• On Jan 12, 2018
    Katy from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Checking in on a Tuesday and using it as our non-park play day! Do we have the option to access the hotel pool, Disney springs and dining plan prior to check in?

    Hi, there!

     I'm so happy to see you have a Walt Disney World Resort vacation planned. My family always uses our arrival day as a "non-park play day" too, so I have some great suggestions for you!

     Katy, you can check-in at your Resort hotel as soon as you arrive. Your room may not be ready for you yet, but you are welcome to start enjoying the benefits of staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel right away! Did you know you can even complete the check-in process online, prior to your arrival?

     We typically check our luggage with Disney's Magical Express, so we pack a backpack for our "non-park play day" knowing that our other luggage will be delivered to our room later in the day. If you have your luggage with you, the Cast Members at the Front Desk will be happy to hold it for you so you can begin to explore your Resort hotel!

     After checking-in, my family visits the Quick Service dining location to pick up our refillable drink mugs and lunch with our Quick Service meal entitlements on the Disney Dining Plan. Then, we head straight for the pool! We pack our swimsuits in our backpack so we don't need to worry about whether our other bags have arrived yet. 

     Our room is usually ready by the time we're done swimming. We get changed there and then travel to Disney Springs for dinner using our Table Service entitlements!

     Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Katy. Wishing you a magical Walt Disney World Resort vacation!



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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Pennsylvania

Hi, there! I'm Ashley, and I have been a fan of all things Disney for as long as I can remember. My family and I enjoy sprinkling Disney magic into our everyday lives, but we most love making memories together on a Walt Disney World Resort vacation! The unique entertainment, fantastic dining, and incredible attractions completely immerse our family in the magic of Disney storytelling and keep us coming back to "The Most Magical Place on Earth" year after year.  Learn More About Ashley

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