• On Apr 9, 2016
    Shawn from NE Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are arriving earlier than the posted check-in time for our room, and are planning to drop off our luggage and head to a park. Will we be able to use our Disney Dining Plan in the park that day or do we have to wait for check-in? Thanks!

    Hi Shawn, 

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel and thank you for asking us a question! 

    We normally fly to Walt Disney World Resort and our flights often arrive well before the official check-in time. While our room has very rarely been ready the moment we arrive (especially during busier times of year, like the month of July), that hasn’t ever put a damper on our fun! 

    What I would recommend doing would be to check-in at your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, regardless of when you arrive (the check-in time for your room really only relates to when it will be ready). There, make sure that you’re checked in and make sure that all of your entitlements, including Theme Park Tickets, are active on your MagicBands. By doing that, we’ve often gone straight to the Theme Parks after our arrival, and we’ve been able to use our Theme Park Tickets and our Disney Dining Plan credits immediately. 

    One tip that I’ve found really useful for my family: make sure to do Online Resort Check-In and to note your early arrival on that form. If you make any room requests, tick off the box that says that you’d rather have a room available early, regardless of whether it satisfies the other requests you’ve made (such as choice of building, floor and other location-based criteria).

    Please don’t hesitate to come back and see us if you have any other questions!

    Have a Magical Day, 

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Meet the Panelist: Lynne, Quebec

Hi, I’m Lynne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada! I’m a working mom who enjoys snuggles with my son and my husband, who has been my sweetheart since 1997. We’ve been lucky enough to experience several milestones in Walt Disney World, including our wedding and honeymoon in 2009. As Disney Vacation Club members, we often plan trips for large, and sometimes even multi-generational, groups to come and enjoy the fun with us. Learn More About Lynne

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