Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Aug 31, 2013
    Leland 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.

    I have reservations already paid in full at POP. I have been hearing about early check in from other online sources. What is this? How do I do this? Will I get an email about it requesting me to do it when my arrival date nears?


    Disney offers a service called Online Check In. The service allows you to check in online from home, BEFORE you leave on your trip. You can do it as far as 60 days in advance of your arrival day. But why would you?

    First of all it saves time. When you arrive to your resort hotel, everything is already done. You get in a separate line at check in, reserved for Online Check In guests, and just pick up your packet. They don't take your credit card (because you already did that), they just ask for your ID. I estimate it saves me on average, 15 to 30 minutes.

    Second, you can put in a preference for your room. They will ask about a few variables that you can select from (room on a low or high floor, desire to be near transportation, etc.), and will do their best to accommodate your need.

    Now some people don't like it, because they want to request specific location rooms when they get to the resort. But this does not preclude that. The first time I used it, many years ago at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, I did not like my room location. I asked if they could get me closer to the lobby. They said 'no problem', and I still got my room key and packet within a few minutes. As a matter of fact, I kept track of where I would have been in the regular line, and I was still done before two people who would have been in front of me in the normal check in line.

    I recommend it highly, but if you are not sure, you don't have to do it. Also, no, they don't alert you via e-mail when you can do it. So mark 60 days out on your calendar! Write me back if you have any other questions.

    Have a magical vacation! 
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Meet the Panelist: Doug, Indiana

I am one of the Dads on the planDisney Panel, and I love to help parents plan their vacation, with a focus on showing them how it can be fun for them too. I am also here to help Dads plan some nice surprises for the Moms in their life (they deserve it!). Learn More About Doug

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