Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Sep 9, 2015
    Trudi from UK Asked

    Hi, can we upgrade room type before arrival? When do I need to check in online for my hotel staying at Port Orleans Resort family of five. I have la Hacienda restaurant booked in Epcot 7:15pm will we be able to stay to watch fireworks or need to book FP.

    Hi Trudi! Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    You must be getting very excited since your holiday is just over a month away! Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside are among my top favorite resorts. To me they seem so quaint and relaxing. Upgrading your room will depend on resort availability. I suggest that you contact the Walt Disney World Resort Reservation line to check for availability and pricing.

    For arrival to your hotel you can either complete Online Check – In, or you can check in when you arrive. If you are completing Online Check – In, you can begin that process starting 60 days before your arrival (so you could even check in today if you wanted to!) If you are taking Disney’s Magical Express, when the motorcoach drops you off at your resort hotel, proceed to the front desk to begin your check in. Disney really tries to make this process as quick, easy, and seamless as possible!

    On the evenings that IllumInations: Reflections of Earth is offered, you do not necessarily need to use a FastPass+ to view the show. As a matter of fact in my opinion I wouldn’t use one of my FastPass+ entitlements to view this. There are plenty of really great viewing spots all around World Showcase. Since you are dining at La Hacienda de San Angel restaurant, if you are still dining at the time that the show begins, you will be able to stay to view the show!

    I hope that I have helped to answer your questions. Please feel free to stop back at any time with additional park planning questions! I hope you have a wonderful time!

    ~Heather~

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Meet the Panelist: Heather, New York

I am a mom, wife, oncology nurse, daydreamer, and wannabe Disney Princess! If I am not on a Walt Disney World vacation, I am planning my next one. I have experience navigating the parks with babies, toddlers, tweens, teens, and large multigenerational groups. I love helping others plan their Walt Disney World vacations and I am here to help make all of your dreams come true! Learn More About Heather

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