Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Sept. Park Hours and Southwest Airlines

So, I don't know if you all can tell...but I'm getting super excited about my September free dining trip. No matter how many times I go to Disney for whatever favorite trips are the nice week-long vacations I get to take with my husband and really relax and do the vacation right.

Because of that...I, like many others who have been planning Sept. trips have been waiting (im)patiently for the September park hours to be released. I have checked everyday, but alas, to no avail. However today, I have found a place that does indeed have the park hours for September. These hours include DHS (which as of yet, has not been posted) and the times for the nightime spectaculars (Fantasmic included) and parades.

Here is the link for those of you who are just as antsy as I am to get the Disney trip planning really started!

Now on to this week's real topic. :)

This week, I have heard that Southwest is now participating (albeit on a trial basis) in the Disney Resort Airline Check In Service.

First of all, for those of you who maybe don't know, the Resort Airline Check In Service allows guests to check their luggage and receive their boarding passes for the flight home right at your resort. It's a great service and it makes the vacation's end just a bit more "magical."

Southwest Airlines, while the biggest airlines that flies into MCO, has not, in the past, participated in the program. There was a problem in the technology between the two that now looks to have been remedied.

So now, at least on a pilot basis, Southwest is taking part in the Resort Airline Check-in Service (part of Disney's Magical Express), however, it is only taking place at Disney's Pop Century only. So, if you are a guest of Pop Century in the next few weeks, you will probably get to experience this new process.

If this test is successful, it will hopefully be rolled out to other resorts at a later date, but there is no word on when that might be, at this time.

All in all, it's so nice to think that at least there's a possibility that Southwest will be participating in this program. As long as the test goes well. I've used the Resort Airline Check In, only once when I flew with Airtran and it's incredibly handy. It will be nice if during my Sept. trip, I get to use it again. :)

If you get to participate in this new pilot program at Pop Century within the next few weeks, I'd like to hear about it! Leave me a message here or email me.

1 comment:

Blue Line Bulldogs said...

Oooh how tricky of them to post the hours on the Canadian site...yet so odd...

Thanks for posting Rikki! Can't wait for September!!