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

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  1. goofy4tink

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

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    Could you elaborate?? In the vast majority of cases, it is the fault of the airline for misdirecting a bag. The issue comes when a bag goes missing, the guest didn't ride the bus, and then when they realize there is a missing bag, a fair amount of time has passed and DME tells the guest the fault lies with the airline (which is most likely true) and the airline says it's not their issue, DME needs to deal with it.

    'If' DME doesn't get all your bags to you, it is probably one of several scenarios....
    1. they missed it at the airport, and that's easy to fix. Someone sees it and sends it along
    2. they sent it to the wrong resort. Again, easy to fix.
    3. went to the wrong room at the right resort....easy fix.

    DME can easily track the bags...but you have to have checked in and told them how many bags to look for. If you rent a car, and subsequently are not on the bus (having checked in at the bus line), DME workers have no idea that one of four bags has gone missing...so, they never start looking for it.

    It's when the airline misdirects the bag that is an issue. You are heading to Orlando, but your bag with your bathroom supplies has gone to Topeka!!! It's going to take awhile for the airline to fix that one.
     
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  3. Rocco

    Rocco Earning My Ears

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    Yep, about an hour and a half after our plane landed, bell services showed up at our door. They asked how many bags I was expecting, he must have figured one was missing, as I had written x of 4 on each bag. Shortly after I posted I went down to the lobby to see what they could do for me. The bell man there said that my bag had just arrived and they were getting it ready to bring it. Yay, so after stressing out for a bit, everything turned out ok. Whew.
     
  4. goofy4tink

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    Thanks for the update. Good idea to put the '1 of 4' etc., on the bags. That alerted them to a possible issue.
    Glad you got the last bag.
     
  5. *love*2*shop

    *love*2*shop DIS Veteran

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    Thank you for clarifying....I was looking for this answer( i want to have all bag with me and couldnt remember if it was allowed and if so, what to do!)

    I know weird....but i want all my *stuff* with me right away..I Know i am going to want to change right away after flying and dont want to lug all that onto the plane/ carryon..want as less as possible...

    No tagging my luggage for me.


     
  6. annnewjerz

    annnewjerz If I had a world of my own, everything would be no

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    On our upcoming trip to WDW our flight gets into MCO @ 10pm on the nose. Because we'll be there by 10pm I'm assuming they will collect my luggage when I arrive, correct? If our flight is delayed even by 5 minutes---will I need to pick it up or is the deadline based on the scheduled arrival time rather than actual arrival time?
     
  7. goofy4tink

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    I don't think I would take the chance. Baggage handling ends at 10, you arrive at 10....six of one, half doz of another. Do you want to take the chance that your bags won't get to you until the next morning???
    I wouldn't tag the bags. I would just go to baggage claim and get them myself.
    This is what I recommend for anyone flying in anytime after 9:30. Just too much room for error if you tag the bags and allow DME to move them. But, that's up to you.

    That 10:00 time if pretty much set in concrete. The workers stop working at 10. If your bags start coming off the plane at 10:04, you may have an issue. I can't imagine that the workers are going to be standing aroud, waiting for late arrivals.
     
  8. annnewjerz

    annnewjerz If I had a world of my own, everything would be no

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    So theoretically, this is what would happen if I left the bags? They would just get delivered once they started working again the next morning? Doesn't sound half-bad, especially considering we always pack at least an extra outfit or two in a carry-on. :scratchin :rotfl:
     
  9. goofy4tink

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    Yep, that's exactly what would happen. Smart you...you obviously know how to pack. We always recommend putting extra clothes in your carryon bag, as well as anything else you may need for those first hours of your stay.....just in case the airline sends a checked bag to Cleveland rather than Orlando!!!
     
  10. rubysparkles

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    Both my flights say they arrive/depart at 12am on my reservation. This isn't the case. Is that just normal?

    I booked my package through the US site, but I'm from the UK and now I'm freaking out that something will go wrong! I haven't received anything in the mail (but I've spoken to people on the phone and the site says everything about my reservation is ok).

    What do I need to prove that I'm booked on ME anyway?

    Thanks for any responses.
     
  11. seashoreCM

    seashoreCM All around nice guy.

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    It is not necessary to refrain from using the yellow tags just in case your flight is delayed until after 10 PM. The yellow tagged bags will be out there on the carousel if the DME folks have gone home for the night.

    [I[/I].If y ou don't claim your bags when arriving after 10, there is no one at DME to take a count of your bags and file a claim with the airline if a bag never arrived.
    Take notes and write down the name and city of the person you talked to. Use email asking for RSVP and confirmation to avoid phone charges waiting on hold. Do a print screen* of any reservation information, emails including unanswered ones, etc. pertaining to DME. DME does not take obvious walk up guests but I doubt they will split hairs in an argument.

    SPecifically for the 12 AM time (they optionally chose to go ahead and process your reservation before getting real flight information and then move on to the next family's reservation), it is a good idea to call once to give them updated flight information but it's okay to omit that if it is not international toll free or domestic toll free as applicable. It's okay to be early or tardy or to dilly dally at the airport when you arrive

    * Requires more than pressing the PrtScrn button. A digital camera can help.
     
  12. goofy4tink

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    DME doesn't ship anything out of the country....with the possible exception of Canada.
    So....you most likely won't be getting anything from DME. You will have to go through customs in the US, so just keep your bags with you at that point.
    When you get to the DME counter, you will have to go through the line. You don't have any vouchers, so they will have to print them up for you. You will need an ID to prove you are who you say you are. They will look you up in the system, see that you have a reservation, and print you out vouchers.
     
  13. dgundry

    dgundry Disney's In My DNA

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    I'm considering arriving the night before our WDW reservations and staying at the airport Hilton Garden Inn (on points) the first night we arrive so we can head over on DME the next morning and hit the ground running in the parks.

    QUESTIONS:

    1. Can I DME my luggage on the day I arrive even though I am DME'ing the following day?

    2. If YES, will my WDW resort hold my luggage that long?

    3. If NO, is the only alternative not to DME my luggage, pick them up in MCO at baggage claim and carry them on to DME when I take the bus the next morning?

    (I simply love giving my bags a kiss goodbye at my airport and not giving them a care in the world until they arrive all tassled, torn and looked-over in my hotel room. I really don't want to have to intercept them at MCO if I don't have to.)

    In advance, thanks a million Mickey's!
     
  14. goofy4tink

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    Nope....DME is effective only when your WDW resort reservation is in effect. So, if you arrive the day before your reservation starts, you can't use any part of DME. You will have to get your own bags and then bring them back to the airport and DME checkin the next day.
    Since you'll be spending the night at the airport, you won't be spending park time waiting at baggage claim.
     
  15. moonpie85

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    I saw somebody mention this earlier but didn't see an answer. Is it normal for DME to have your flight times down as 12am? Both my flights say 12am although they are 6pm and 1pm. I thought this might change as we got closer to time but we're 9 days out now and it still says 12am :confused3
     
  16. tinkerbell_29

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    I've read the whole thread and my head now hurts. We have used DME before and get get how it works. This Christmas we are coming down 3 days before our cruise to have a little time at the parks. Scheduled DME because we do not need a car this trip. If we get there go to the DME welcome desk check in and then realize the wait is too long and decide to take a taxi is our luggage still going to show up? We have all intentions to ride the bus but since we have limited time I don't want to waste time waiting in the airport. Really unsure whether or not we should tag our luggage.
     
  17. goofy4tink

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    completely up to you. The time from gate to resort, runs about 70 mins. If you 'get in line' and then decide it could get too long to wait, and you decide to take a cab....the time will be about 45 mins by the time you make the decision, get a cab and get to your resort and the cost will be about $60.
     
  18. cmp1111

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    I'm sorry if this has been asked and answered. We are flying SW, because, well, it's cheap and easy. SW, of course, allows us to have 2 checked bags apiece. As a family of 4, we really probably were going to bring one per person, plus one "extra" with snacks and such, used for souvenirs on the way home. DME has sent me only 4 yellow tags. Can I call and get another, or can I only check the 4 bags?

    Thanks! :goodvibes
     
  19. kt_mom

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    I have a question, I'm not sure its been asked before or not. But, can I take the DME bus to a resort other than the one I'm checking into?

    Let's say I'm staying at AKL but I want to have breakfast first thing at the Poly. When I get to the DME line can I ask to take the bus to the Poly. Have lunch then take a bus over to AKL from MK or something and check in to my resort?
     
  20. CarrieR

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    Give DME a ring (call DME direct, not CRO -- the number should be in your booklet) and they will send you another set of tags. We've done this a number of times in the past six months alone. We each carry a bag, and then there's a suitcase which we've named the "everything bag" -- it has, snacks, ponchos, first aid, misc stuff and, well -- everything. lol

    DME will only take you to your resort, unfortunately. It would be handy if you could go elsewhere, though!
     
  21. goofy4tink

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    As you've already been told, no, you can't take the DME bus to another resort. But, I have another issue. It's really unwise to book any ADR too close to your arrival time. Why? Your flight can be delayed, it could take longer than usual once you get to MCO...any number of things could happen. The vast majority of us won't book an ADR within 4 hrs of our WDW arrival. If you do decide to book an ADR within that time, you may want to either take a cab directly to that ADR, or hire a car service.
     

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