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  • On Sep 6, 2017
    Meridith from VA Asked

    Hi! We're driving to Orlando next month and plan to arrive when the Magic Kingdom opens (but before we can check into our hotel). Will our magic bands already be working for park and parking lot access or do we have to actually go to the hotel first?

    Hello Meredith!  Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    While my family has never driven to Walt Disney World Resort, we frequently take flights into Orlando International Airport that have us at the queues of Disney's Magical Express in the early morning. After we get transferred to our Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, we leave our bags at Bell Services and jump directly on Complimentary Resort Transportation to one of the Theme Parks or Disney Springs.

    By that time, our MagicBands are already active and ready to go, with all of our linked Theme Park Admissions, FastPass+ Selections, Advanced Dining Reservations, and more.

    Since you will have already received your MagicBands in the mail, you can ensure that your MagicBands will be ready to go that first morning by completing the Online Check-In for your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel up to 60 days in advance of your vacation. By completing the Online Check-In, your MagicBands will be activated for your first day early morning visit to Magic Kingdom.

    As far as the Complimentary Parking benefit for Guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, your MagicBand should be able to provide the necessary information to the Cast Member at the Parking Gates. If not, by simply providing your Reservation Number, you should be on your way to parking your vehicle and the Endless Magic that awaits you.

    Have a Magical First Day!

    ~Todd
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Meet the Panelist: Todd, Ontario

Hello, I’m Todd – fun dad to two super kids, a beautiful princess and adventurous pirate, and husband to a loving wife. By day, I work as a storyteller and high school teacher, where I help others find their own stories through the magic of the Walt Disney World Resort!

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