• On Jun 25, 2016
    Wallace from SC 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.

    Can we check in before 3 and have our bands activated even if the rooms aren't ready? Or will our bands be automatically activated the day we are supposed to arrive?

    Hi Wallace!

    Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Even though the standard check-in time at Walt Disney World Resort hotels is 3:00p.m., your magical vacation can begin as soon as you get to Walt Disney World Resort! When you arrive at your hotel, head to the Front Desk so you can activate any tickets that you have purchased as part of a vacation package as well as your dining plan if you will be using one during your trip. The reception Cast Members will also be able to help you make sure your MagicBands are activated and you have a PIN setup to allow you to make purchases with your MagicBand that are linked back to your room account. I also love to setup the text notification option, which will allow you to receive text message notifications when your room is ready and even give you your room number so you when your day is over you can head straight to your room!

    You can take advantage of Online Check-In to get everything set for you 60 days in advance and this will make your stop at the Front Desk quick and easy. Be sure to check your luggage with Bell Services so you don't have to worry about it while you enjoy your day playing in the theme park, exploring the grounds of your resort hotel or doing some shopping at Disney Springs. Please let us know if you have any other questions. T-T-F-N, ta ta for now!

    ~Crystal B.
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Meet the Panelist: Crystal, Colorado

Hi! I’m Crystal and I’m a wife and mommy to three little Mouseketeers. My husband and I have been enjoying Disney Parks since before we were married, and now we take our children to see Mickey and the gang as often as we can, while  managing my oldest son's food allergies. Planning is key for my family to ensure that everyone has a safe and fun trip to our favorite place and it can be just as exciting as the trip itself. I can’t wait to help you plan your next adventure there, too! Learn More About Crystal

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