Originally Posted by retiredfigment
Bell services will not only hold your luggage for magical express, but they will have it checked into the airline. .
The statement I quoted is incorrect. My response below may seem nit-picky, but details are very important, and can make the difference between a good time and a bad time.
Bell Services CAN'T, under any circumstances, check your bags into your airline for you. In other words, I'd hate to see someone have Bell Services store their bags, then they fly home, and their luggage isn't at their home airport's baggage claim because the luggage is still in their Disney resort's luggage storage room.
People flying "participating airlines" can use a service called Resort Airline Check-in. RAC is completely separate from Bell Services. The staff at RAC aren't even Disney cast members, they are employees of a company called BAGS Inc.
Resort Airline Check-in is, basically, curbside check-in like at the airport, only it's at your resort instead. At the RAC desk, you show ID, check in for your flight and check your bags through to your final destination, just like with curbside check-in at the airport.
Your resort's Bell Services cast members CAN'T bring your bags to the RAC desk and check them in for you ... you must be present at RAC to check-in yourself.
If you are flying one of the "participating airlines," you can use RAC, the desk is open between 5:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., and you can't check-in there any later than 3 hours before your flight.