• On May 1, 2016
    Erin from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We have a WDW vacation package booked (hotel, tickets, dining & memory maker) and want to go straight to the park when we get there. I usually check in online before going. Do we need to check in at our hotel prior to using our magic bands in the park?

    Hi Erin,

    Even if you are using online check-in, you will still need to head to your Walt Disney World Resort prior to heading to the parks. This is so you can use your Disney Dining Plan credits. If you did not have Disney Dining, you would be free to head straight to a theme park.

    Also, if you are taking Disney's Magical Express, it only goes between Orlando International Airport and Disney World Resorts. You would have to stop at the resort prior to heading to a park.

    The online check-in will speed up the process, so go ahead and take advantage of this time saver.

    Wishing you a magical vacation!
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