Family checking in at Art of Animation
  • On Nov 4, 2019
    John from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Can you still do online check in for a Disney resort without a magic band? Do you still have wait in line to get your bands

    Hi John!

    MagicBands are your key to the magic when staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel! Your MagicBands function as the key to your room and your theme park admission, as well as access your FastPass+ selections, the Disney Dining Plan, and even make charges to your room if you wish!

    Typically you can personalize your complimentary MagicBands and have them sent to your home in the United States before your visit. If you don’t personalize them, or if it is too close to your visit, you will need to pick up your MagicBands at the front desk of your Walt Disney World Resort upon arrival.

    I highly recommend doing Online Check-in before your arrival, and you don't have to have a MagicBand to do this. While you will still need to stop at the front desk after arrival to receive your MagicBands, doing Online Check-in will make this process faster. In my experience, the process is overall relatively quick and smooth. If the line is long upon your arrival, and you have done Online Check-in and received a text that your room is ready, you can use the Unlock Door option on your smart phone in the My Disney Experience Mobile App. Go directly to your room, then return to the front desk for your MagicBands a little later!

    I hope this helps to answer your question, John! Please let us know if you have additional questions before your visit.

    Have a Magical Day!
    - Kate
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Meet the Panelist: Kate, Indiana

"Welcome Home!" I'm Kate, a mom and nurse from Indiana. A lifelong Disney fan, Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, planned romantic trips for two and made FastPass+ reservations for an entire marching band! Whether dining with Mickey, surfing in Hawaii, or relaxing around the pool we make the most of our Disney Vacation Club Membership. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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