• On Apr 18, 2018
    Vanessa from RI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Our family is arriving 4/29/18 to MCO at 9am. We are staying at All Star Music-are rooms generally ready before 3pm check in time? I requested early check in on the online option, if not can we leave our luggage at the hotel? suggestions? feedback?

    Hello Vanessa, and welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    You are doing the single digit dance in preparation for your magical vacation. I love to get an early start on a Disney vacation and like you, I try to arrive as early in the day as possible to spend more time in the theme parks. The official resort check-in time is not until 3:00 p.m. Early check-in is not always guaranteed. In my past experience, I have used online check-in through the My Disney Experience app and have received a notification when my room was ready.

    If you are planning to head to Disney Springs or the theme parks when you arrive, I would suggest packing in your carry-on luggage, the items you will need for prior to check-in time. You will definitely want to pack your MagicBands in your carry-on too. You will need them to check-in with the Cast Member at Disney's Magical Express and to also unlock the door to your Resort Hotel Room and to enter the parks. Once you arrive, you can store your carry-on luggage with Bell Services before grabbing a bite to eat or heading to your first attraction for the day. I would also suggest that you stop by the front desk and check with a Cast Member on the status of your early check-in. Enjoy your trip.

    See ya real soon,
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Ohio

Hi there, I am Andrea from the Buckeye State. A very proud mom to my princess who is a former Miss Ohio. Friends and family describe me as a "Disney Nerd" and Star Wars fangirl. I have made 30 trips and counting to the Walt Disney World Resort in all stages of life since 1972 as a small child, a young mom with a toddler and now as an empty nester. The love of vacation planning runs strong in my family. My uncle had it, I have it and with my help, you will have it too. Learn More About Andrea

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