• On May 31, 2017
    Amanda from DE Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi, we have completed online check in. That means we won't have any trouble if we drive straight to Animal Kingdom and stay there until our room is ready? Is it true that they can validate free parking with just our magic bands?

    Hi, Amanda!

    It sounds like you are ready to get the party started!  I did exactly what you have planned during my last visit to Walt Disney World. My family had an early flight, and we had rented a car so we were able to go straight to a theme park since we had completed our Online Check-in. My MagicBand was scanned and we were directed to the parking lot. (Please note: If using Disney's Magical Express, the motorcoach will drop guests off at their home resort. Guests may then take a bus to their desired theme park.)

    I received a text and an email by early afternoon that our resort hotel room was ready, so we then headed back to our resort to unload our luggage and take a mid-day break. After getting organized and refreshed, it was back to the theme parks for us!

    While there is no need to stop by the front desk first, feel free to make a visit there. Friendly Cast Members are always there to answer any questions you might have about your magical vacation.

    Enjoy your visit to Disney's Animal Kingdom. Make plans to see the new Pandora -  The World of Avatar. It is a great addition to this already amazing theme park!

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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

I am a fundraiser/event planner turned stay at home mom. When I am not running to cheerleading practice or a soccer game with my kids, I enjoy scrapbooking, reading, and of course, planning our next Disney adventure!

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