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  • On Jun 26, 2019
    Amy from on Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hello! We would like to use our dining plan credits for lunch in MK on the same day that we arrive at the hotel. If we go to the front desk early (even if our room is not ready), will we count as checked in and able to use dining plan credits for lunch?

    It's great to see you here today at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Amy!

    I'm so happy to hear that you'll be using the Disney Dining Plan on your upcoming vacation. My family and I use it all the time when we travel to Walt Disney World Resort because we love that it saves us money but still allows us to eat pretty much whatever we want! I know that everyone spends a lot of time thinking about the attractions they want to enjoy and the Disney Characters they want to meet, but you can pretty much always find me dreaming about the food I'm going to eat on my next holiday.

    I think that using your Dining Plan credits on the day you arrive is a great idea! The best way to do this is to use Online Resort Check-In through My Disney Experience. When you check-in online up to 60 days before you arrive, your Dining Plan credits will be ready to go in your account and you can use your MagicBand to access them as soon as you get there. When you arrive at your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, you won't even have to visit the Front Desk to check in, you can just leave any extra bags you're carrying with Bell Services and head straight to Magic Kingdom Park! You'll get a text when your room is ready, and the room number will show up in your My Disney Experience app. If you used Disney's Magical Express as transportation from the airport, your bags will even show up to your room like magic too.

    I hope this answers your question, Amy, and please let us know if there's anything else we can do to help you plan your magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Jessica, Texas

I'm a personal stylist and I live in Texas with my husband and our two rescue animals. We are Disney-obsessed and love enjoying all the magic that's out there especially for grown-ups. In fact, we even opted-out of a tropical honeymoon to spend a blissful week at Walt Disney World instead! I'm thrilled to be on the Disney Parks Moms Panel and I'm excited to share everything I've learned from all of our trips and help you plan a memorable family vacation.  Learn More About Jessica

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