Shower at Animal Kingdom resort
  • On Jul 22, 2017
    Crolina from FL Asked

    We are driving from south Florida, will be arriving around noon, what is the best way to maximize our day, do we do online check in, drop our bags, hop on bus to go to AK or should we do online check in and drive to AK or park and take bus to AK?

    Greetings, Carolina, and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I adore planning my check-in day, since it guarantees me getting to the fun faster! I’ll detail how I arrive at Walt Disney World Resort so you can make the absolute most of your time!

    Before I drive in, I use Online Resort Check-in (now available on My Disney Experience Mobile App, too) to set room preferences, link up a credit card with PIN for MagicBand charges (it’s extremely sophisticated and very safe, in my opinion), and allow for text messages when my room is ready. Then, I gas up the car and set my GPS to my home Resort. I admittedly start my travels off wearing my MagicBand and sometimes, my Minnie ears. Once I arrive at my Disney Resort, I pull up to the entrance, grab a parking pass (complimentary Resort parking during your stay) and drop off my luggage with the bellhops. Then, if I have received my check-in text message, I can either head to my room and drop off my things (it will tell me my room number, isn’t that awesome?), or if I have not, I head straight to Disney’s Animal Kingdom via Disney Transportation (monorail, bus, watercrafts).

    Then, whenever I’m ready I can head back to my resort to bedtime, or rock the night away with magical experiences like Pandora after dark, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad during the fireworks, or taking in a nighttime spectacular such as Rivers of Light and IllumiNations. When I get back to my resort, my things are waiting for quick pickup with the BellHops if I didn’t leave them in my room. I’ve been able to check in to my Resort as early as 10am, so you  never know what will be available. Have a magical vacation, and safe travels!
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Meet the Panelist: Lindsey, Georgia

Hey, y'all! I'm Lindsey, a social media-savvy gal that wears her #Disneyside on her sleeve (along with her trading pin collection!). I'm proud to say that my husband and our two Mouseketeers share my love for the Walt Disney World Resort and all it's magic, so get ready to ask me about new things to see and do on your vacation. I particularly love sharing off-the-beaten-path activities and always encourage visitors to try something new on each trip. Adventure is out there! Learn More About Lindsey

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