• On Jun 2, 2021
    Carson from UT 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 you check into your resort? I see check in is 4:00 but we land around noon and want to get into the park as soon as we can. Can we check in early or drop bags off at the resort? I also saw with the Disney band you don't have to check in?

    Hi Carson, and welcome to planDisney!

    After months of planning and hours of travel, I can’t blame you a bit for wanting to get your Walt Disney World Resort vacation started right away! My family lives close by, but I definitely know the feeling. As soon as I see that welcome sign, I’m ready for the magic to begin.

    And the great news is, you don't have to wait for your vacation to start! The second you arrive at your Disney Resorts Collection hotel, even if it’s well before the official check-in time, you can leave your luggage with Bell Services and be off to the fun.

    Your key to really hit the ground running is to check in online through the My Disney Experience app on your phone and use the Direct-to-Room service. Just scroll down the home page a bit until you see your Resort hotel listed. Click on “Start Check-In Now,” and follow the prompts to get your online check-in underway. Then when you arrive at the Resort hotel, you can bypass the front desk and head straight to the parks! You’ll receive a text with your room number when it’s ready, and since you can open the door with your MagicBands or the Unlock Door feature on the app, you can go right to your room when it’s time for a break from the parks!

    And when you’re back in the room, just call Bell Services on your in-room phone and let them know they can deliver your luggage. It really couldn’t be easier to get your vacation started from the moment you arrive!

    I hope this helps you plan an amazing stay at the Most Magical Place on Earth, Carson. Please stop by and see us again if you have any more questions, and have a blast on your vacation!

    Keep Disney Dreaming,

    Kathy K.
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Meet the Panelist: Kathy, Florida

I've lived my whole life just an hour's drive from Walt Disney World, so I've been a regular visitor for as long as I can remember. Even after all these years and so many visits, I love that there's still so much to discover! Now that I'm a mom myself, seeing my favorite place through my son's eyes has given me a whole new perspective that I enjoy sharing with other parents of young children. Learn More About Kathy

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