• On Jul 17, 2018
    Sam from ON 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 will be staying at a Disney World Resort, and we were planning on going to the parks before checking in to our hotel. How we get free parking at the parks if we haven’t checked in, or received our magic bands?

    Hi Sam, 

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel and thank you for asking us a question!

    As a fellow Canadian, I understand how frustrating it can be that MagicBands can’t be shipped internationally. Unfortunately, unless you’re using MagicBands that you received during a previous visit, it might be difficult for you to head straight to the Theme Park of your choice and enjoy complimentary standard self-parking prior to checking in to your Walt Disney World Resort hotel. 

    Here’s what I would recommend: use Online Check-In for your upcoming stay. Then, head straight to your Walt Disney World Resort hotel the moment you arrive on property. Tell the Cast Members at the entrance that you’re heading in to pick up your party’s MagicBands, which shouldn’t take very long. They should let you stay parked very close to your Resort’s entrance while you do so. Run in, pick everything up at the counter designated for “Online Check-In” Guests and you should be good to go! 

    The whole process shouldn’t take more than a few minutes, and then you can head straight to the fun. Plus, you can also drop off your bags with Bell Services, which might be nice if you have any heat-sensitive items in your luggage as it can get HOT in a parked car in Central Florida. 

    I hope my answer helps you plan your upcoming vacation. Please don’t hesitate to come back and see us if you have any other questions. 

    Have a Magical Day, 

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Meet the Panelist: Lynne, Quebec

Hi, I’m Lynne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada! I’m a working mom who enjoys snuggles with my son and my husband, who has been my sweetheart since 1997. We’ve been lucky enough to experience several milestones in Walt Disney World, including our wedding and honeymoon in 2009. As Disney Vacation Club members, we often plan trips for large, and sometimes even multi-generational, groups to come and enjoy the fun with us. Learn More About Lynne

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