• On May 3, 2019
    Kelsey from CA 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.

    My check-in time is after 3p on 8.31.19. Can I still get my magic band from the hotel when I arrive at 6am on 8.31.19 so I can go to the park that same day?

    Hello, Kelsey. Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question. 

    I know you have to be getting excited for your Walt Disney World vacation. The countdown is on! I think you'll be happy to know that at the stroke of midnight on your check-in day your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel benefits begin. When you arrive at your resort, you'll be able to pick up your MagicBand package no problem. If there is a park that has Extra Magic Hours that morning, as a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Guest, you'll have early access to that park! Take advantage of that, you'll be shocked at how much you can accomplish early in the morning before to park opens up to the general public. Even if your room isn't ready, you can also use the pool at your resort. My family and I always drive to Walt Disney World and arrive early. We want that full first day experience. I love starting off our trip with Mickey waffles by the pool for breakfast! Keep in mind you can online check-in to your resort up to 60 days in advance. When you do this, there will be a section where it will ask you when you plan to arrive. This helps the resort better prepare for your arrival and chances are your room might be ready early. If you've used the online check-in system when your room is ready you'll receive a text message with your room number. This allows you to bypass the front desk, which you'll already have been to for the day, and head straight to your room after your day at the Parks. If you have the My Disney Experience app downloaded to your phone, you'll even be able to use the app to open your door. It's pretty neat! 

    I hope this helps answer your question. If you have any other questions, please feel free to come back and ask. Enjoy your trip! 
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Meet the Panelist: Jackie, North Carolina

I love all things Walt Disney World.  In fact, since becoming Annual Passholders, my family of 3 is always hopping in the car for a quick trip to visit with Mickey Mouse!  I've been known to make the 8 hour each way drive to Walt Disney World (in one day!) to indulge in a Mickey Waffle or enjoy a sunny day at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.  I may have a small family, but we are always up for some BIG fun at the Walt Disney World Resort.   Learn More About Jackie

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