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  • On May 20, 2020
    Dianna from MS Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    staying off site nite before first day at WDW resort. can we still go to AK for EMH before check-in to AOA later that day to stay 2 nites at AOA. What is best way to activate magic band so we can go straight in to AK for EMH without losing any time?

    Jambo Dianna! Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. We're so glad you're back with another great vacation planning question, and I'd be happy to assist you today.

    I like how you think - I try to take advantage of every second of my Walt Disney World adventures. I frequently step off a Disney's Magical Express® bus and directly onto a theme park bus without even stopping at my resort room first. Once I sense the magic, I can't wait to be all in!

    Dianna, as long as you arrange for your MagicBands to be shipped to your home through My Disney Experience, you can simply put them on and go directly to Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park for Extra Magic Hours the morning of your check-in. There is nothing extra you need to do to activate them; they are just as magical to use as their name implies! Although your room may not be ready until the afternoon at Disney's Art of Animation Resort, as soon as the day begins, you are considered an onsite guest and eligible for resort benefits including Extra Magic Hours. Yay! Feel free to swing by your resort and stow your luggage with Bell Services before catching the bus to Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Once your room is ready, return to Bell Services who will retrieve your items and assist you in getting them your room if you like. 

    It sounds like you have a fantastic start to your vacation planned, Dianna. Make sure to spend some time in Pandora - The World of Avatar, the most recent addition to Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. If you are unable to secure a FastPass+ reservation for Avatar Flight of Passage, Extra Magic Hours are a great time to soar on a banshee on this popular attraction. 

    If there is anything else we can do for you as your fall vacation approaches, please come see us again. We're happy to offer advice on everything from exciting seasonal offerings to FastPass+ strategies. 

    Have a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!
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Meet the Panelist: Betsy, Maryland

Greetings! I'm Betsy, a middle school teacher, wife, and mom of two. My family and I love to travel the world, but our best memories are those made when we're visiting Walt Disney World. No matter how many times we visit, there is always something new to see, ride, or eat at the Disney Parks. Learn More About Betsy

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