• On Aug 8, 2012
    Alaine from CA 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.

    We're staying at the Art of Animation and I'm kind of confused about online check in. How early do you sign up for it and how does it work? Thanks and love the panel

    Greetings Alaine!  I love answering questions from fellow Californians! :)

    The online check in process is easy peasy, and saves a lot of time on your arrival day!  You can check-in online 10 days or less, prior to your arrival date. I have done this so many times and I actually prefer this method over traditional check-in!

     If you haven't already done so, you'll need to create an account at  Once you've done this, you can click on "My Reservations" where you will be prompted to enter your resort confirmation number.

    Once you are within the 10-day window, the Online Check-In option will appear under your reservation information and here's how the process works:

    When you arrive at your Disney World Resort hotel, you will advance to the line especially reserved for "Online Check-In Guests."  You will be greeted by a friendly cast member who will have your welcome packet all ready!  This packet will contain your Key to the World Cards, which serve as your room key, park tickets, Dining Plan, and room charge.  The packet will also contain your room number and resort maps and other important information!

    Typically, the online check-in line will be shorter than the regular line, so all you'll have to do is pickup you packet, which will be all ready to go, and then store your luggage with Bell Services so you can begin enjoying the resort and parks immediately!  You can request to receive a phone call when your room is ready, or even a text, and since you'll already have everything you need, you can head straight to your room when the time comes!

    Best Wishes,

    Amanda F.  
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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, California

Greetings from California! I am here to help make your visit to the Disney Parks as pixie-dusted as possible! As a regular to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, I am ready to put my coast-to-coast Disney Parks knowledge to work for YOU! Learn More About Amanda

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