• On Nov 1, 2019
    Lisa from MS 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.

    We are planning a trip the weekend of January 11th. We will leave right after work and drive all night. Do we need to book a room for the 10th if we won't get there until 4am on the 11th? We will need to rest and shower before the parks.

    Hi there, Lisa! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! We appreciate you taking the time to reach out and ask your Walt Disney World Resort vacation question!

    I have done a very similar road trip with my own family! When we previously lived in Georgia, we would often drive all night and make it to Orlando, Florida in the early hours of the morning! Due to this, I have some experience-based advice for you.

    At times, I have had my room come available at around 7:00 am at the Disney Resort hotel my family is staying at. That being said, this is never guaranteed as the official check-in time is at 3:00 pm at all Disney Resort hotels outside of the Disney Deluxe Villas. These resorts have a check-in time of 4:00 pm. 

    If you are concerned about getting a bit of rest prior to your day in the parks, I would recommend reserving a room for the night of January 10th. This way, you will guarantee that you and your family will have a room to stay in as soon as you arrive! If you would like to save a bit of money, you can always choose a Disney Resort hotel that has a cheaper nightly rate for your arrival night. Once you check-out of this room, you can then have Bell Services transfer your luggage to the next Disney Resort hotel you are staying at!

    I hope you and your family have a magical time visiting Walt Disney World Resort!

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