• On Jun 12, 2016
    Glenda from KY 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 have checked in online at our WDW resort for our July vacation, The day we arrive there are early extra magic hours, can we attend? We won't officially go to the resort until later in the afternoon. Will our bands show our resort confirmation?

    Hi Glenda,

    Just a few weeks away from your magical vacation. Are you ready?

    Although most Disney Resort hotels check-in time is 3:00 p.m. (Disney Deluxe Villas check-in time is 4:00 p.m. and The Campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort is 1:00 p.m.), it doesn't mean that you can't start having fun early on. Your room will most likely not be ready until the regular check-in time, but you can start using the resort's amenities as soon as you arrive.

    But then, sliced bread was invented! Online Check-In allows you to virtually check-in up to 60 days prior to your arrival. With this method, you will indicate your approximate arrival time, but any Theme Park tickets and Disney Dining Plan associated with your reservation and your My Disney Experience account, will become active the morning of your arrival.

    In your case, you can head straight to a Theme Park and your MagicBands will be active. If for some reason, you have not received them, they would be waiting for you at your Resort hotel. In this case, if you wish to go straight to a park, you will need to stop by Guest Relations at the entrance of any of them, and they'll will be able to issue a card to allow you to enter.

    Resort reservation? Check. Tickets? Check. Dining reservations? If you haven't, stop by the Walt Disney World restaurants and reservations page. In any case, come back if you have any more questions.

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