• On Oct 2, 2018
    Shana from SC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Could you please explain online check-in to me? We will be arriving in the morning on our first day plan to visit Magic Kingdom when we arrive. If we do online check-in, will we just be able to go straight to our room when we arrive at our resort? Thanks!

    Hi Shana,

    Thanks for visiting Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I always opt for Online Check-in for my trips to Walt Disney World as it's a convenient way to skip the Front Desk at check-in. Keep in mind that Online Check-in is simply a convenience to skip the Front Desk and not a guarantee that your room will be ready before standard check-in time. Standard check-in time is 4:00 p.m. for Disney Deluxe Villas and 3:00 p.m. for the other Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

    When you use the Online Check-in service, you'll be presented with a form that asks for additional information including a mobile number where you can receive text messages. If you complete Online Check-in and arrive before check-in time, you'll receive text messages to alert you when your room is ready and to let you know your room number. If you receive your MagicBands in the mail before starting your travel and use Online Check-in, you can go directly to your room when it's ready. While I have at times received a really pleasant surprise with a text message that my room was available before check-in time, I always plan around standard check-in time.

    On many trips, we arrive early in the morning because of flight schedules. We use Disney's Magical Express, and they handle delivering checked bags to our resort. When we arrive at our resort, we drop off any carry-on bags with Bell Services to store and we head off straight to the theme parks to get the magic started early.

    Shana, here's wishing you a wonderful stay at Walt Disney World

    Enjoy your Disney!

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