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

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  1. ACDSNY

    ACDSNY I love my job! I love my job! I love my job!

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    Do I need to contact DVC MS to cancel or will it get cancelled automatically?

    I would of thought my DVC confirmation would of mention this, since I supplied my DVC reservation number and arrival and departure dates and flights.

    Thanks for the info, at least I know ahead of time I need to make other arrangements.
     
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  3. the Fidge

    the Fidge <font color=blue>I miss standing like the statue o

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    ok I am looking into Airtran as their rates for my area are great. Is this a participating ariline and sorry if this is overkill, what does or doesn't this mean?

    Thanks!
     
  4. goofy4tink

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

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    Anyone, flying into MCO on any airline, can use DME for transportation to their resort (with the luggage delivery service) and then back to MCO from their resort at the end of their trip. Now, if you are flying a 'participating' airline (and at this point I'm not sure if AirTran is one), you can check your luggage through to the airport and get your boarding passes at the resort. Your luggage is shipped to the airport and you go about your business until it's time to board the bus back to MCO, then go straight to security..no need to check in as you have done it already back at the resort.
    IF your airline is not a 'participating' airline, it just means that you can't check your luggage at the resort or get yourselves checked in. You would take your luggage, with you, on the bus. Then check it, as usual, at the airport. That's the only difference.
     
  5. the Fidge

    the Fidge <font color=blue>I miss standing like the statue o

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    Thank you very much that is much clearer to me now.
     
  6. 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 out the first post in this thread. It will tell you everything you need to know :)
     
  7. Dopey Sharon

    Dopey Sharon Proud Mimi of our first grandchild, Lily

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    I read, on another site, that Southwest was now a participating airline.

    Can anyone confirm this?

    TIA :)
     
  8. mickey mommy

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    I hope you are right. :sunny:
     
  9. Chip 'n Dale Express

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

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    Southwest does not participate in the Resort Airline Check-In Desk.
     
  10. Dopey Sharon

    Dopey Sharon Proud Mimi of our first grandchild, Lily

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    Thank you, Tyler. :)

    Although I would have rather had a different answer! ;)
     
  11. mikey13v

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    I know many of you don't care that Alaska Airlines is now on the list, they only have 2 flights a day at MCO to/from Seattle.
    But it is the airline that has Mickey on the tail of a couple of its planes, as well as tink on the 50th celebration decorated plane.(flys from Seattle to Orange County California(DL))

    Hope you all get your airlines added. I fly Alaska exclusively, and I'm psyched!!
     
  12. goofy4tink

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

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    I think it's terrific!! I love flying into SeaTac and being able to see all the 'eskimo' planes. I'll never forget the first time my 4 y/o dd saw one!!! Way to go Alaska Airlines!!!
     
  13. seashoreCM

    seashoreCM All around nice guy.

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    Probably a tough question but -- Did Alaska pay Disney to use trademarked material for decoration, or did Disney pay Alaska for advertising space?

    If it cost money to "participate" for example hook into the baggage check in process, payments associated with the first question might offset these costs.
     
  14. mikey13v

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    Alaska Airlines and Disney have parntered up for a long time now. Orange County(SNA), Long Beach(LGB), and LA(LAX) all have a lot of Alaska flights, so Lots of Disneyland promotions, kids fly free and stuff like that. I think that Alaska Air has actually been name Disneylands offical Airline.

    As far as 'resort airline check-in', you can only actually use it for 1 flight a day. There are 2 Alaska flights out of MCO a day, first one around 7AM, and second aroun 6PM. The 7AM flight is too early in the morning for RAC, so the 6PM one is it. I would assume that the fees for each airline is somehow based on the amount of passengers that will be using it. I really don't know, but that just seems to make sense. But I could see the relative importance of Alaska becoming part of this, strengthening their lucrative partnership with Disney, and possibly helping with expanding this market by adding more flights in the future.

    Alaska Airlines is a major player in the industry, but only on the west coast of the North America. They serve Alaska, Canada, Western continental US, and Mexico; with few flights to Chicago, D.C., Orlando, and Miami. They are very big in Seattle, Portland, LA, and Mexican Vacation Destinations.
     
  15. JanetMom

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    How early does ME start running?

    I'm hoping to book our trip soon to WL in February 2007. I'm coming from Toronto and would like to fly WestJet which only has 2 flights a day. The timing to Orlando is perfect but the timing home isn't great.

    For my flight home from Orlando, I need to choose between a 7:00am flight, or a 9:15pm flight. If I choose the 7:00am flight would ME run that early, and what awful time would I leave the resort at?

    I guess I could do the 9:15pm flight but it seems like a lot of time to fill after check out. We hope to stay at WL CL, so that would be a bit of help hanging around the resort, since we could hopefully use the CL lounge after check out.

    What are the expert opinions on these options?
     
  16. CleveRocks

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    DME is a 24/7 operation. They never close. A 7:00 a.m. flight means that your scheduled pick-up time at your resort would be around ... {sit down, please} ... 4:00 or 4:15 a.m. :guilty:
     
  17. JanetMom

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    :sad2: Yuck - that is what I thought. :sad2:

    Air Canada, here we come. They cost more and have poorer service, but at least they offer more flights per day.
     
  18. Davy Jones 16

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    Read through the thread and still not sure. We leave on Friday and are booked with a group of 11 families flying in for a baseball tournament. We had to give all of our flight information to our Disney travel planner and we are staying at POR. We have not received vouchers or the tags. Our trip is confirmed (booked through Disney Sprorts Travel) but we have no tangible confirmation. We will grab our bags (what I wanted to do anyway) and I assume the DME welcome desk has a computer and can look up our reservation. Help. We leave in 2 days!!
     
  19. CleveRocks

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    If you were planning all along to grab your own bags at baggage claim anyway, then, as you know, it's no loss that you don't have your DME tags. In fact, if you did and 'accidentally" put them on some of your bags, that would have actually caused a problem for you! [But just for the record, even without DME tags you CAN still skip baggage claim and have your bags automatically delivered to your room, anyway]

    I'm guessing you DO have SOME written confirmation of your DME reservations. Do you have a WDTC document that says "Reservation Confirmation" at the top? I have 2 different types of docs so far for my November trip, "Reservation Confirmation" and "Invoice." Ignore the invoice for now, look at the other one.

    My Reservation Confirmation document lists out each of our items. One line item is the resort info. Another line item is our park admissions. There are also separate line items for Planet Hollywood Meal Voucher, PH Merch. Voucher, and the travel insurance we purchased through Disney. IN ADDITION, I have separate line items for DME. The one near the top of the list says "FR MCO - DISNEY MAGICAL EXPRESS 1 PER PERSON" and at the bottom says "TO MCO - DISNEY MAGICAL EXPRESS 1 PER PERSON."

    If you have something like this, then you have proof of reservation.

    But you'll only need "proof" if there's some sort of computer glitch. When you get to the DME Welcome Center with your luggage, they'll just be able to look you up on the computer.

    If I were you, I'd make myself feel better and call DME directly (866-599-0951) and confirm my DME reservations.

    HAVE FUN!!! :thumbsup2
     
  20. adreamisawish

    adreamisawish "And so the Lion fell in love with the Lamb"

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    Same person with question, was logged in under son's name last night. We don't have any paperwork at all. When you book with a group throught the Disney Sport Travel, there is only one contact person allowed. So my friend is the coordinator and all arrangement were made as one clump throught the Disney Travel. When they first tried to send everyone tags, they were all messed up (children with different parents, etc.) So the coordinator at Disney Sports travel said he fixed it, but we would not need anything. I am wondering if I call DME, will I need a conf. #. I will try in a bit. Thanks!!
     
  21. kjccr

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    Quick question.....We have a 11:00am flight out of MCO on Northwest. I am assuming we will get onto DME around 8am, so our luggage will need to be checked with the resort airline check-in counter around 5am (right?). Does our entire family need to be present to check our luggage or can just one adult do it? Also, can we get our boarding passes earlier than when we check our luggage? So for example, can we print our boarding passes 24 hours in advance (so 11:00am the day before we leave) and then still go check our luggage around 5am the morning that we leave? Thanks in advance!!
     

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