• On Feb 22, 2016
    Cynthia from VA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We're staying at BLT in May. We'll arrive early, before our room is ready. Can we park our minivan in the BLT parking lot, go to MK and wait to unpack once we get a "room ready" text? Also what is suggested tip for bag service?

    Hi Cynthia,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!  

    Yes, you may absolutely park your personal vehicle in the parking lot of Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort when you first arrive at Walt Disney World Resort. Then you are free to go begin your unforgettable vacation!

    I would suggest that you use the online check-in service available through your My Disney Experience Account. There, you can select the time that you plan to arrive at Walt Disney World Resort. You will also have the option to prioritize having your Villa ready early, or to specify that it is more important to have your location preferences met. 

    When you arrive at Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort, swing by the check-in podium to alert the fabulous Cast Member that your vacation has begun. He or she can provide you with your check-in packet containing recreation schedules, theme park hours and any other important information.

    I would also drop off my luggage with Bell Services then, so that once you return from your adventure in Magic Kingdom Park, you won't have any need to lug your baggage from your vehicle. I call this the "Disney Bubble." Once our car is parked - either at the airport here in Texas or at our Resort Hotel in Walt Disney World Resort - I don't even think about those keys again until it's time to depart! We focus only on each other and the incredible time we are having as a family.

    For gratuity, this is really a personal decision. We normally stick to $1-3 per bag. The heavier or more oddly shaped the bag, the higher we normally tip the awesome Bell Services Cast Members. 

    May will be here before you know it!  

    Wishing you many magical memories,

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