Christmas on Main Street
  • On Oct 25, 2018
    Nichole from NY 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 are going to WDW for Christmas, beginning December 21st through December 26th. Our park tickets start on the 21st, and we check into our resort on the 21st. What's the best way to go about arrival since we can't check in until 3pm?

    Hi Nichole,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I know you all must be super excited for your upcoming trip!

    First, make sure you have completed online check-in. When I do online check-in, I always include my cell phone number so that I can receive text message alerts when our room is ready. On most of our visits, our room has been ready before the official check-in time. On a few occasions, it was not ready until check-in time. 

    I suggest that you follow one of two plans. Assume that your room is ready by the time you arrive. If you are so fortunate, then you could just drop your bags in the room and head to the park. If your room is not ready by the time you arrive, you could leave your bags at the bell services desk and then head to the park. There is a third possibility. If our room is not ready when we arrive, we typically will hang out at the resort and grab lunch. Usually it is ready by the time we finish lunch. Then, we put our bags in the room and head to the park!

    Nichole, I do hope you have dining reservations and Fast Pass+ selections. Since we typically fly and I anticipate flight delays, I make our first dining reservation or Fast Pass+ for hours after our arrival time. If, for example, we are scheduled to arrive at 9:00 a.m., I will make our first Fast Pass+ and dining reservations no earlier than 3:00 p.m. If you are driving, you have more control over your arrival time.

    Enjoy the spirit of the season - the parks and resorts are simply gorgeous!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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