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Old 06-13-2013, 12:45 PM   #1
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Checking in online

We are heading to pop century in June. This is our first trip to Disney World. Do we need to check in online or can we just wait till we arrive? Are there any benifits of checking in online? Also any other tips on a first time trip are welcomed.
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Old 06-13-2013, 12:49 PM   #2
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If you check in online, your welcome packet will be ready for you when you arrive. Also, there is a separate line for guests that did online check in.
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:09 PM   #3
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Online Check In = Fast Pass for checking in. You're in, you're out - you're on your way to the parks!

Some folks have heard you can't or shouldn't if you have specific room requests. I have not found this to be the case. We have used online check in very successfully the past few trips and have received our room requests.
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:37 PM   #4
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I've never tried online check-in (we probably will try it before we go in August), but the one thing against it I would add - if you are a first time visitor to Disney (and it looks like you are), then it might not be good for you. Its meant to speed the check-in process along, but if you think you might be at the desk asking a lot of questions, needing an explanation about the room "keys" on your key to the world cards, and a variety of other first timer questions, then you might want to try the regular check-in line.
Thats what I've heard anyhow - maybe someone else can add to this.
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:54 PM   #5
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Be careful if you have a teen in your party and you want them to have charging privleges with their card.

I made the mistake of doing online check-in and DD15's card was automatically set up so she could NOT charge which defeated the whole point of being able to check-in quickly when we arrived. They had to reprogram a new card to allow charging privleges.
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:59 PM   #6
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They let you ask as many questions as you want at the online checkin desk as at the other. You're still special, you still get magic - your paperwork is just already done for you.
AND yes if you want someone other than the adults in your party to have charging privileges you should let them know because by default they don't give kids charging privileges!
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Old 06-13-2013, 02:23 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the quick responses. We did a Disney cruise in May so my family is up on the key cards but we have quite a few traveling with us that have never done anything disney so I think we will just wait to check in when we arrive.
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Old 06-13-2013, 05:39 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the quick responses. We did a Disney cruise in May so my family is up on the key cards but we have quite a few traveling with us that have never done anything disney so I think we will just wait to check in when we arrive.
That's a very good idea. Use online check in for no (or don't care) requests but use the regular line for asking questions about the resort or park hours or transportation or anything else. Then you can just take your time.
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