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  • On Aug 25, 2023
    John from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How early can we arrive at our DVC resort without checking in

    Hey Howdy Hey, John!

    Welcome Home and welcome to planDisney!  How exciting that you have an upcoming Disney vacation just on the horizon.  A whole new world of magic awaits you, and with your stay at your Disney Vacation Club Resort, you will have all of the amenities of a home-away-from-home while being immersed in the magic!

    John, you are able to use the Direct-to-Room service and complete online check-in on your phone using the My Disney Experience Mobile App, prior to your arrival.  There, you can indicate your early arrival time - this lets the Resort know that you'll be arriving early and would love to have the earliest check-in possible.  While you can note you will be there early, typically rooms aren't ready before 3 p.m. at most Disney Resort Hotels or 4 p.m. for Disney Vacation Club Villas. If you decide to do the Direct-to-Room service, then you will be alerted via text or push notification from the My Disney Experience when your room is ready.  Alternatively, you can check your My Disney Experience app to see if your room is ready.

    In the meantime, on the day of check-in, you can drop your luggage at Bell Services which will give you a claim ticket.  I chatted with Roberta at Guest Services who noted that generally speaking, Bell Services is open 24 hours, however, they are less staffed in the overnight hours between 10 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.  They are fully open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (times subject to change). So, if you'd like to arrive to your Disney Vacation Club Resort at 7:00 a.m., you can leave your luggage with them then if you like.  You can go about your day, visit one of the theme parks, or enjoy the on-property amenities.  When your room is ready, you can go directly to your room.  You can open your door using your My Disney Experience app. You may also be able to use your MagicBand to open your door, but sometimes, they don't work right away until you visit the Front Desk and have them reconnected.  

    If you are busy enjoying the magic in the parks, you don't have to come back when your room is ready. You can continue to enjoy some pixie dust until you are ready to return to the hotel. Then, just call down Bell Services when you return to your room, and with a Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, they'll bring your luggage directly to you!

    If you have any further questions, stop back and see me. I'll be so happy to help you.

    Have fun making magical memories!
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Meet the Panelist: Keri, Massachusetts

Hi there, I'm Keri from Massachusetts, a wife and mom to preteen twins and a teen. Since my first magical visit to Walt Disney World at age three, I've loved all things Disney. My husband found his passion for pixie dust on our honeymoon and his first visit to a Disney park. Soon after, we joined Disney Vacation Club, which has afforded us unforgettable family vacations for the last 20 years. Disney Vacation Club has helped us create our most magical vacation memories. I can't wait to help you plan yours. Learn More About Keri

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