• On Feb 23, 2020
    Ann from FL 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.

    I have a weekend trip planned. We are FL residents and are staying at a resort to take advantage of Magic Hours. I plan to check-in to our room via the app. Will we still be able to enter for early Magic Hours if we haven't been to the resort yet?

    Hi Ann!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I love the idea of a weekend trip!  Coming from the UK myself, it takes me at least 13 hours travelling time, so I am a little envious of your close location to Walt Disney World Resort!   In my opinion, one of the best reasons to stay at a Disney Resort hotel is that you are considered a guest for the whole of your first and last days, regardless of what time you check in and out, and as long as you have valid park tickets you can head straight there on your arrival day. You can absolutely take advantage of Extra Magic Hours if they are offered for your arrival and departure days - have a look at the calendar for the dates of your visit to see which parks are open for Extra Magic Hours.

    If you use online check-in, you will be notified by text or email when your room is ready, and they will even tell you the room number so you can go straight there when you get to your Disney Resort hotel.  If you want to stop by your hotel on your way to the parks, you can leave your luggage with Bell Services (large suitcases, carry-on bags, anything) who will keep it in a secure, air-conditioned storage room until your room is ready.  Similarly, you can leave your luggage with Bell Services on your last day too, until you are ready to leave for home.

    I love to spend time relaxing by the pool on my last day, ahead of a long travel day ahead, and you are very welcome to use all the facilities until you actually leave Walt Disney World Resort. If you wish to use the hotel pools you will find complimentary towels poolside. Or you can take Disney transport around the Resort, including to all the theme parks and Disney Springs.  Enjoy some last-minute shopping, or relax with coffee or lunch at one of the many dining locations there, and you can make dining reservations for your last day, too.

    I love that there are so many ways to squeeze every last magical moment out of your vacation!

    Please come back and visit us if you have any further questions. We will be very happy to help plan your magical weekend to Walt Disney World Resort.

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Meet the Panelist: Susan, United Kingdom

Hi, I'm Sue from England, and am very proud to be a member of planDisney since 2012.  Walt Disney World is my happy place, and I look forward to answering your questions when you are planning your magical vacation at Walt Disney World Resort. Learn More About Susan

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