Family checking in at Art of Animation
  • On Sep 10, 2016
    Bonnie from GA Asked

    Hi, we are checking in on a day wit extra magic hours in the am. Can we go to the a.m. emh's if we don't technically check in until 3pm?

    Hi, Bonnie!

    Welcome to Disney Parks Moms Panel! You ask an excellent question!

    First, when guests are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, I highly recommend utilizing the super-convenient Online Check-In up to 60 days prior to arrival. There will be a separate line at the resort for guests who have used this option, so look for the sign at the desk and head there upon arrival. Don't worry that your room won't be ready until at least 3:00 p.m., though; you can check in at any time that day to enjoy all of the magic the parks and resorts have to offer--including Extra Magic Hours.

    We often arrive at Walt Disney World well before our room is ready around 3:00 p.m., so we take those few hours to visit a park as early as possible; we make our FastPass+ and Advanced Dining Reservations based on a time we can arrive at a particular park, not the time our room will be ready. When this happens, we'll pick up our Welcome Folder at our resort, which will include a parking pass if we have a car, then head out for a day of fun. Should you have bags you'd like to store at the resort, drop them off at Bell Services, who will keep them tagged and safely secured until your return; they even have a refrigerated area to keep refrigerated items nice and chilled! Opt for a text notification when your room is ready so no phone call is needed; this is great if a noisy, magical parade or very loud dinosaur is nearby at the time notification arrives.

    Enjoy every magical moment of your stay in Walt Disney World, Bonnie!

    Be sure to send us questions as you think of them; we love to help!

    Andrea H
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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