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Old 08-20-2013, 11:33 AM   #2776
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How exciting! Did the Magic Band box arrive in plain brown package, or was your address slapped on the side? My MBs haven't shipped yet, but I am curious as our kiddos still don't know about our trip next month and that fancy-pants box right there might be a dead give-away!
Brown box, totally non-descript. The incredibles box is inside.
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:42 AM   #2777
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Got our MagicBands today
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Old 08-20-2013, 12:03 PM   #2778
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Yay! We were able to switch last night from POFQ back to POR and keep our free dining. We were already able to customize the magic bands and they say it is ready for shipping.

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Old 08-20-2013, 12:34 PM   #2779
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Brown box, totally non-descript. The incredibles box is inside.
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Old 08-20-2013, 12:34 PM   #2780
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Our bands were delivered this morning UPS.
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Old 08-20-2013, 12:38 PM   #2781
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Yes! I just did our online checkin today, and it asked for the times we would be arriving and departing.
If you are checking in early (between 6:00 and 7:00 AM), but don't need the room to be available until later in the afternoon, is that something you can specify on online check in, or do you need to say 6:00 check in, and clarify the situation with a fax?
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Old 08-20-2013, 12:40 PM   #2782
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If you are checking in early (between 6:00 and 7:00 AM), but don't need the room to be available until later in the afternoon, is that something you can specify on online check in, or do you need to say 6:00 check in, and clarify the situation with a fax?
I'd just tell them I'm checking in at 4PM. It won't matter if you're there early, but it's more important to have them think you can wait for your requested room.
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Old 08-20-2013, 12:50 PM   #2783
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I have a question about online check in. You can check in 60 days prior online, but I will still have a small balance that I will not pay off until the 45 day mark. If I have a balance can I still do online check in???
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:30 PM   #2784
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Got our bands today!!! Staying 14-23rd

I can not get over the fantastic packaging. It is really really well done!! Makes you feel like you spent thousands of dollars on a magical vacation... Wait
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:39 PM   #2785
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Our bands came today too!!! We just customized them Saturday. Gosh that was quick. Got home to find a brown box in a plastic bag laying in the mulch next to the mailbox. Had no idea what it was.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:43 PM   #2786
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If you are checking in early (between 6:00 and 7:00 AM), but don't need the room to be available until later in the afternoon, is that something you can specify on online check in, or do you need to say 6:00 check in, and clarify the situation with a fax?
You know, I didn't even think about it like that. I assumed that they wanted to know the time of check-in for CM allocation purposes. As in, if 45 people want to check-in between 7-8am, they might want more than 1 person at the desk. Since they state that check-in time is 3pm, I would have no expectation that a room would be ready before that time.

We're planning to check-in at 7:30am and then head to DHS for rope drop. I'd been thinking I could just verbally let them know we are in absolutely no rush for a room.

Maybe someone with more experience with the resort can chime in if they think we should fax to clarify.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:45 PM   #2787
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Hello all. We just checked in this morning to POR for our first stay in this resort. We did online checkin an when we arrived this morning at 6:45 our room was ready but we went straight to MK. We had a great morning with no waits more than 15 minutes and are on our way to our Alligator Bayou room now to settle in and pick up our mugs etc. we are in building 36 and can't wait to get inside!
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:56 PM   #2788
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I can not get over the fantastic packaging. It is really really well done!! Makes you feel like you spent thousands of dollars on a magical vacation... Wait
It also explains some of the more random than usual pricing for next year! Believe me, this is NOT really free, Disney expects to get their investment back somehow.

The eventual capital investment in the whole nebulous 'Next Gen' project would easily have built a fifth theme park.

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Old 08-20-2013, 02:05 PM   #2789
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You know, I didn't even think about it like that. I assumed that they wanted to know the time of check-in for CM allocation purposes. As in, if 45 people want to check-in between 7-8am, they might want more than 1 person at the desk. Since they state that check-in time is 3pm, I would have no expectation that a room would be ready before that time.
A couple of hours before a guest's stated arrival time, a backstage CM will find and allocate a room which should hopefully be ready for you (if possible) and prepare your welcome pack ready for collection. Then when you arrive, everything is waiting for you to pick up and ideally you'll be able to go straight to your room (that doesn't always work out for early arrivals of course, but that's the aim). However, you might not get requests fulfilled that way as they only have a limited number of rooms in their Ready inventory at any given time.

However there is an option in the Online Checkin system to select to prefer to wait for more of your requests to be available, but at the expense of probably not having your room ready as soon as you arrive (as it may be a room which isn't checking out until later). I'd suggest selecting that option in your case.


I was quite surprised at the daily turnover levels they get, by the way. At Riverside alone for example, less than 300 checkins would be considered a fairly slow day, 300-500 would be about average, and 500+ is busy. Prior to finding that out, I'd have guessed at maybe about 200 a day...

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Hello all. We just checked in this morning to POR for our first stay in this resort. We did online checkin an when we arrived this morning at 6:45 our room was ready but we went straight to MK. We had a great morning with no waits more than 15 minutes and are on our way to our Alligator Bayou room now to settle in and pick up our mugs etc. we are in building 36 and can't wait to get inside!
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