Check in at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • On Feb 25, 2024
    Austyn from NV 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 are arriving in Orlando early in the morning, going straight to the parks, then staying on property that night. Although check-in isn't until 3pm, are we still able to use early entry and early lightning lane reservations that day?

    Hello Austyn!

    Welcome to planDisney! Your whirlwind trip to Walt Disney World Resort is rapidly approaching and I can sense the excitement. I see that you are ready to jump right into the fun and make the most of every moment in the Parks!

    So, I will jump right to the point and let you know that the answer to your question is, YES! Even though you may not be able to check in to your Walt Disney World Resort room until 3 pm, you can still enter the Parks, use Early Theme Park entry, and access any Lightning Lane Reservations. However, there is a good chance if you complete the online check-in before you come in that your room may be available soon after you arrive. Walt Disney World Resort does a great job of managing guest arrivals and room availabilities and I have been lucky quite often to have my room information texted to me by the time I picked up my luggage at the airport! If your room is not ready, I still recommend making a quick stop at your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel and leaving your luggage with Bell Services. If you wish to waste no time then you can head to the Parks directly and secure your belongings in lockers which you can rent for the day. There are a limited number of very large lockers that can hold luggage and there is a chance security will not let you even bring it in as suitcases with or without wheels larger than 24" long x 15" wide x 18" high are not allowed in at all. Trust me, Bell Services is the best and they will keep your bags safe until you are ready to head back to the Resort. These Cast Members do accept tips for exceptional service and I make sure to appreciate them every time. 

    If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know!

    Happy Planning!
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