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  • On Oct 5, 2016
    Billie from NC Asked

    Hey Jen! Can we enjoy the parks on the day we arrive prior to check in? Will our Magic bands be activated?

    Hi, Billie!
    You've touched on one of my favorite perks when it comes to visiting Walt Disney World Resort.

    Even if your room isn't ready, you can drop by your resort the day you get into town. Cast Members can set your vacation in motion even if your room isn't ready. To make this the fastest process possible, I recommend using the Online Check-In service. You can show off your MagicBands to the Cast Members when you arrive and then you can run off to the parks. If you use Disney's Magical Express from Orlando International Airport, a Cast Member can grab your bags at the airport and deliver them to your room once it's ready!

    This process is super convenient and gives you a chance to play in the parks as soon as possible. If you are flying in, make sure your carry-on bags are something you're okay bringing in the parks or you can ask the hotel to hold your extra bags until you return. 

    I love that you are already thinking about the little details before your big vacation. Keep the questions coming!

    -Jen
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Meet the Panelist: Jen, Missouri

I’m a mom, wife and goldendoodle dog owner who is not afraid to ride a fast roller coaster again and again. I love to travel - which is good since I telework with a job in Washington, DC. I’ve visited Disneyland and Walt Disney World multiple times and it’s fed into my belief that you’re never too old to have fun. I run when I can and recently earned my runDisney Coast to Coast medal! I also love photography and founded an online special needs community. Learn More About Jen

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