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  • On Oct 9, 2023
    Eric from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello, our flight for Disneyworld got moved to an earlier time so we’d be arriving at 1am on the day of our check in, what would the earliest we’d be able to get into our room be ?

    Hiya, Eric, and welcome to planDisney. Your Walt Disney World Resort visit is coming soon, so let's look at some options for an early check-in at your magical Disney Resort Hotel

    Check-in at most Disney Resort Hotels typically begins around 3:00 p.m. On a recent stay at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, my room wasn't ready until close to 4:00 p.m., so room availability times often depend on how busy the resort is. I had prioritized a ground-floor location, so I was okay with waiting a bit longer.

    If you've made any Room Requests, that might impact your check-in time. You can see the request options for your specific resort by going online and hovering over the My Disney Experience tab. Click My Plans and scroll to your resort reservation.

    To the far right, you'll see a blue box to Start Check-in or Update Check-in, depending on what you've done so far. Tap "See All" for options, and scroll to "Room Requests." Most hotels offer a box to check that will prioritize an early check-in above all other room requests, so if that's important to you, please check that box. 

    Even with that request, there's no guarantee your room will be ready by 3:00, so please keep that in mind when setting your room priorities. You can also call Disney Resort Hotel Reservations for help setting up your room requests.

    When I arrive too early to check in, I often leave my luggage with Bell Services and hop on the complimentary resort transportation to spend some time at Disney Springs or one of the Theme Parks. You can pick up your bags anytime after you get a text notification that your room is ready. I like squeezing every second of magic while I'm on a Disney vacation!

    Eric, I'm sending pixie dust and pocket watches so you can time your arrival perfectly. Please stop by planDisney anytime!

    Magic awaits,
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Bright Suns! I'm Elaine, a retired teacher dividing my time between my home state of Kentucky and the Sunshine State. I married my college sweetheart, and now that our only son is grown, we are exploring the empty-nest life. My family has been visiting Walt Disney World Resort for over 25 years, so if you have questions about adult-only visits, plant-based meals, thrill attractions, and Florida-resident perks, I'm here for you in full Force. Like Yoda would say, "Trips, we will plan!" Learn More About Elaine

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