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  • On Nov 8, 2023
    Jacob from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Our reservation at Disney resort is under my name with the Florida resident discount. I am going to be delayed arriving(23 instead of 22) from the rest of my family. What would it look like if they checked in without me?

    Welcome to planDisney, Jacob, and thanks for this great question. I'm a Florida resident, so I enjoy the perks and discounts when I visit Walt Disney World Resort, too. Let's look at how you can check in at your Disney Resort Hotel and keep that resident discount intact.

    I spoke to a knowledgeable Cast Member named Jennings, and he said your easiest option is to complete Online Check-in in your My Disney Experience account on your computer or mobile app. 

    Once online check-in is complete, you'll receive a message when your room is ready on the arrival day. Your party can skip the front desk and go straight to the hotel room. If they're linked to your account as Family and Friends, they should be able to unlock the door using the app or a MagicBand

    When you arrive, you will stop by the Front Desk to show proof of Florida residency to keep your room discount. 

    My tip is to call Disney Resort Hotel Reservations now to explain that you are the resident and will be arriving a day later. Request that they add a note to your reservation so the Front Desk will see the situation when your party arrives without you. 

    You are visiting during the most festive time of year, so I hope you enjoy the brand new Frozen Holiday Surprise show at Magic Kingdom Park. Check the mobile app for show times and gather at the castle for the snow...er...show!

    Jacob, I'm sending a sleigh full of pixie dust so your upcoming visit is full of magical memories. Please stop by planDisney anytime!

    Magic awaits,
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Meet the Panelist: Elaine, Florida

Bright Suns! I'm Elaine, a retired teacher dividing my time between my home state of Kentucky and the Sunshine State. I married my college sweetheart, and now that our only son is grown, we are exploring the empty-nest life. My family has been visiting Walt Disney World Resort for over 25 years, so if you have questions about adult-only visits, plant-based meals, thrill attractions, and Florida-resident perks, I'm here for you in full Force. Like Yoda would say, "Trips, we will plan!" Learn More About Elaine

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