Giraffes at Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • On Dec 24, 2019
    Danielle from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    2 night AKL resort only reservation (no parks) before DCL vacation. 3 people in room, however my friend is arriving on night two. Do I add her now or wait until check in day and add her as a guest? She would want to ride Magical Express.

    Hi Danielle!

    Your vacation sounds practically perfect in every way! I cannot think of a more magical way to spend a Walt Disney World Resort vacation than by starting at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and then setting sail with Disney Cruise Line!!

    I definitely recommend you add your friend now. She will need to be on the Disney Resort hotel reservation in order to ride on Disney's Magical Express. Plus, by adding your friend to the reservation now, you will be able to order a MagicBand for her.

    I love how you are planning Resort hotel days at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. It's so amazing. It's a vacation within a vacation! I can spend hours gazing at the savannas! As I'm sure you know, you have plenty of amazing dining options! Be sure you visit Zawadi Marketplace! It's my favorite Disney Resort hotel retail location at Walt Disney World Resort. I love the combination of Disney merchandise and African-themed items.

    Oh my goodness! I'm beyond excited for you!

    Thanks so much for sharing your question with the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Please let me know if you need any other information as you plan your vacation! Enjoy every magical moment!

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Meet the Panelist: Kari, Texas

"Welcome home," Disney friends! I'm Kari, a wife and mom from Texas. In 1997, we became Disney Vacation Club Members and have enjoyed every magical moment. We have also set sail on the Disney Cruise Line, enjoyed the benefits of Annual Passes and put our best foot forward with runDisney. I love helping Guests add pixie dust to their vacation plans! How may I help you add magic to your next Disney vacation?

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