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Old 06-05-2014, 09:29 PM   #1621
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If we booked with a wedding discount (guests not the wedding party) will we be put in a certain block of rooms? I have no preference on where we are located. It's our first time at POR, so I'm open to any location. I'm more wondering because I know my in-laws would like to be next door, but I don't know if we would need to request that.
You can call and have them do a note that you are traveling with them. Make sure you have your ressie number and theirs. The CM should put the notes in your reservation and theirs as well. You can also call the front desk to confirm that the notes are there since there are multiple places to put requests and they don't always get put in the right location (or so I've been told.) My exDF and I were to get married in July and had POFQ as one of our options…I had a building request in for there and at POP…not that it matters anymore but everything happens for a reason! My room block coordinator had put in the request for me so maybe ask the DB or DG if they noted a building request and if not, request your own, Have a great time!
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Old 06-06-2014, 02:22 AM   #1622
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Thank you for this report. I understand this is a test/trial, but personally, the potential of this change does not thrill me. What happened to the personal touch of disney?
I do know what you mean, that first moment of arrival at the hotel and walking into the lobby is a big Disney moment (especially with some of the deluxes, like Animal Kingdom Lodge, Wilderness Lodge, Grand Floridian, etc).

However this trial system is not compulsory, I guess it's mainly for repeat guests who often ask about whether the Front Desk line will be shorter or longer if they do online checkin, or if they arrive at 10am or 11am, etc. Think of it as a "FastPass to your Room" if you like, or "Checkin+". If you don't want to use it though, that's entirely up to you.


A couple of answers to questions:

"Paid in full" happens automatically for packages at 45 days out (and I assume for room-only at 6 days?) so no need to do anything in those cases. If you want to check, or force a payment through so this system will definitely kick in, just call the Reservation Center in advance. The system will not apply to any bookings where an ID needs to be confirmed upon arrival (e.g. cast member bookings, etc).

Welcome Packs will not (for the trial at least) be sent to rooms in advance. If you need one - for example for a map, parking pass or other welcome collateral - you'll need to pop by the Front Desk at your convenience to pick one up.

MagicBands and all their paid features (park tickets, dining plan credits, etc) will go live once the reservation is centrally 'checked-in' on the system, which is also when your text will be sent advising you of your room number - so guests can go directly to a park upon arrival at WDW if they wish.

The room number will normally be confirmed and a text sent about one hour before your stated arrival time, but it could be as close as 15 minutes if a suitable room is not ready early enough. If a room is still not ready by then, a message will be sent advising of the delay but your band will still be activated for all the other features but obviously not for door-key access yet. A followup message will confirm the room number later, and you will be able to use the door-key feature after that.

There will be three other Walt Disney World resort hotels taking part in the trial at the same time.

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Old 06-06-2014, 06:35 AM   #1623
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Old 06-06-2014, 08:15 AM   #1624
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Just sent my fax for Sunday check in! Thanks sooooo much for this thread!

Now I suppose I could pack....
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Old 06-06-2014, 09:06 AM   #1625
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My room block coordinator had put in the request for me so maybe ask the DB or DG if they noted a building request and if not, request your own, Have a great time!
Thanks for the advice!
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Old 06-06-2014, 09:32 AM   #1626
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Checked in this morning at 7:15am. The room was not ready but my requests for top floor, connecting rooms, and near elevator were met the CM said and we are in P.P. Which I had a hunch we would be. Check in was very quick and the CM was great and helpful. The food court was not very busy. I always get my mug from my ddp first to make sure my pin works so I don't have to worry about resetting it in a park later in the day if it doesn't work.

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The room in PP is perfect! A 5 min walk to the food court and about the same to the main pool. There were towels at the quiet pool today which a guest said was the first time all week that towels were there Food court didn't seem busy at noon or late afternoon! The room was clean and it's beautiful. Ended up being ready at 1pm but bc I have connecting rooms with friends we didn't want a room ready to unblock the requests that were met. Their room was finished around 2:15. Parking at dtd at noon was a hot mess. Had I known I would have taken the boat or bus!
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Old 06-06-2014, 02:54 PM   #1627
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Checked in this morning at 7:15am. The room was not ready but my requests for top floor, connecting rooms, and near elevator were met the CM said and we are in P.P. Which I had a hunch we would be. Check in was very quick and the CM was great and helpful. The food court was not very busy. I always get my mug from my ddp first to make sure my pin works so I don't have to worry about resetting it in a park later in the day if it doesn't work.
HI Tinkerbell, this is good news on the requests. Did you send a FAX, we need a couple of requests for medical reasons, yet my daughters want the Mansion rooms, I booked Preferred, yet when I added 2 days to my vacation, they somehow switched me to a garden view. I just noticed this. I am not sure how to handle it, since the Preferred rooms are in Alligator anyway. Did you use a sample fax recommended here? I don't want to ask for too much, and get nothing. Thanks for any help!
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Hello and good afternoon everyone! Back from a very busy week.
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Old 06-06-2014, 04:32 PM   #1629
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Can't wait to get to POR tomorrow morning. Cabbing over from BWV...doubt our room will be ready, but at least we will be checked in, and our stuff will be there!
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Hello and good afternoon everyone! Back from a very busy week.
Welcome back. Thanks for all your assistance and advice. You definitely help all of us better access the Magic of Disney!
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Old 06-06-2014, 05:52 PM   #1631
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Nope I didn't fax. I had the agent make a note then Stopped by the resort to confirm if since I live in the area or you can call the front desk and ask.
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Old 06-06-2014, 06:07 PM   #1632
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Just a quick question. Does anyone know if the boat to DTD is accessible to my small scooter? Or will I need to take the bus from POR?
And a follow up, how late do the boats run?
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Just a quick question. Does anyone know if the boat to DTD is accessible to my small scooter? Or will I need to take the bus from POR? And a follow up, how late do the boats run?
My mum went on it on her scooter last year. I'm not sure if all boats are accessible but certainly some are. It was very easy to get on.

Don't know about the other query.
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Old 06-07-2014, 02:10 PM   #1634
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Old 06-07-2014, 08:31 PM   #1635
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Hello! We're staying at POR in late June and are planning to eat at Earl of Sandwich at Downtown Disney. How frequent is the boat service from POR to Downtown Disney? What would be the best route from Downtown Disney to the Magic Kingdom using only Disney transportation?
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