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Old 09-11-2016, 12:03 PM   #1
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DME is slow

I know this comes as no surprise for most people. My sister waited two hours for a DME bus this morning to take them to Pop. I know we are told to allow ninety minutes including travel time. This seems really excessive to me. They are still a traveling to the resort as I type this. So not a great start to her trip.


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My guess is there had to be some sort of accident or something. We arrived on a Sunday for our trip and we waited maybe 20 minutes at most for a bus to arrive to take us to the All Stars. All the other times we've used it, the bus was already there.
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Same here. We've either already had a bus waiting or had to wait maybe 10-15 minutes.
Did they speak to someone to ask what the delay was? I've never heard of anyone having to wait that long.


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Wow! The longest I've waited is 30 minutes. That sounds awful. I hope the rest of the trip goes smoothly.
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Have you heard if your sister found out what caused such an unusually long delay?

I'd believe someone might wait for an hour for the DME bus around park opening time when traffic looks as though everybody on the planet is headed into WDW. Two hours is ridiculous, though, unless there was a major breakdown or accident that blocked traffic.
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If I understand correctly, they waited at MCO for two hours. And while that is a long time, I would hope they were told there was a delay so they could at least stretch their legs a little.

My one experience with DME was not great. It took forever to get to the resort from MCO due to having the worse bus driver. I don't think he went above 30 MPH.

I think like all things, it can be hit or miss. I'd say if you want control, rent a car but it's taken me a good amount of time to get a car at MCO (tip-do not rent from airlines partner car rental company unless you can spring to the rental desk.)
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2 hours is excessive. The most I waited was about an hour but it was because it was raining and also, there had been an accident. But we were told what was going on.
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My sister never did find out why there was such a long delay. She was really relieved to just get there.
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WOW, as other's said. Our longest wait has been 20 minutes at the most or our bus is already there while we are walking to our spot for the resort we are staying at. Seem's unusual for such a long delay.
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DME has always been good for us. Sometimes things happen beyond Disney / Mears control.
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Sometimes things happen beyond Disney / Mears control.
Understandable. However, guests waiting for a bus should be advised of a delay. They might need to try changing plans if they had anything scheduled that they'd thought was plenty late enough they'd be there in time.
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i hate DME. it is neither magical nor express. it's $60 for a taxi, and that's money WELL spent.
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We used to use a limo service until a few years ago when it was no longer in the budget. Since then we have used DME and have never had to wait longer then 20 minutes. Most times it's under 10 and that was also to Pop Century. We always take our own luggage though cause I don't want to wait for it.
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We have rarely had waits for DME, but it has happened maybe 3 times. Not anywhere near that long though, more on the order of over 1/2 hour. We experienced a long wait - 45 minutes+ - in mid-November once, which I thought was rather odd (you sort of expect it in during busier times). So there must have been some kind of issue (big accident on one of the highways?) or something like that. Most of the time we are zipped right out within 5-10 minutes tops.
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I have had good and bad experiences with magical express. One time we waited over an hour and a half. While people staying at other resorts walked right on to their bus we waited and waited and waited. Several people in line gave up and took cabs. We did ask what the hold up was and we were told some story that turned out not to be true. I did write Disney a letter when we returned informing then that Disney's Magical Express was not magical nor was it "express".

You save money taking DME but it's just a crap shoot on how long you will wait for your bus or how long you will wait on the bus before it leaves for Disney World.
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