• On Sep 13, 2017
    Kelly from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Do we need to check in to our hotel before we can use magic bands for a dining reservation or to go to a park?

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Kelly! 

    Part of the fun with My Disney Experience (your online "Disney Account"), is the ability to complete your Online Check-In up to 60 days prior to your arrival. Once you complete this process you are pretty much "checked-in" to your Walt Disney World® Resort hotel and are free to begin experiencing all the fun before you ever step into your Resort hotel room! Your online check-in may be done from your My Disney Experience Account on the Walt Disney World® Resort website, or the My Disney Experience App available for your smartphone. 

    Now, if you are arriving via Disney's Magical Express Bus Service from Orlando International Airport, you will have to take this complementary transportation service to your Resort first, as they do not have buses that go directly to the theme parks. You will be able to store your luggage with Bell Services and off you go! 

    If you are driving in, once you pass through that magical entrance gate, you may head to any theme park you like! Your MagicBands will be functional and dining reservations ready.

    With online check-in, you'll receive a text message when your room is ready for your arrival - you are free to play as long as you like before heading to your Resort. For a great Moms Panel Video on your Resort hotel arrival, just select the highlighted link. 

    I hope this helps, Kelly! If you should have any other questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me - I'm here to help. 

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Meet the Panelist: Faith, South Carolina

Hi, doers & dreamers! I am a wife and mother of three active children and we are always on the go. We look forward to our Walt Disney World® Resort vacations as a way of slowing down and reconnecting while still maintaining our active lifestyle. Whether your family wants to take it easy by a resort hotel pool, or speed up during a runDisney race event, I am your planning expert!  Learn More About Faith

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