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  • On Apr 10, 2017
    Margaret from IA Asked

    My family and I have reservations for a 6 night 7 day trip at Disney Resort. We will arrive on the first of our 7 days. Will we be able to park our vehicle at the resort in the morning, visit a park, and return to check in at the resort later in the day?

    Hello Margaret! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Your Endlessly Magical Walt Disney World Resort Vacation will be here in no time! Soon you'll be enjoying all that your 6-night, 7-day experience has to offer, which includes a magical first day.

    When my family visits Walt Disney World Resort, we usually arrive on Check-In day before our room is ready. By this time, I have already used My Disney Experience Account to Check-In Online up to 60 days in advance, so most of the Check-In process has already taken care of.  When we arrive, I go to the Online Check-In Queue and inform Guest Services at our resort that we have arrived.  If our room is not ready, I leave a number I can be contacted at, check our bags at Bell Services and then leave to enjoy our first day of our Walt Disney World resort vacation.

    When I drive to Walt Disney World resort, I leave my car in the parking lot at my (soon-to-be) Walt Disney World Resort hotel.  As long as you are checking-in that day, you may park at your Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

    I recommend going to Guest Services and Checking-In officially before leaving for a Theme Park on the day you arrive and inform them of your plans.  That way, when you return from a day of Endless Magic, your room should be waiting for you to rest your happy head.

    As a benefit to staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, parking at the 4 Walt Disney World Theme Parks, Water Parks and Disney Springs is all complimentary.  While Disney's Complimentary Resort Transportation is wonderful, sometimes driving your own vehicle and parking for free is preferable.  

    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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