[QUOTE=PeterPansPixie;1029642]Many years ago when ME first started we were told by a CM that we could call and request a later pickup time on the day of departure and as long as there was space on a pickup bus they would accomadate you. Has anyone ever tried this before? [/QUOTE]
I’ll bet a case of Mickey bars that the CM you spoke with was NOT a Disney’s Magical Express CM, because a DME CM would know better. I’m betting the CM was at a call center, or worked at a resort, or something like that. But I’ll bet anything it was NOT a person who answered the phone at DME’s direct line (866-599-0951) or a person behind the counter at the Disney Welcome Center at the airport.
Disney cast members are notorious for giving out wrong information about DME. In fact, Disney’s Magical Express will NOT give you advance permission to take a bus later than your regularly-scheduled bus from your resort back to the airport.
And the problem of not making the phone call to find that out and deciding to just chance it and wait for the next bus, the problem with that is that there might not be a next bus. DME buses don’t run on a continuous basis like Disney Transport buses (the park buses) do. If there are no reservatins for pick-ups, then there won’t be a bus swinging by your resort. DME buses, when they do pick-ups, do so at two specified times each hour at each resort. For example, Resort A might get their pick-ups (when there are reservations) at :10 and :40 after the hour, Resort B gets them (when there are reservations) at :25 and :55 after the hour, and so on).
So if someone just decided on their own (without trying to make arrangements in advance) to “wait for the next bus,” in theory there might not be a next bus for a few hours, if no one else at the resort had reservations for a DME pick-up around that time.