• On Nov 18, 2021
    Milissa from PR Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    how can I request early check in at my hotel?

    Hello, Milissa! Welcome to planDisney! 

    Oh my pumpkin spice, your Walt Disney World Resort vacation is only four days away! I just know you're going to have a lovely Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and family at The Most Magical Place on Earth.

    It sounds like you plan to get an early start on your vacation, and I can't blame you one bit! When you're going to Walt Disney World, you want the magic to begin as soon as possible, right? I have great news for you on that front, Milissa! You can check in as soon as you arrive at your Disney Resorts Collection hotel - no need to request an earlier time. The official 3 p.m. check-in time is actually when you should expect your room to be ready for you, but it doesn't affect when you may begin the process.

    In fact, you can check in right now if you like with Disney's Direct-to-Room service! If you have the My Disney Experience mobile app on your phone, open it up and scroll down until you see the listing for your Resort hotel reservation. You'll see a button that says "Start Check-In Now." Click there and you'll get a prompt to enter information like a cell phone number, the credit card you plan to use for room charges, and even an estimated arrival time. Then, when you arrive, you can choose to head straight to a theme park and get the fun started! You'll receive a notification when your room is ready, including your room number - and that's it! (Feel free to drop your bags off at your Resort hotel, too. They'll keep everything for you until you pick them up later!)

    Here's a helpful video on using Disney's Direct-to-Room service that will show you exactly how it works.

    Milissa, are you getting excited? You're in for quite an adventure next week, and I'm so happy for you to have a touch of pixie dust during the holiday. Thank you so much for stopping by to see us here at planDisney, and I wish you and your family a magical vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort!

    Keep Disney Dreaming,

    Kathy K.
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Meet the Panelist: Kathy, Florida

I've lived my whole life just an hour's drive from Walt Disney World, so I've been a regular visitor for as long as I can remember. Even after all these years and so many visits, I love that there's still so much to discover! Now that I'm a mom myself, seeing my favorite place through my son's eyes has given me a whole new perspective that I enjoy sharing with other parents of young children. Learn More About Kathy

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