• On Sep 5, 2017
    Reveca from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My family and I will be traveling to Walt Disney World for the first time in 2018. If we arrive early can our magic bands be activated by the hotel early so we can go to the parks before our check in time to our hotel around 4:00pm?

    Hi, Reveca! 

    I know your family must be so excited to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth for the very first time next year! And I'm sure your head is swirling with all sorts of questions about how to make this vacation as special as possible. You've come to the right place, and we hope you'll continue to drop by the Disney Parks Moms Panel for help as you countdown to experiencing all the magic and wonder of the Walt Disney World Resort!

    Reveca, my family normally likes to arrive early, so we can hit the ground running as soon as possible. Your first option is to complete the online check-in available in My Disney Experience. This will be available 60 days prior to arrival and allows you to bypass the Front Desk as long as you have your MagicBands in hand. When you complete this process, you will be able to put in your mobile number and/or email address to be alerted when your resort room is ready. The text or email will include your room number so you can head straight there once you get back from the theme parks. Your other option is to check-in at the Front Desk to make sure everything is in order before you head out to the parks. We normally like to do this for peace of mind, and it's nice to be able to leave our luggage with Bell Services if we've driven our own car. We've arrived as early as 8:00 a.m. and were surprised our room was ready that early on one occasion! 

    So be ready to put those MagicBands to work right away, Reveca! You'll enjoy the convenience of having your park tickets, FastPass+ selections, PhotoPass, room key and charging options all-in- one. They are also a fun accessory and keepsake! 

    Thank you again for stopping in with this great question! Please keep us posted, Reveca!

    Have a magical day!

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Meet the Panelist: Nancy, Georgia

Ahoy there!I'm excited to help you plan a magical voyage filled with pixie dust onboard one of the magnificent Disney cruise ships. As a mom of two,I love planning a Disney cruise and can't wait for you to experience all that DCL has to offer. Learn More About Nancy

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