• On Feb 24, 2018
    Denise from MI 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.

    First time staying on Disney property and wonder if we are able to arrive early at our resort (Port Orleans Riverside), park and use the boat ferry to Disney Springs prior to the 3 pm check-in? Thank you!

    Hi Denise! Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    I'm thrilled that you are staying at a Disney Resort hotel during your visit! It is definitely the way to go, especially with all of the amazing benefits that you receive like complimentary transportation and the ability to send purchases from most locations in the theme parks and Disney Springs back to your Disney Resort hotel for pick-up at a later time.

    You can use the ferryboat from Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside on your check-in day, even if you arrive early. When you arrive at the entrance of the parking lot of this beautiful Disney Resort hotel, a Cast Member will verify your reservation. The easiest way to do this is to have your MagicBand available for scanning, but the reservation can also be looked up if you don't have your MagicBand yet and are picking it up at the front desk upon arrival.

    If you wish, you can check with the front desk to see if your room is ready early, or you can go straight to the ferryboat and head for a fun day of shopping and dining at Disney Springs. My family can easily spend the whole day at Disney Springs and we often go there on our arrival day, just like you plan to do!

    If you can, try to dine at Boatwright's Dining Hall during your stay. It is open for dinner and their Deep South Shrimp and Grits is so creamy and delicious, I am drooling just thinking about it!

    Enjoy your vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Tabitha, Tennessee

Hello all! I'm a happily married, proud mom to two young children, and I love to plan trips to Walt Disney World Resort. One of my favorite things about taking a Disney Parks vacation is that there is always something new and wonderful to discover, no matter if this is your first trip or if you visit multiple times per year. I'm excited to help you plan your next adventure!
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