couple checking in Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • On Jun 20, 2022
    Robin from HI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We will be arriving at the Animal Kingdom Lodge at 6 am, will the valets be working to park our car?

    Hi there, Robin! Welcome to planDisney!

    Oh my goodness, your visit to Walt Disney World Resort is less than two short weeks away! Can you believe it's finally here?! You must be getting so excited; I know I would be! The last few weeks ahead of any trip can be exciting but also a little bit hectic as you iron out all of those trip details and make sure you are ready to take off on the adventure of a lifetime. Well, rest assured, we are here to spread a little pixie dust to help make your trip planning experience as enjoyable as possible. It is vacation, after all!

    So, let’s talk parking! Overnight self-parking is available for Disney Resorts Collection hotel Guests for a fee that will be charged directly to your room. At this time, Valet is only available to Guests with disabilities with a valid disability parking permit who require assistance with parking their vehicle. Otherwise, you would need to self-park before heading into your resort. I am happy to share that you can absolutely park your car at 6:00 a.m., so no worries about your early arrival! Self-parking is super simple, with many spots available just a short distance from the resort lobby. However, you can absolutely pull up to the lobby entrance and unload your bags before parking. This way, you don’t have to worry about schlepping your bags too far!

    Since you’ll be arriving bright and early, you may want to consider using the awesome Direct-To-Room service available to you as a Disney Resorts Collection hotel Guest. Direct-To-Room service makes check-in an absolute breeze, allowing you to skip the front desk line altogether by checking in via your My Disney Experience app! All you'll need to do is log into your account, open up the menu by clicking the horizontal lines on the bottom right corner, and select "Resort Hotel." From there, follow the prompts to complete your online check-in, and when your room is ready, you will get a notification on your phone with your room number and can head straight up whenever you are ready! This way, you can dive right into the fun of your Walt Disney World vacation and won’t have to worry about waiting around for your room to be ready. How cool is that?!

    It is such a special time to be visiting Walt Disney World, and you can feel the magic in the air from the moment you arrive. So, make sure to take a moment to look around and take it all in. These are memories that will last a lifetime!

    Wishing you a magical vacation!
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