• On Jun 11, 2018
    Jennifer from AR 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.

    I know I can’t really request an adjoining room until check-in, but my parents and sister aren’t getting to WDW until a day after my family. Should we pack an overnight bag for the first night and expect to change rooms after they arrive and check in?

    Hi Jennifer,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! It sounds like you have an amazing family trip planned! 

    First, I want to be sure that you have read this fabulous answer from another Moms Panelist about the difference between adjoining and connecting rooms. On a prior trip, we were unable to get first floor adjoining rooms in the Garden Wing at Disney's Contemporary Resort. We just decided to take all of our bags into the room on the first day. And, we decided not to try to move the next day. Our rooms were down the hall from one another and we still had a fabulous trip! We honestly spent so little time in the rooms that it did not matter at all.

    I will suggest that you make sure that the request is noted on your reservations. Do online check-in and have the alert messages sent to your mobile phone. Once you get that alert that your rooms are ready, check the room locations. If they are not adjoining, contact the resort hotel (there should be a phone number listed in the text message) to make the request again. If you arrive before receiving a text message that your rooms are ready, just go to the front desk of the resort hotel and ask a cast member to help you!

    Jennifer, also be sure you have reviewed a resort map that shows the building and room locations of your resort. I always check one before we go so that I know which rooms are close to transportation, dining and the pool(s)!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,

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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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