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  • On Sep 1, 2023
    Ellen from KS Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Requesting early check in

    Hello and welcome to planDisney, Ellen!

    Your Walt Disney World Resort arrival date will arrive before you know it, and getting those last-minute questions answered will make all the difference, especially in this late-stage planning phase. 

    You can request an early check-in when you complete the Online Check-in via the My Disney Experience mobile app. Please note that you can choose the time, but know it is not guaranteed. I have always requested early check-ins; some have come through, and others have not. I even had an occasion when we arrived and sat in the lobby because I had some work to do. I checked with the Front Desk, and it was ready. Again, that is not the norm, but it was a great surprise. On another occasion, we were preparing to change resorts with the full expectation that it would be later in the day before we got our room, and the text came early in the morning. I say all of that to say, put in the request, but have a plan in place to store your luggage and go and grab a bite to eat, enjoy the resort amenities, or visit one of the 4 theme parks, one of the Disney Water Parks or Disney Springs, while you wait. 

    Please let us know if you have additional questions. 

    Have a magical time!

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Meet the Panelist: Raquel, Texas

As a mom of two children 6 years apart in age, it takes some creative planning to give each child a memorable Disney experience. Adding in a sprinkle of surprise pixie dust makes each vacation special for everyone.
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