ses1230

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    ME pickup is 3 hours before your flight. IIRC luggage check opens at 5am.
     
  21. Kathymford

    Kathymford A little obsessed is ok....right?

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    I am trying to figure out transportation for my Nov trip. Tell me if this plan can even be done or makes any sense.

    We are actually starting our trip this year at Universal (gasp!). So I was thinking of renting a car at MCO on the day we arrive, driving to US, return the rental car to MCO two days later, and then take ME to Disney.

    1. Can I even take ME on a day my flight doesn't arrive?
    2. Does it make more sense to just pick a rental agency at Disney where I can return my car?
    3. Or just nix the rental car and take shuttles from MCO and US?

    Any guidance would be lovely.
     

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