• On Apr 6, 2018
    Traci from IL 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 better way to up the odds of getting our room request for AOA...late arrival on Friday night (after midnight) or red eye arrival on Saturday morning? Worried that the late arrival will cost us the chance or a good room.

    Hi Traci!

    Welcome BACK to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! This is a great question as everyone values a different hotel room location or feature. For every traveler who wants to be closer to the elevator, there is someone who wants to be further away from the pool. Every 'high floor' request balances out with those who wish to be near the parking lot. I minored in Hospitality Administration in college and when thinking back to the puzzle of putting 'heads in beds' I thank my lucky stars that there were computer programs to figure it all out.

    Some Walt Disney World Resort Hotels offer the option to secure certain room locations during the time of booking, to ensure you get that desired pool view or a preferred building closest to the refill mug station at your resort hotel's Quick Service dining location. However, certain requests like a refurbished room or connecting doors cannot be guaranteed until check-in.

    While you can officially check-in with the front desk whenever you arrive, rooms aim to be ready for all guests by 4 P.M.  That means there are fewer room options to switch to the later you arrive, as guests have been receiving and filling room assignments all day. If you arrive well before 4 P.M. on your check-in day, you will have first dibs at being able to request the location or feature you desire; however, your room might not be ready for you that early.

    Time isn't wasted with a red eye though, as your Disney Resort Hotel would love to arrange the storage of your luggage while your room is still being readied. And you are more than welcome to start enjoying the amenities of your hotel that early, such as using your Disney Dining Plan or playing in (or napping by) the pool. Don't forget to pack your swim stuff in your carry on!

    We'll See You Real Soon, Traci!
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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I'm a mom to the best ride buddy and a military spouse who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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