• On Oct 20, 2013
    Jenny from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are staying at Bay Lake Tower and using Magic Express. We arrive at 9:30am and want to head directly to animal kingdom and not go to our hotel (we have magic + bracelets and have already checked into our resort). Can we do this? If so how?

    Hi, Jenny!

    This is such a great question, and I honestly did not know the answer! We are so accustomed to going to our resort first for check-in before heading out to the parks, but with all this new technology, everything is brand new for us to learn.  

    I called the wonderful Cast Members at Disney for the answer.  Because you have everything you need on your MagicBand, you can go to the parks before even checking in.  Here is the glitch though:  You are taking Magical Express.  Your only transportation option is to go to your resort first.  You could simply hop right on a bus headed to Animal Kingdom, but once you are at Bay Lake Tower, you may as well check-in and drop off any carry-on bags that you have with you.  If your room is not ready, a courtesy text will be sent when it is available.

    Make sure to have your online check-in completed and you can zip away to the magical fun of Animal Kingdom in no time at all.  Good luck!
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I am a fundraiser/event planner turned stay at home mom. When I am not running to cheerleading practice or a soccer game with my kids, I enjoy scrapbooking, reading, and of course, planning our next Disney adventure!

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