Check in at Disney's Animal Kingdom Resort
  • On Aug 26, 2022
    Helen from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, We are staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge in Dec. Our first day in the park will also be our travel day. Will I be able to start making Genie+ Lightning Lane selections at 7am even though we will not have checked into our hotel yet?

    Hiya Helen and welcome to planDisney!

    Your visit to the Walt Disney World Resort sounds practically perfect in every way. A Christmastime vacation at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and Theme Park Reservations via the Disney Park Pass System immediately upon arrival? Well, you're just hitting the ground running!

    I'm happy to tell you that you are a Guest of the Walt Disney World Resort at the stroke of midnight on your arrival day. At 7 AM you can use your Disney Genie+ Service to make those Lightning Lane Selections along with the Guests who are already fully checked in. When you get to your resort, just drop those bags off at the Bell Services Desk and head into your first park for some immediate magic. 

    Pro-tip: Please don't forget to use the Online Check-In Service. You let your Disney Resorts Collection hotel what time you plan to arrive. While the official check-in time isn't until 4 PM, my rooms have pretty consistently been ready or very nearly ready no matter what time I arrived.

    Helen, have a great time this holly jolly season. Keep an eye on Disney Parks Blog for news on the holiday happenings. And if you have any other questions, please feel free to come back for another chat!

    Happy holidays in advance!

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