Pixie Dust Room Upgrades: more likely with on-line or at desk check-in?

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by Happyjen27, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. Happyjen27

    Happyjen27 DIS Veteran

    Apr 23, 2012
    Another thread asking about why people don't like on-line check in made me wonder about this:

    Are free, magical, pixie dust room class upgrades more likely if you check-in online or check in at the front desk in the traditional way. I'm not talking about cases in which something went wrong and upgrades were given as a way to ease your pain. I'm talking about the "for no reason at all" kind of magical upgrades.

    What kind of check-in did YOU do when you were magically upgraded? pixiedust:
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  3. DevonsDisneyMom

    DevonsDisneyMom DIS Veteran

    Aug 1, 2009
    I have received room upgrades using online check in a few times. The last two recent ones were upgrade from standard to savanna view at AKL and upgrade to a car suite from LM room.
  4. ABCastillo

    ABCastillo Mouseketeer

    Jul 10, 2013
    We got a couple of upgrades from standard view to river view at POR last January. Got two rooms that were really easy to get to too. Used On-Line Check-in.
  5. dansdad

    dansdad DIS Veteran

    Sep 21, 2011
    Whether you do online check in or not has zero affect on getting a free upgrade.
  6. Lynne M

    Lynne M Moderator Moderator

    Nov 4, 2001
    From what I've heard, no effect at all. At Disney resorts, most upgrades are assigned in advance of your arrival, and are done for the resort's operational needs, not anything to do with you personally. For example, they need a certain type or location room for some reason - overbooking, maintenance, etc - and they've got to move someone out of one of those rooms. You just happen to be booked for the date range that they need the room.
  7. mediamikes

    mediamikes Earning My Ears

    Aug 21, 2013
    Never heard of pixie dust room class upgrades thanks for the heads up!
  8. Duplexdis

    Duplexdis Dis veteran

    Jun 6, 2010
    They are not always done ahead of time. We received an upgrade to Concierge at the Poly when we checked in. We had a nice chat with the CM checking us in, and she noticed on our reservation we were celebrating an anniversary. After a few minutes of chit chat, she said she would be right back, that she was going to try to get a manager to assist her with something magical. She came back with the manager, the manager stood at the computer for a but, and said "yep, we have one available". At that time they told us they were upgrading us. It was on the spot, and clearly hadn't been pre-arranged, even though our event was on our reservation. You never know when a friendly conversation at check in can turn magical!
  9. weswife

    weswife DIS Veteran

    Feb 15, 2009

    I love reading about the upgrades!!!!! :wizard:

    We stayed at the WL in 2010. At the time we received an upgrade to bunk beds but did not notice. :goodvibes
  10. Mousemommy1

    Mousemommy1 DIS Veteran

    Dec 6, 2010
    I don't think it has any bearing whatsoever. In our many stays, we have done on line check in for as long as it has been offered.

    We had never received an upgrade until our trip this past April. We did on line check in and were upgraded from a standard view YC CL room to a lagoon view CL room!! :cool1:

    We were also chosen as Family of the Day!!!

    Obviously doing on line check in had no affect at all. :goodvibes

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