Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Aug 25, 2015
    Richard from NC 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.

    Hello! I am wondering if morning Extra Magic Hours are available on the day of check-in? We are scheduled to check-in to Port Orleans on Saturday, but are hoping we can drive all the way on Friday and would have to stay offsite Friday night (boo!).

    Hey Richard! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Even though you’re a tad bit sad about having to stay offsite for one night it’s all ok because YOU’RE GOING TO WALT DISNEY WORLD! When you finally get to your offsite hotel, lay your head down on that pillow, close your eyes…and start dreaming of Dole Whips, Churros, Mickey Ice Cream Bars, Orange and Citron Slush from Les Vins de Chefs De France, and skipping down the middle of Main Street, U.S.A. The next morning you will find yourself too excited to sleep. I recommend waking the family up by jumping up and down on their bed yelling at the top of your lungs…”WE’RE GOING TO DISNEY TODAY, WE’RE GOING TO DISNEY TODAY!” If you have teenagers or people that like to sleep late, make sure to take pictures and video while doing this. These pictures will sure be awesome additions to the scrapbook that you will make thanks to all of the AMAZING memories you will be making during your family vacation! The videos will be enjoyed for years to come and will be a great reminder to your kids how excited dad was to spend time with his family at the Walt Disney World Resort!

    Now to make sure that all of that excitement was worth it you will have to complete the Online Check-In.  After speaking to multiple cast members, it is my understanding that if you complete Online Check-In, you will be able to go right to the park of your choice and enjoy Extra Magic Hours with your Magic Bands! Please note however that sometimes things change without notice. I always do recommend double checking by contacting the Walt Disney World Resort as your trip gets closer to make sure that by completing Online Check-In you can just go straight to your favorite park without going to your resort hotel.

    I hope that you have an amazing family vacation!

    ~Heather~
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Meet the Panelist: Heather, New York

Hi there! I'm Heather from Buffalo NY, a planDisney Alumni and proud mom of three. By day, I'm an oncology nurse, but my heart belongs to Walt Disney World. Having navigated the parks with babies, toddlers, tweens, teens, and multigenerational groups, I live to turn dreams into magical vacations. When I'm not exploring the wonders of Walt Disney World, you'll find me sailing the high seas on Disney Cruise Line. Adventure awaits - let's make your Disney dreams come true!  Learn More About Heather

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