• On Feb 18, 2020
    Pamela from PA 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.

    What is the benefit of early check-in? If you check in over a month before your planned trip, will you get a better room?

    Hi Pamela! Thank you for your question and for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    In short, using Online Check-In will help simplify your arrival at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel so that you have the ability to skip the Front Desk and head directly to your room. In addition, you will be able to communicate with Disney Cast Members your room requests during this early check-in process… which will give them a little extra time to help accommodate your requests. However, I wouldn’t say that checking in a month or more ahead of your trip will provide an "upgrade" to your reservation, other than peace of mind knowing that you’ve already checked in and that you've relayed to Disney your requests.

    Personally, I’ve found that Online Check-In is really worth the two minutes to set up. But if you would prefer to wait, that’s totally fine! However, as a small piece of advice, if you end up skipping the Front Desk, just be sure to bring your MagicBand with you, or set up the Unlock Door feature on your phone.

    If you have any other questions, please let us know. Tell Mickey I said hello and have a magical day!

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Meet the Panelist: Bryan, Kansas

Hi all! I'm Bryan from Kansas City. I'm a husband, first-time dad, and man's best friend to our Golden Retriever. Like many kids, I grew up traveling to Disney World nearly every year with my family, so to say that my perspective has changed over the years is an understatement. Through my passion, firsthand knowledge and park research, I look forward to helping you with your Disney vacation! Learn More About Bryan

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