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Old 07-16-2013, 03:25 PM   #16
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"who may not like the room they are assigned by the system in advance of arrival (although again, our family has never had an issue with this)."

So if you check in 60 days out you will know your room assignment at that time?
We knew you could do online check in at 60 days out, but we finally just got around to doing it Monday - we arrive in 15 days. We've always done online check-in (except for our 1st onsite stay when we were newbies and didn't know all the ins and outs.) It makes the check-in process so much smoother and quicker.

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I've had such horrible room locations when I've done on line check in that I won't do it anymore! Forget getting any requests met! Heck I've even been downgraded when using on line check in!

Disney will pre-assign you a room. However, if someone shows up before you and wants the room type you have, the CMs can still take it away from you and give it to the person in front of them. Your room is not your room until you are standing in it.

On line check in holds no value for me at all.
Not everyone's experience. We've used online check-in nearly every trip and we've always had our requests met. I know it's still possible to NOT have them met, but that's been our experience.
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:34 PM   #17
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Wouldn't you check into BLT and not CR?
The bus drops you at the Contemprary and you are told to check in there. We are not dvc members
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:45 PM   #18
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The bus drops you at the Contemprary and you are told to check in there. We are not dvc members
Oh, ok. I would still think they would want you to check in at BLT. I would call the resort and explain the issue you had last time and see what they as far as checking in.
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Old 07-16-2013, 04:30 PM   #19
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Not everyone's experience. We've used online check-in nearly every trip and we've always had our requests met. I know it's still possible to NOT have them met, but that's been our experience.
Good grief, I would hope everyone didn't share in my horrible on line check in experiences. However it just goes to show that OLCI isn't perfect, and they don't meet everyone's requests all of the time. It is a mixed bag of good and bad, just like pretty much everything else.

My bad experiences are no less valid than your good ones. The fact is you can't know ahead of time if you will get your requests met or not. It has a lot to do with luck.
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Old 07-16-2013, 04:42 PM   #20
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"who may not like the room they are assigned by the system in advance of arrival (although again, our family has never had an issue with this)."

So if you check in 60 days out you will know your room assignment at that time?
Your room assignment is not known until the room is physically ready for occupancy.

This is not like a cruise where everyone is boarding and disembarking at the same time. No one is ever arriving or departing at the same time.

In addition, rooms could be taken out of inventory for a myriad of reasons. How is it possible anyone could tell you 6 months from now that room no. 6682 is even going to be available?
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Old 07-16-2013, 04:43 PM   #21
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I will respectfully disagree with the PP who offered that there was "no benefit" to early check-in.

While I cannot state it with authority, I personally believe on-line check-in inevitably gets you "racked and stacked" in some order for any preferences you may request on check-in. For us, we just finished a stay at Saratoga Springs, and I checked in 60 days out and requested a villa as close to the Carriage House as possible, with a secondary preference of a ground-floor room. We arrived thirty minutes after my specified arrival time, and both of my requests were honored; we were on the first floor of the Springs, barely 30 seconds from the bus stop and maybe 60 from the pool and the restaurant (Artist's Palette).

I personally do not believe both of these requests, combined with early arrival, would have been honored had we not checked in early.

As far as credit card charging goes, my final payment was not due until 45 days before arrival, so no credit card charging occurred when I did online check-in.
Beyond that, I can see no negatives to checking in online, so I would encourage you to do it.
Exactly, the opposite.
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Old 07-16-2013, 04:49 PM   #22
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We had an awesome experience at POFQ in June. We were the only ones at Early Check in. I did have a building request and early check in if possible. The lovely CM said that if we wanted the building we requested we would have to wait until after 3. She was very accommodating and spoke to house keeping. They gave us an upgraded river view room in another building which was available right away. I was really happy they checked with us before hand. I would highly recommend it!
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:12 PM   #23
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I think their website might be having some problems. We are less than 60 days away and when I try to check in online it says it cannot locate my reservation when I can look it up and see my reservation's.
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Old 07-20-2013, 05:56 AM   #24
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I think their website might be having some problems. We are less than 60 days away and when I try to check in online it says it cannot locate my reservation when I can look it up and see my reservation's.
I am getting the same error and we leave in 14 days. I really wanted to get the check in done and over with.
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I am getting the same error and we leave in 14 days. I really wanted to get the check in done and over with.
Use mydisneyreservation.com instead
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:26 AM   #26
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Thank you. Now I am wondering if I should check in online since we are club level at the Poly for a big celebration and was hoping for maybe a pixie dust upgrade.
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:54 AM   #27
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We are visiting WDW along with my sister and her family. They have a separate reservation #, but we would like to have our rooms together. It's not a deal breaker, but would be nice. Do you think we'd be able to do online check-in and still have as much a chance of getting rooms next to each other?
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:58 AM   #28
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Yes, online check in wont effect upgrades or rooms being together. If it makes you feel more comfortable speaking to someone directly I'd just wait and do regular check in. It's not such a massive time saver that it would make a difference.

For connecting or adjoining rooms make sure it is noted on your reservation and you guys are linked to increase your chances.
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