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  • On Mar 6, 2009
    K 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 are the advantages/disadvantages for checking in online? Does it give us a better chance of getting our room requests?


    The Disney online check-in procedure is a brand new feature just recently introduced to guests. I have not had the opportunity to try this out yet but am looking forward to using it on my upcoming trip in a couple of weeks. The biggest advantage with this system will be the reduction of time it takes guests to check in. This procedure will help streamline the steps a guest must go thru when arriving at the resort and will get you on your way to the WDW magic even faster.

    The procedure allows you to provide billing information, like which credit card to use for room charges, and verify guest information up to ten days before your arrival. The online check in will also ask for information regarding your expected arrival time. This will help the resort be prepared for your party. Once you arrive at the resort, you will proceed to a separate line reserved for online check in guests, were you will pick up your keys and resort packets.

    With the online check in, you will have the opportunity to input room requests but there is no guarantee that all of those requests will be able to be filled. Often rooms must be assigned by needs like adjoining rooms for parties with small children. The resorts will continue to fill as many requests as possible, however utilizing online check in will not guarantee you with a greater chance of a specific room.

    I think guests will find the convenience of having everything ready for them upon their arrival and added bonus to Disney's fantastic customer service.
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Meet the Panelist: Margaret, Illinois

Hiya friends. I’m Margaret, mom to four young men and wife to my Prince Charming. Raised on the southside of Chicago, we have now moved our castle to the suburban cornfields. We are a pin trading, Hidden Mickey hunting, resort hopping family who loves to debate the best Disney World resort or attraction over the dinner table. I am thrilled to share some of our favorite tips and tricks in hopes it will add even more magic to your Disney World adventure. Learn More About Margaret

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