DME and RAC....FAQs

la79al

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May 24, 2005
Say we fly in on a Saturday but our Disney adventure doesn't start until Sunday. Any chance we can still catch DME from the airport that Sunday morning?
 

Fangorn

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Sep 3, 2016
WHEN you fly in (or even IF you FLY) is irrelevant. You are entitled to a trip from MCO to your resort, and a trip from your resort to MCO any time between your check in day and check out day (inclusive). If your resort stay begins on Sunday, then that is the first day you can use DME. You wouldn't be allowed to use it on Saturday.

If you're arriving on Saturday, I assume you're starting somewhere that night. Just make your DME reservation for Sunday (I'd suggest calling them at 866 599-0951 to make that reservation). If you call, just tell them what time you plan on arriving back at MCO. It's very simple.

Just don't call Disney reservations about it. They really won't be able to help you much, and are likely to give you completely erroneous information.

Steve
 

chris4disney

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Feb 3, 2006
For the trip back to MCO, does the DME bus currently pick you up 3 hours or 4 hours prior to our flight time?

Also, if our flight is supposed to land at MCO at 9:43pm, do you recommend that we get our own bags at baggage claim? I'm pretty sure the cut off is 10:00pm for DME to get our bags for us and 9:43pm is just cutting it too close for my comfort.
 
  • shoreward

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    Jun 25, 2014
    For the trip back to MCO, does the DME bus currently pick you up 3 hours or 4 hours prior to our flight time?

    Also, if our flight is supposed to land at MCO at 9:43pm, do you recommend that we get our own bags at baggage claim? I'm pretty sure the cut off is 10:00pm for DME to get our bags for us and 9:43pm is just cutting it too close for my comfort.
    The pick-up time for heading back to MCO will be a minimum of three hours (for domestic flights), before your flight's scheduled departure.

    I agree on baggage and would claim it at the carousel and bring along on the bus. Even if your flight arrives on schedule, it takes time to unload the bags and transfer them over to the landside baggage area. After deplaning, it takes me a minimum of 10 -15 minutes to get to the carousel, and then I wait at least another 10 minutes until my luggage is on the belt. So, that's at least 20 minutes, from the time the flight lands, until the bags are available.
     

    kaytieeldr

    Post hoc, ergo propter hoc
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    Jun 11, 2005
    But before 10 PM, all yellow-tagged luggage is pulled before any luggage from a given flight gets into the carousel. Anybody is absolutely free and welcome to collect their own luggage. Passengers can even tag it, then still swing by luggage pickup and see if yellow-tagged bags are showing up.
     

    pooh2001

    been there, done that, TRYING to go back
    Joined
    Feb 16, 2000
    If we get our own bags from JetBlue - no yellow tags used
    If we land at 9:30 PM - then our luggage will not be in our hands till 10 PM
    Then walking up and down to the other side of MCO to DME - and maybe getting a snack
    We will not be at the DME check-in area till about 10:45 PM with our luggage

    Do we decide on DME bus time to POFQ - our do the DME people do it ?
    Should I call DME and confirm what time we want a bus ride to POFQ ?
     

    kaytieeldr

    Post hoc, ergo propter hoc
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    Jun 11, 2005
    DME decides, based on when you check in at the counter, plus available buses, plus where each party is going.
     
  • Deanna Heier

    Earning My Ears
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    Mar 3, 2019
    Does the ME bus stop at multiple resorts or is there 1 bus for each resort?

    I was assuming they stop at multiple resorts. If so, are you allowed to depart the bus at a different resort than the one you are staying at or do they force you off at your hotel stay location?
     

    shoreward

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    Jun 25, 2014
    Does the ME bus stop at multiple resorts or is there 1 bus for each resort?

    I was assuming they stop at multiple resorts. If so, are you allowed to depart the bus at a different resort than the one you are staying at or do they force you off at your hotel stay location?
    Each bus normally makes multiple stops, coming from MCO. As long as you don't have any bags or strollers stowed below by the driver, you should be able to get off at another stop. The belongings are stowed by the driver according to resort. Even with that, I would think there would not be a problem exiting at a different resort, but might give the driver a little extra tip.

    FYI - just be sure you know which other resorts are on your bus, as the stops can vary, based on demand for each resort.
     

    D0ktaa

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    May 7, 2019
    We are flying MCO-ATL-LAX-BNE(Brisbane Australia) on Delta (single ticket, so I believe our luggage should be tagged with the final destination being BNE) would this be classified as international or domestic for using RAC?
     

    scard192

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    Jun 11, 2009
    With Delta (for any who use them), you can go on and enter your bags at the time you check-in, this they can see. Online check-in process knows if you have free bags or not.
    thanks for this. Just signed up for the Amex Delta Skymiles credit card and get one free checked bag. Delta told me because the family is on the same reservation with me, we all get one free checked bag.
     
  • AngiTN

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    Mar 7, 2011
    thanks for this. Just signed up for the Amex Delta Skymiles credit card and get one free checked bag. Delta told me because the family is on the same reservation with me, we all get one free checked bag.
    Yep, as long as you are all on the reservation with the card holder. Important in case you ever book for others, and don't fly. Doesn't matter who books, it is all about who flies.
     

    flav

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    Oct 12, 2014
    Our return flights have changed and different people in our party have different departing times and location: Some people sharing a room are even leaving on a day from resort X and other a few days later from resort Y.

    I would like to check that our MDE reservations are up to date. I would prefer doing it in writing. Is there any email address I can use for that? The form on the transportation website doesn’t really fit our particular situation. I know I can call but it is long distance ($) and I would rather have written confirmations.
     

    kaytieeldr

    Post hoc, ergo propter hoc
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    Jun 11, 2005
    If you're concerned about your return rides, just wait until you arrive at the resort you're leaving from and talk to the respective front desk CMs. I'm not aware of any mail/email contact. Are you not in the United States? Actually, even if not, isn't your peace of mind worth a few dollars?
     

    osufeth24

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    Jun 9, 2019
    I have a somewhat odd and possible stupid question.

    Can only part of the party on the reservation use DME?

    There are 5 of us staying at AoA for a long weekend in April. I live locally, another person lives only 2 hrs away and driving in, another will be in town already for work, and the one couple coming was originally going to drive into town.

    Well, the couple decided to not drive 8 hrs, and got a direct flight into MCO just now (we booked the resort 2 months ago). I was planning on being at work the day they come in, is it possible to register only them to take the MDE?

    If it matters, I am the primary name on the reservation, but everyone is listed on the res as well
     

    Fangorn

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    Sep 3, 2016
    Everyone on the reservation is eligible for DME, but no one HAS to use it. And yes, it's fine for just a subset of your party to register for DME.
    They don't even really have to reserve with DME ahead of time (but I recommend they do so). They can just show up at the DME desk at MCO and as long as they have a Disney resort reservation they will be able to get on a bus.

    Steve
     

    joscortel

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    Sep 2, 2017
    I have a somewhat odd and possible stupid question.

    Can only part of the party on the reservation use DME?

    There are 5 of us staying at AoA for a long weekend in April. I live locally, another person lives only 2 hrs away and driving in, another will be in town already for work, and the one couple coming was originally going to drive into town.

    Well, the couple decided to not drive 8 hrs, and got a direct flight into MCO just now (we booked the resort 2 months ago). I was planning on being at work the day they come in, is it possible to register only them to take the MDE?

    If it matters, I am the primary name on the reservation, but everyone is listed on the res as well
    Yes they can but the luggage tags will be mailed to the person whom is the room reservation holder so you would have to mail them their luggage tags or they can get their own luggage and bring on the bus.
     

    piglet1979

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    Mar 18, 2015
    We are going to Disney with my parents. We possibly might be on different flights. My family of 4 on one flight and my parents on another. We are all staying in the same under 1 reservation. We have never used DME and we are unsure how this would work. Can we put in 2 different flights in for DME?
     





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