Dme....luggage only.....don't want to ride the bus!!!!!

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  1. jeanylaser

    jeanylaser Embassy Suites Orlando-Lake Buena Vista big fan

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    We are flying Jet Jet Blue for Dec 7-9, 2012! What Number for Disney Magical Express to Art Of Animation Resort?Please! Tell me what number it is? thanks!
     
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  3. goofy4tink

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

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    I'm not really sure what you're asking here. Are you asking which stop AoA is? If so, it varies. No way to be 100% sure.
    If you're looking for the phone number to call DME, you just need to call whomever you booked your resort stay through.
     
  4. mouselike-harrier

    mouselike-harrier Mouseketeer

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    We are arriving on December 12th at 6:05 pm. If we use DME, what is the earliest time can I realistically make an ADR for dinner at our resort? Thanks.
     
  5. maxiesmom

    maxiesmom The Mean Squinty Eye Works

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    8:30 would be really safe. 8:00 should be safe, if everthing works as it should. If your plane isn't late, or you don't end up on a long ME bus ride.
     
  6. mouselike-harrier

    mouselike-harrier Mouseketeer

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  7. mrstomrice

    mrstomrice Disney Planning Fanactic!

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    Has anyone sent the luggage with out riding the bus lately? Any problems doing so?
    We are renting a car for the week and we have to get to MK quickly on our arrival so that we can make it to an appointment at the barbershop. We were thinking about sending our bags with DME but need to know that there likely won't be an issue in doing so. Thanks!
     
  8. Horace Horsecollar

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    Because this sticky thread was started way back on Nov. 21, 2008, I was interested to see what Disney's current policy is regarding DME luggage delivery without riding on the DME motorcoach.

    Here's what it says on Disney's official "Complimentary Airport Transportation Service - Disney's Magical Express Transportation" page, as of right now (1:00 a.m. EDT on July 24, 2012):

    Please note that you cannot reserve the luggage service exclusively. You must be present on the motorcoach to have your luggage transported to a Walt Disney World hotel.

    You can read this whole sticky thread to get opinions and experiences. You can decide for yourself if it's a good idea (or not) to expect Disney to deliver your bags to your room without using the transportation service, and whether it's ethical to do so.
     
  9. cw21726

    cw21726 Chillest Fool on Earth

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    We did it in February without issue.
     
  10. goofy4tink

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

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    Can you? Yes. Is this what Disney wants you to do? No. Many have done it with no issues. The only issue I can see is if the airline misdirects a checked bag. Usually, at least for me, you are asked how many bags you checked, when you get to the bus podium/checkin area. They imput that number into the system. So, as they scan your yellow tags, as they come along, they can see that you should have 4 bags...but have only scanned 3. They will start a search for that missing bag. That's what I have been told.
    But, if you tag the bags, and then arrive at MCO and head to the rental car area, DME now has no idea how many bags they are looking for. So, if a bag is misdirected? They don't know to look for it. So, you get back to your room, and find your bags, minus 1, many hours after you left the airport. And this 'could' cause an issue when filing a claim with the airline.

    Now...does this happen a lot? No, I don't think so. I believe we've only heard from one or two posters who have had a missing bag experience, in the entire time that DME has been around.

    So, why do I bring it up?? I want everyone to have all the info possible in order to make an informed decision. Personally I would prefer that people do this vs bringing their checked bags to the DME bus with them!!! That happens a lot and it slows down the entire process for everyone...especially at the busier times of day!!
     
  11. msr709

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    We are going to WDW in June 2013. Staying one day at a DVC and then checking out offsite. We get a car rental free (for pick up at MCO only) with the vacation home offsite but doesn't start until we check out of DVC. Can my DD take the DME back to MCO the day we check out and get the car and then come pick us up, or do we all have to go back to MCO with luggage and all? TIA :thumbsup2
     
  12. seashoreCM

    seashoreCM All around nice guy.

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    Yes you can do that. DME may be used one way. DME may be used by just some members of the family.

    Getting off the DME bus at MCO it is not necessary to be leaving on a jet plane, don't know when I'll be back again
     
  13. msr709

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    Thanks, forgive my ignorance but . . . my next question? How do we go about this? Don't we have to give a flight no. or something?:confused3 (Hope its not a stupid question??) :thumbsup2
     
  14. goofy4tink

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

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    Yes, lots of people do just that, all the time. I've done it myself. You just need to have a reservation with DME, for the return. I assume that you are taking DME to your DVC resort. So, you just need to call DME (prior to arrival since they need at least 24 hrs to get you booked), and tell them the time you need to be at MCO. Some suggest giving DME false flight details..you can do this but it gets confusing at times. Just call DME and tell them you need to be at MCO to pick up your rental car at such and such time. They should be able to schedule you easily.
    Then, your dd can take the bus back to MCO, pick up the car and return to get the rest of you and the luggage...and off you go to your next stop.
     
  15. msr709

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    You guys are great, just the info I needed! Thanks so much!!:cool1::cool1::cool1:
     
  16. wdwfanatic316

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    I will be flying into MCO on Oct. 13th on AT, scheduled landing is at 6:13 pm. My DM and DU will be flying in on a separate flight a few hours before me, and checking into AoA. We're renting a car but my DM will be using ME because the car is only in my name and she's not interested in driving. I am considering using ME for my checked bag only, because I'm hoping to make it to the resort faster, and also I'm a little worried about handling my checked bag, my carry-on bag, and my purse. But, I'm kind of worried that if my flight is late, or there are problems with my bag, that it will be lost because we're only staying one night at AoA before moving to BCV. Basically I'm looking for opinions/reassurance that using ME for my luggage only will work. Opinions?

    Thanks! :goodvibes
     
  17. goofy4tink

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

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    If there are enough yellow luggage tags, then go ahead and tag your checked bag. As long as you are all at the same resort it shouldn't be an issue. But in all reality?? If you arrive, ontime, at 6:13, you won't get to your resort until about 8pm...then your bag may not arrive in your room until 11ish...could be earlier. I would leave my checked bag untagged, and get it at baggage claim and bring it with me. I mean, you're handling it all at your departure airport, right?? That way, you'll have it with you, rather than having to wait for it, or worry about it.
     
  18. wahoowa

    wahoowa Earning My Ears

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    Would it help at all if you got off the plane, went down to DME and checked in and told them the number of bags you had checked, and then walk out to get on the bus, keep walking over to the parking deck and get into a rental car? By help, I mean add a level of insurance all your bags get there. I like on one thread how they mention writing 1 of 4 bags on all the tags.
     
  19. maxiesmom

    maxiesmom The Mean Squinty Eye Works

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    The problem is that you are stuck in a queue while you wait for the DME bus you have no intention of getting on. It is roped off, with someone standing there, waiting to let you out. By the time they let you out you may have well just gone and picked up your bags from the luggage carousel.
     
  20. SplashMountainRules

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    We did Luggage only and drove a rental car this past week. Simple and worked fine. We got to the resort, checked in, drove to Downtown Disney for dinner, and when we got back to our room our luggage was there.
     
  21. Dreamer2012

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    Can you send the luggage off to your resort and you go somewhere lse before you go ck in at your resort? We would like to send our bags to POR, but we would like to go directly to Coranado Springs for the Expo - then return to POR and ck in - is that allowed? Thanks!
     

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