Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Aug 19, 2010
    Lisa from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    hi moms & dads. We will be at WDW 10/18-10/23 & my dh & i are driving down. i want to do the online check in but will not be sure of the time that we will be arriving, Can i still do the online check in with an estimate time of arrival.

    Hi Lisa,

    Your trip will be here before you know it!  I love using Disney's Online Check-in Service - its so easy and makes the process super simple and super fast once you arrive.  The person whose name is on the reservation will have to present his or her photo ID. They will give you a folder with your Key to the World Cards and resort information.

    When I did my online check-in for my last trip, I did list that we were arriving earlier than 3 p.m.  We actually ended up getting there even earlier than I expected. Our room wasn't ready so we grabbed our swimsuits and headed to the pool. They sent me a text (they will call you on your cell if you prefer) to let us know when our room was ready and gave us our room number - that way we didn't have to make another trip to the lobby and could go straight to our room once it was ready.

    The trip before that, we were later than our estimated time of arrival (yes - I'll admit it - I was too excited and took the wrong exit getting off the turnpike).  That wasn't a problem either - our room was ready and we headed up to get a good night's rest before heading out early the next morning.

    Check in for the resorts is 3:00 p.m.  Keep in mind that even if you list you are arriving early, it doesn't mean that they will have your room ready.  If you get lucky, it might be ready.  If not, you are welcome to start enjoying the resort amenities until it is ready.

    Give them the best guestimate you can knowing that they will help you work it out once you arrive - whether your earlier or later than expected.  Wishing you many magical memories :-) Allison
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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