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Old 02-21-2011, 04:34 PM   #1
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How does online check in work?

My fiance and I are going to the World August 19-28 for our Disneymoon. We'll be spending Aug 16-19 at Universal Studios. Last time I was at WDW, there was no online check in, so I'm not sure how this works. Can someone explain exactly how it works, both at home and once you get to the resort (CSR for us)? Thanks!

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Old 02-21-2011, 09:21 PM   #2
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You can check in on line 10 days before arrival. You'd go into My Disney Vacation, I think you'll find the on Line check in box there.
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:09 AM   #3
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The process is very easy. You go to My Disney Vacation and go into the online check in. Retrieve your reservation, and confirm the cc you have on file, and your arrival time and departure time. They will send you and email to confirm you have completed online check in. Take the email with you and when you get to the resort, there is a portion of the front desk labeled Online Check In. They will want to see your ID and the cc you used, then they hand you the packet and off you go. You do have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have - they don't really hurry you along. But it's much faster than standing at the front desk doing check in there.

However, if you have any specific room requests, you may want to wait and check in in person. Since they started having the computer assist in assigning the rooms, my requests have been met less and less on the first go around. They are able to change your room if you have checked in online, but they appear to be more reluctant to do so (they keep talking up the room I've already been assigned, and to be honest, I've ended up keeping the assigned room except for once, when a ground floor room was really necessary - and they changed that one for me).
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