Mom And Son Safari
  • On Feb 26, 2010
    Brook from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi we are visiting in May and we arrive into FL at 11:30. Do you know if we can check into our hotel early, it will be an early day with a 1yo and 3yo. Or any suggestions on what to do?

    Hi Brook,

    Arriving at the dreaded nap time with no place to nap!  I wish I could guarantee that your room would be ready and waiting for you when you arrive, but there is no way to be sure.

    HOWEVER, there are a couple things you can do to help expedite the process.  The first is to check in online.  You can do this up to 10 days prior to your trip and let your resort know when you'll be arriving.  It gives housekeeping a chance to prepare for your early arrival.  Also, as soon as you arrive at your resort let them know that you are hoping to get your child down for a nap, and ask if there is anything they can do to help you out.  They may not be able to accommodate you right away, but it always helps to let people know your needs. 

    I have usually had good luck getting into my room around 1:00, but it hasn't always happened that way.  In fact on my last vacation, despite doing all of the above, I wasn't able to get in early.  A lot depends on how crowded the resort is and how many guests are requesting late check out that day.

    If you can't get into your room right away, a cast member at the front desk will get your cell phone number and text you as soon as a room is available.  That way you are free to play in the parks, shop or grab a bite to eat while waiting.

    Hope this helps.  Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Rhode Island

I am Diane from RI.  My husband and I have 3 children. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes.   Every aspect of planning a vacation is pure joy to me. Learn More About Diane

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