• On Aug 24, 2016
    Renae from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, my families first visit to Disney World will be this October 2016. We are staying at Port Orleans: Riverside and will be arriving at Orlando airport pretty early around 9AM. What is the best way to try and get into a room earlier than check in time.

    Hello Renae, and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    I love that you are starting your vacation bright and early! Morning flights are my favorite, especially when my destination is Walt Disney World.

    There have been times when I arrived prior to check-in at my Disney Resort Hotel and my room was ready and other times when I had to wait. Your best bet is to complete the Online Resort Check-in process in advance of your trip. When you do this, you will be able to select an arrival time. This does not guarantee that your room will be ready, but it does give a heads up to the Cast Members at the Front Desk that you will be arriving in the morning.

    Once you arrive at Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside, head straight to the Online Check-In Desk, where you may complete the process. If your room is ready, you can head straight there. If not, you should have the option to be notified of your room number via text when it's available.

    Even if your room isn't ready, feel free to leave your luggage with Bell Services and enjoy your day! You could head straight to the parks and Disney Springs is just a boat ride away. Or you may enjoy a dip in the pool while you wait.

    Wishing you a magical vacation, Renae! Please let us know if you have any other questions as you plan.

    Andrea U.
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, North Carolina

Born and raised in Florida, I have been a fan of Walt Disney World Resort for my entire life. My husband and I love watching our preschool and kindergarten-age sons experience new attractions as they grow with each visit. In my house, we believe you’re never too old or too young to have a fantastic time at the Walt Disney World Resort! Learn More About Andrea

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