Ohanas Best Friend Breakfast
  • On Jul 3, 2023
    Tara from IN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Staying at contemp but have breakfast reserve at Ohana on day of check in, can we go right to breakfast without first checking in. How would we get our photos from breakfast? We don’t have magic bands and were told that we’d get a card when we checked in

    Hi Tara!  

    Thank you for trusting our heartfelt advice and for returning to planDisney over the years for guidance on your special Walt Disney World Resort vacations. I can understand wanting to know what to expect upon arrival so let’s talk through the logistics of this first special day together.

    You are welcome to head straight for Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort to make your dining reservation on time and not yet check into Disney’s Contemporary Resort. There will be no negative impacts to your breakfast experience at 'Ohana if you haven’t formally checked into your own resort yet. I spoke with a helpful Cast Member today who confirmed that while the Best Friends Breakfast with Lilo and Stitch remains a fun interactive experience, there are no PhotoPass photographers available for official photos of this meal. You are welcome to take your own pictures during the experience, and I suggest getting a photo of your breakfast skillet before everyone dives in – you may find a rare type of waffle hiding in the mix!

    If your plans have you heading for a theme park after breakfast, you still don’t need to check into Disney’s Contemporary Resort in person to utilize all the great features of your Memory Maker or other theme park entry methods, Tara. There are several ways to access your admission media, including a barcode on your My Disney Experience app to access your park tickets.

    Similarly, you can show a barcode for your photos if you happen to encounter a PhotoPass Photographer for a perfectly posed photo before you have a physical card from the resort. Find this by clicking the main menu (≡) in the My Disney Experience app and then selecting the Photos tile. At the top of the screen, click on Link Photos and you will see many options. The photographer can either give you a barcode to scan or you can present a personalized Quick Response (QR) code to connect your new images to your account directly from this screen.

    You may begin your online check-in to your resort at any time on My Disney Experience, where you can indicate your anticipated arrival time, room location preferences, and more. When you arrive at Disney’s Contemporary Resort you can then visit the front desk if you wish to obtain a plastic key card for ease of use throughout your vacation. Sometimes the low-tech way is the easiest, especially with many moving parts of a family vacation! That card will act as your room key, your theme park ticket, and for scanning at any PhotoPass opportunity; whether you choose the app on your smartphone or this physical card, it will all seamlessly connect back to your Disney account.

    I hope this helps you imagine what to expect and gives you peace of mind for navigating that first day prior to check-in, Tara. Please let us know how else we can bring clarity to any process (high- or low-tech) to help you make the most of this special vacation.  

    Wishing you a magical visit,
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, Virginia

Hi friends! I'm Amy, a lifelong Disney dreamer from horse-and-wine country, Virginia. My family of three is BIG on fun and treasures every adventure together. We've been making memories at the Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line since my son was a toddler; we love our family traditions balanced with "what's new" each visit. I have a passion for Disney details, a love of digital tools, and an eye for practical planning. I can't wait to help you make the MOST of your magical vacation! Learn More About Amy

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