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Old 04-15-2013, 01:54 PM   #16
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We did online check in for our trip last month. We showed up early..around 10 and our room was ready. Doing the online check in definitely sped up the process!
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Old 04-15-2013, 03:30 PM   #17
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We're pretty new at this, just curious, why would you NEVER do online check in? We're going in August and I need all the good info I can get
We do not see the need.

All of our requests are made at time of reservation.

At this point, it is an unnecessary, extra step.

It adds to the magic, IMHO, to speak directly with a pleasant CM at the front desk.

We've never had an unpleasant experience at check in so why change it now?
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Old 04-15-2013, 03:39 PM   #18
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We arrive at POR in 9 days and did online checkin yesterday. Had only heard good things about this option so am surprised someone would say they would NEVER do this. It saves time, what's the issue?
Check-in has always been a breeze for us.

We travel during the summer months and our wait to check in has always been less than 5 minutes.

Our room has ALWAYS been ready upon our arrival which ranged between 10am and 1pm with all our requests granted.

Perhaps we have just been lucky with the at the WL

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Old 04-15-2013, 03:51 PM   #19
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We're pretty new at this, just curious, why would you NEVER do online check in? We're going in August and I need all the good info I can get
Some people think it lessens their chance at getting an upgrade, not true.

Some people feel the experience is less magical by doing online check in, not true. I've always gotten the same awesome disney customer service whether we've done online check in or not. The CMs are just as chatty and helpful at the online check in desk as the normal check in desk.

Some people think they can't ask to change their room assignment if they don't like their current assignment. Again not true.

Right now there is no real advantage to doing online check in or checking in normally. We like to do it because all of the planning has been done by the time we do online check in and it gives me something to do for our trip. I know it sounds stupid, but it makes me feel like we're one step closer.

There will be one advantage to online check in once they roll out FastPass+. Once that happens you will be able to make your FP+ reservations at 60 days out but only AFTER you have done online check in.
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Old 04-15-2013, 03:58 PM   #20
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We do not see the need.

All of our requests are made at time of reservation.

At this point, it is an unnecessary, extra step.

It adds to the magic, IMHO, to speak directly with a pleasant CM at the front desk.

We've never had an unpleasant experience at check in so why change it now?
That's a unique perspective. I was thinking it seemed silly not to take advantage of it, since it's available, but I love your reasoning. We do travel with our kids quite a bit, and you're right, they do like to meet the check-in person in the lobby. We're flying in early, renting a car, and staying for 9 days, so we don't want to rush at all, and it seems we do all get very wrapped up in a "faster/better" mentality. Thanks for the outlook
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:04 PM   #21
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Some people think it lessens their chance at getting an upgrade, not true.

Some people feel the experience is less magical by doing online check in, not true. I've always gotten the same awesome disney customer service whether we've done online check in or not. The CMs are just as chatty and helpful at the online check in desk as the normal check in desk.

Some people think they can't ask to change their room assignment if they don't like their current assignment. Again not true.

Right now there is no real advantage to doing online check in or checking in normally. We like to do it because all of the planning has been done by the time we do online check in and it gives me something to do for our trip. I know it sounds stupid, but it makes me feel like we're one step closer.

There will be one advantage to online check in once they roll out FastPass+. Once that happens you will be able to make your FP+ reservations at 60 days out but only AFTER you have done online check in.
Lol, thanks! I know what you mean about feeling one step closer! We'll be there on my birthday (33) and our youngest DD's (5) birthday in August. The wait is almost unbearable!!! My baby is going to be eating dinner in the castle as she turns five,,,,time is ticking just as slowly as while we were anxiously awaiting her birth!!! But hey, now I have at least one more thing to make a decision about....to do online check in,,or not
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:59 PM   #22
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That's a unique perspective. I was thinking it seemed silly not to take advantage of it, since it's available, but I love your reasoning. We do travel with our kids quite a bit, and you're right, they do like to meet the check-in person in the lobby. We're flying in early, renting a car, and staying for 9 days, so we don't want to rush at all, and it seems we do all get very wrapped up in a "faster/better" mentality. Thanks for the outlook
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:47 PM   #23
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Also just noticed that you're profile says you're from Chicago, we're about 60 miles south of Chicago in Kankakee. Small world
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:49 PM   #24
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We do not see the need.

All of our requests are made at time of reservation.

At this point, it is an unnecessary, extra step.

It adds to the magic, IMHO, to speak directly with a pleasant CM at the front desk.

We've never had an unpleasant experience at check in so why change it now?
You still speak with a CM when you do online check in


As for the OP. We usually get to our resort between 10am and noon. Our room has always been ready when we checked in.
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:06 PM   #25
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I totally agree that it makes you feel that much closer by doing it online!
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:08 PM   #26
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It's good to know that it might be ready early! Thanks for the info!
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:48 PM   #27
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Also just noticed that you're profile says you're from Chicago, we're about 60 miles south of Chicago in Kankakee. Small world
Both DH and I have family and friends in Kankakee.

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