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  • On Mar 19, 2023
    Sharon from MD Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is there a option for early check in for the Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel or other hotels?

    Hello there, Sharon!

    From one Marylander to another, welcome to planDisney! Your question is music to my ears because I think the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel is one of the best-kept secrets on the Walt Disney World Resort property. The hotel is conveniently located along Disney’s BoardWalk, and you can take a short walk or Friendship boat ride to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

    Now, you can certainly request early check-in at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel or any of the Disney Resorts Collection hotels, but there is no guarantee of an early check-in time. To request an early check-in at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, you’ll need to use the Marriott Bonvoy app. You can call the Hotel to make your early check-in request or request it on the app on the day of your stay. 

    As for any of the Disney Resorts hotels, once your Disney Resort hotel reservation is linked to your My Disney Experience account, you can use the Direct-to-Room service on the My Disney Experience app to do Online Check-In before your arrival. Once you are in the Online Check-In window, open the My Disney Experience app, scroll down to your Resort reservation, and select “Start Check-In Now.” A new window will open up, and you can note your arrival window in the app, but selecting a time before official resort check-in does not guarantee room access before check-in. Make sure to enter your phone number and email in the Direct-to-Room service window to get texts whenever your room is ready. Did you know you can even unlock your hotel room door with your My Disney Experience app? You don’t need to stop at the front desk with Direct-to-Room service.

    Any of the Resort hotels on the Walt Disney World Resort property will allow you to check your luggage with bell services on arrival, even if your room isn’t ready. This is a great perk when you want to hit the theme parks or take advantage of the luxurious pools. Let me know if you’re looking for any other vacation planning tips because you’ve got a friend in me.

    May the magic be with you!

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Hello there! I'm Melanie - a Walt Disney World Resort-loving Jersey girl living in Maryland with my Jedi Brewmaster husband and Bluey lookalike dog. Before I was even born, I grew up taking multigenerational vacations with my family at Disney's Beach Club Resort. The Disney force has grown stronger in my family since we took an adults-only voyage aboard Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. Whether you want to feel like a Disney Princess or a Jedi-in-training, I can't wait to help you plan a harmonious vacation. Learn More About Melanie

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