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  • On Nov 22, 2019
    Jackie from MO Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I'm staying on property and will go to a park before check-in. If I check my bags, use the magical express & check in online, can we just go straight to the park without stopping at the resort? Will I know when our room/bags are ready?

    It's great to see you here today at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Jackie!

    It sounds like we have a lot in common because I always book myself an early flight when I'm planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation so I can squeeze in as much magic as possible. There are lots of things that you can do to make an early arrival run smoothly so you can head into the Theme Parks as soon as possible, so let's take a look at how you can make those digital tools work for you.

    Taking advantage of Direct-To-Room Service is a great way to get a head start on the Resort Hotel check-in process so you can skip the Front Desk on arrival day. You'll receive a text as soon as your room is ready and that information will be available for you to access through your My Disney Experience app as well. If you're taking Disney's Magical Express from the airport you will be dropped off at your Resort Hotel and from there you can just hop on a bus, boat, monorail, or Disney Skyliner to your favorite Theme Park. If you've already completed Online Check-In and you don't have any carry-on luggage that you want to leave with Bell Services, you can bypass the Front Desk completely! When you're ready to come back for the day, you can open your room door with your MagicBand or your smartphone using the My Disney Experience app and hopefully, your bags will be waiting there for you as well.

    Have a magical day, Jackie! 

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Meet the Panelist: Jessica, Texas

I'm a personal stylist and I live in Texas with my husband and our two rescue animals. We are Disney-obsessed and love enjoying all the magic that's out there especially for grown-ups. In fact, we even opted-out of a tropical honeymoon to spend a blissful week at Walt Disney World instead! I'm thrilled to be on the Disney Parks Moms Panel and I'm excited to share everything I've learned from all of our trips and help you plan a memorable family vacation.  Learn More About Jessica

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