Holy Crack of Dawn....ME ?

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by bookgirl, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. bookgirl

    bookgirl DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2006
    Messages:
    6,876
    Does anyone know how early DME buses run.

    My homeward flight takes off at 6:55 am :scared1:

    (It's my March trip I'll be at ASMusic)
     
  2. Avatar

    DIS Sponsor The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is located in the heart of the Walt Disney World Reosrt.

    to hide this advert.
  3. Frankiemack

    Frankiemack Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2011
    Messages:
    156
    24/7 :thumbsup2
     
  4. bookgirl

    bookgirl DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2006
    Messages:
    6,876
    cool, next question please.

    I'm assuming that I may have to carry on my luggage as the chance of RAC at 3 in the morning is small?

    (Pick up is 3 hours ahead, luggage check in at 4 hours ahead if I remember correctly).
     
  5. maxiesmom

    maxiesmom The Mean Squinty Eye Works

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2004
    Messages:
    24,941
    Most likely you will need to be at your bus stop, ready to go, by 3:40 am.

    Buses do come early, even during the wee hours of the morning. You need to be at the bus stop 15 minutes before the scheduled time, or you may miss the bus. If the bus shows up and no one is waiting, it will leave.
     
  6. Frankiemack

    Frankiemack Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2011
    Messages:
    156
    The Resort Airline Check-In desk daily operating hours begin at 5:00 am. Since you must be checked in 3 hours in advance, you can’t use the resort luggage and check-in service for your return to the airport if your flight departs before 8:00 am.

    You'll have to carry and check in your own bags at the airport.
     
  7. bookgirl

    bookgirl DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2006
    Messages:
    6,876
    I'll be using DME for my Oct trip (only from WDW to MCO) but it's at mid morning.

    So I figured it'd be a trial run to using it in March, but that early flight is the only one that actually works for my schedule and it's kinda throwing me for a loop.
     
  8. bookgirl

    bookgirl DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2006
    Messages:
    6,876
    I'll probably only have one bag so no big if I have to bring it along.

    Thanks guys.
     
  9. ajfd

    ajfd Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    May 5, 2013
    Messages:
    162
    Little tip for those early departures:

    Consider checking out a day early from your resort and scheduling a ME to the airport that night. Since security is right downstairs, you can literally roll out of bed and get into line.

    We did that for a 6:15a departure recently. We checked out before we went to the park on Sunday and checked our luggage in with the concierge (but NOT with ME or the airline checkin).

    We came back from the parks around 8p, sat by the pool and had a few drinks and a bite to eat. The ME was sent explicitly for us at 9:25p (only the 4 people in our party were on it). We checked in at the airport hotel, got some sleep, and rolled downstairs at 5a. Much better than getting up at 3a to catch the ME.

    (Note that we called ME the night before to schedule our pickup. We asked for 9:30p, they offered 9:25p.)
     
  10. kmb584

    kmb584 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    May 12, 2010
    Messages:
    5,324
    I totally agree. :thumbsup2 We don't schedule early flights often but every now and again I do find that the earliest flight home, which is typically at 6:45am, is our best option as after landing in Philadelphia I still have a 2 1/2 hour drive home followed by unpacking, cleaning, grocery shopping, etc.

    When I do book that flight I also book a room at MCO's Hyatt for the night prior. You can usually find a good deal on Priceline and other similar websites. Because the flight is so early we aren't missing "Disney Time" and will stay as late as we possibly can at a park the night prior before DME is scheduled to transport us.

    It's REALLY convenient to wake up in the airport, and the Hyatt itself is very nice with comfortable beds!
     
  11. bookgirl

    bookgirl DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2006
    Messages:
    6,876

    Even on Priceline MCO runs over $200. I can live with the crack of dawn at that price.
     
  12. kmb584

    kmb584 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    May 12, 2010
    Messages:
    5,324
    Hotwire is showing a 4 star hotel at MCO for $71/night through their name your price option.
     
  13. thisismyusername

    thisismyusername DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2013
    Messages:
    941
    If the OP is at ASMu, I'd stay at Disney until I left, even if it meant leaving at the crack of dawn since the rates are probably fairly comparable (or even higher for the Hyatt).

    If I were staying deluxe, yeah, I'd probably do the Hyatt if I had a super early ME departure as it would be cheaper and allow me to sleep later.
     
  14. kmb584

    kmb584 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    May 12, 2010
    Messages:
    5,324
    It all depends on the person! ;) I was just giving an alternative suggestion as a room at the Hyatt would mean not having to board DME at 3:30a. The ASMu rate is definitely comparable to what I found on Hotwire but the convenience of staying in the airport can't be beat.
     
  15. ajfd

    ajfd Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    May 5, 2013
    Messages:
    162
    I paid $143 a few weeks ago. Price was right from the Hyatt Airport website.
     
  16. Susanne

    Susanne Earning My Ears

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2002
    Messages:
    62
    Wow, I wasn't even looking for this, but I'm so glad I found it! We have a 7:30 a.m. flight home, so the Hyatt will be perfect for us, and we can get a great corporate rate. I'm also thanking my lucky stars that I've been procrastinating on booking our main hotel, otherwise I would have had our last night booked already and would have been stuck with a middle of the night departure from Disney.
     
  17. OrangeCountyCommuter

    OrangeCountyCommuter DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2010
    Messages:
    5,375
    And it might be the Renaissance...
     
  18. Eastern

    Eastern DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2006
    Messages:
    2,072
    We had a 5am ME pickup the last time we were at Disney. Never again :sad2: There was only one woman at the POFQ guest counter, and she gave me the wrong info which led to the ME driver saying he couldn't pick us up because we had the wrong printout. He was running 1/2 hour late already, and I was in major panic attack mode. He finally let us on.

    Hotel at the airport is a good idea if you must leave that early.
     
  19. tarak

    tarak DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2008
    Messages:
    1,539
    This is what I'll do next time we have an early flight. We've always had a car pick us up so we don't have to leave three hours before our flight. But I hate paying Disney prices and leaving that early in the morning. Even if the rates are comparable, at least security is taken care of since you're already there.
     
  20. MinniesYooHoo

    MinniesYooHoo With the cows and the chickens, they all sound lik

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2008
    Messages:
    1,501
    Learned that lesson the first time I had to check in at DME at 4am!:scared1: Never again have we had a flight leaving Orlando before noon at the very least. I don't care what time we get home, but do care about having to cut my last Disney night short. I feel your pain.:goodvibes
     
  21. JennyDrake

    JennyDrake Darkwing Duck's Biggest Fan

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2000
    Messages:
    3,676
    THis is correct.
     

Share This Page