Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Sep 5, 2013
    Stephanie 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.

    How do the magic bands work with early online check in? I wasn't sure if rooms are assigned when you check in online or when you arrive at the resort. Also, if I do online check in, is there still any chance of an upgrade on arrival? Thanks!

    Hi Stephanie!

    Disney's Online Resort Check-In is a great way to streamline your check-in process, that way you can get to the fun more quickly!  Upon arrival you will just need to show a photo id, your welcome packet and Key To The World Cards (if not using Magic Bands) will be waiting.  Rooms are not assigned well in advance, due to cancellations and other issues a cast member will typically wait until shortly before you trip to schedule room assignments.  If you need your room ready earlier than the standard check-in time, make sure to check the box indicating this when making room requests during your online check-in.  This option will let cast members know that you would like a room ready as soon as possible, the only down side is that you may not receive specific requests such as location in order to have your room ready.  Also, another great feature is to input your mobile number so that you can receive a text once your room is ready.

    Stephanie, I wish there was a magic genie button to press that would get that upgrade for you! If you do find one, let me know.  ;-)  There is always a chance for an upgrade no matter if you are using online check-in or the traditional check-in, upgrades are given based on inventory and sometimes it may just be your turn for some extra magic.  Cast members love to sprinkle guests with as much pixie dust as they can, but it's just not always possible.  I wouldn't expect to receive an upgrade, but it makes a nice surprise if you receive one.  Plus, in my experience it can never hurts to ask.

    Thank you for visiting us at Disney Parks Moms Panel, Stephanie!  Please come see me again if you have anymore questions or need advice.

    Happy Planning!
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My husband and I are the parents of five rambunctious Disney loving children.I  I'm passionate about helping families find the magic that is Disney , so let me show you all the magic and savings that awaits on your next Disney vacation! Learn More About Mandy

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