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Old 06-12-2014, 09:06 PM   #1
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Question "streamlined check-in" - skip the lobby question

So our package starts on Monday. Today, I got this email:

Dear Lisa,

You've completed your Disney Resort hotel online check-in service.

And now, for a limited time, you may be able to skip the online check-in area at the front desk when you arrive.

Since your all-in-one MagicBand has been shipped to your home and is also your Disney Resort room key, you may head straight to your room or even the Parks (if you linked Theme Park admission to your MagicBands). It's a quick and easy way to start the magic the moment you arrive!

Simply complete your online check-in with:
• Your estimated Resort arrival and departure times
• A credit card you want to use for incidentals and other charges
• Your mobile phone number and/or email address

Don't forget to opt in for message alerts so we can text or email you on the day of your arrival with your room number. Our Bell Services team will be ready to assist you with your luggage upon arrival.

My Check-in

We'll contact you when your room is ready and you can go directly to your room. If your room is not ready when you arrive, simply enjoy the Parks or the Resort and we will let you know as soon as your room is available.


So I logged in to MDE, checked everything they asked for, (phone, CC, times) and saved it. (I had already done it last week)


Has anyone tried this before? It would actually work better for us, since we are staying at La Quinta the night before and want to hit rope drop at EPCOT. We could park the van at AKL and just get straight on a bus.

I'm just afraid we would get to EPCOT and they won't let us in.
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Old 06-12-2014, 10:23 PM   #2
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This procedure is SO new that you are the first poster that I have seen who has posted about receiving this invitation. Since this is a very limited test (for now), we will all be anxious to hear how this went for you. PLEASE come back and tell us all about it after your trip!
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Old 06-12-2014, 10:27 PM   #3
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Wow hope I get this for our checkin on Sunday! Only thing was I need a parking pass but I hear they will reimburse you?
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Old 06-12-2014, 10:36 PM   #4
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Wow hope I get this for our checkin on Sunday! Only thing was I need a parking pass but I hear they will reimburse you?
This is a very small test (for the present) that currently only involves guests who meet specific criteria staying at POR and POFQ (and maybe one or two other resorts, not sure about which ones).
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Old 06-12-2014, 11:18 PM   #5
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I understand, reading posts lately, that the Security Guard gives you the parking pass now. It's been awhile since our last visit, but we'll see if this is true come our trip in September (visiting 3 resorts).

One thing the non-lobby check-in info does not mention is dining plan credits. I haven't read a word about them in all the postings about the POR test. Am eager to hear about this, or if the test is limited to room-only visitors.
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Old 06-13-2014, 06:13 AM   #6
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One thing the non-lobby check-in info does not mention is dining plan credits. I haven't read a word about them in all the postings about the POR test. Am eager to hear about this, or if the test is limited to room-only visitors.
OP here. We have the dining plan and are staying at AKL.
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OP here. We have the dining plan and are staying at AKL.
Good to know. The email you posted from Disney doesn't mention your dining credits. It says to go to the parks, or hang around the hotel as you see fit, but the obvious question (to me) is, would your dining credits work at the parks? Why isn't that info in the email...
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Old 06-13-2014, 06:57 AM   #8
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I got the email too yesterday - arriving at the AKL next Wed June 18-25th….I think I'm going to try it out!
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Looks like the test is expanding to AKL.
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Old 06-13-2014, 07:28 AM   #10
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We got the email for AKL also. We check in tomorrow and have the DP will update when I get the chance. We plan on going right to Epcot off DME.
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Old 06-13-2014, 07:28 AM   #11
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What a great idea. Good Luck OP. Come back and tell us how it went.
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Coming aboard - very interested in how this goes!
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Old 06-13-2014, 09:57 AM   #13
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There was a post a few days ago where someone questioned if skipping the lobby check-in would be coming down the road with the current technology and so many people were against it. I have to say, I'm excited to see this thread! As a frequent visitor who already utilizes online check-in, the idea of not having to stand in line to check-in is exciting!

I really hope this option becomes available to all guests before we arrive in November. I can't wait to hear how it works for the testers!
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Old 06-13-2014, 10:15 AM   #14
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I had a thread up a few days back on this. Most people seemed to like this idea, but some thought it took away some of the human aspect of a visit to Disney... that "personal welcome" that a real CM gives you when you walk in.

I think I like this overall, but can understand some people's hesitancy. I imagine if you are a front desk working CM, you don't like this very much.
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Old 06-13-2014, 10:21 AM   #15
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Got it too!!!

I got this email today. We are staying at POP beginning next Thursday. We are driving down so it depends on what time we get there if we will try this.
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