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  • On Aug 9, 2022
    Elizabeth from IN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Driving down for our stay. On day of resort check in, can we go straight to a park and get free parking without checking into the resort first?

    Hey there, Elizabeth! Welcome to planDisney. Thanks for dropping by to chit-chat about your upcoming Walt Disney World vacation. 

    Elizabeth, are you getting so excited about your most magical trip? You'll be soaking up all of the pixie dust in just a little over one month's time. I hope the countdown is on. 

    I, too, drive myself to Walt Disney World and I am very familiar with how the parking system works. On the day of your check-in, no matter the time, you are considered an on-property Guest. Because of that all of the perks get extended to you such as early entrance and complimentary theme park parking. When you pull up to the parking attendant booths, they'll want to scan your MagicBand to verify you are an on-property Guest and then you'll be free to park. 

    Did you know that you can do online check-in via your MyDisneyExperience account? If you sign up for the text notifications, you'll be alerted when your room is ready, what the number is and even given a resort map. By doing this, you can bypass the front desk altogether and head straight to your room after your long day at the Walt Disney World Theme Parks. It's amazing! 

    I hope this helps you plan out your arrival day, Elizabeth. If you have any more questions, please feel free to stop back by and ask me. I'm here to help. 

    Have a wonderful time!
    Jackie H. 
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Meet the Panelist: Jackie, North Carolina

I love all things Walt Disney World.  In fact, since becoming Annual Passholders, my family of 3 is always hopping in the car for a quick trip to visit with Mickey Mouse!  I've been known to make the 8 hour each way drive to Walt Disney World (in one day!) to indulge in a Mickey Waffle or enjoy a sunny day at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.  I may have a small family, but we are always up for some BIG fun at the Walt Disney World Resort.   Learn More About Jackie

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