Mickey and Minnie Statues in Front of Fireworks
  • On Aug 7, 2022
    Megan from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We have tickets and a reservation to go to EPCOT before we check in to our WDW Resort Hotel. On this day of our arrival, will I be able to make Genie+ and ILL reservations at 7:00 AM (as a resort guest) or will I have to wait until park opening time?

    Hiya! Welcome to planDisney, Megan!

    How exciting that your Walt Disney World vacation is now less than a month away! How excited are you?!! Have you heard about some of the new and exciting things you'll get to enjoy on your upcoming visit? Walt Disney World is famous for its fabulous entertainment. They have truly outdone themselves with the incredible new nighttime spectaculars, Disney Enchantment at Magic Kingdom Park and Harmonious at EPCOT. I promise these shows will absolutely blow you away. I mean, fireworks to the tune of classic Disney music, what a fabulous combination! Plus, if you decide to purchase the fabulous new MagicBand+, you’ll get a whole new experience thanks to the haptic vibrations and colors that match up with the show. How cool is that? Make sure to keep an eye on your My Disney Experience app for each evening's times so you don't miss out on these incredible shows!

    Now, let’s get to your question! I am so happy to share that you can absolutely make your Disney Genie+ selections at 7 a.m. on the day of your arrival, even if you haven’t checked into your Disney Resorts Collection hotel yet! I have done this many times, as I like to hit the ground running and head right to the parks as soon as I arrive. No time to waste, I always say!

    Speaking of which, did you know that you can skip the check-in desk altogether with the fantastic Direct-To-Room service? This completely complimentary service makes check-in a breeze, allowing you to check in right from your My Disney Experience app! All you'll need to do is log into your account, open up the menu by clicking the horizontal lines on the bottom right corner, and select "Resort Hotel." From there, follow the prompts to complete your online check-in, and when your room is ready, you will get a notification on your phone with your room number and can head straight up whenever you’d like! While you’re waiting for your room, you can drop your bags with Bell Services, and they will store them for you so you can head right out to the parks. Then, you can just swing by and pick up your stuff when you’re ready to head up to check out your new home!

    I can't wait for your adventure to begin! I just know you will make memories that will last a lifetime! Please do visit us again with any other Walt Disney World vacation planning questions that may pop up! We are always here to help you make the absolute most of your vacation experience.

    Bye for now!
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Meet the Panelist: Diana, New York

Hiya! I'm Diana from New York, and I'm so excited to help you plan your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Whether you're planning your first trip or just visiting "For the First Time in Forever," with all that Walt Disney World has to offer, it's easy to feel like you're headed "Into the Unknown." Just remember, "You've Got a Friend in Me!" So, let me be a "Part of Your World" to lend a helping hand as you plan your most magical Walt Disney World vacation! Learn More About Diana

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