Best and worst time to check in?

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  1. sdlovesdisney

    sdlovesdisney Earning My Ears

    Mar 14, 2000
    We are checking in at CBR 6/3. Does anyone know when is the best time to check in? :) Also what time should we avoid? We are moving from Universal that day so can pretty much come over when we want.
  2. ribbot

    ribbot DIS Veteran

    Oct 5, 2004
    We checked in at ASMo around 3 pm and it was the WORST time as far as people in line AND trying to get the building that we wanted. Everything we wanted was booked up by that time. If it were me and I could check in at anytime, I'd check in around 11 am when everyone has to be out of their rooms. The early risers are gone and some of the rooms are available by that time. You'd get first choice.
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  4. Greg K.

    Greg K. Happy DVC Member, DIS Vet, and Catholic Deacon

    Aug 18, 1999
    Last Thanksgiving, thanks to a glitch in our rental car (which didn't work and needed to be replaced, twice -- long story) we didn't arrive at CSR until 9 pm. I was fuming. That's the bad news.

    The good news: we were the only ones in the lobby checking in! It went like a breeze.
  5. SyracuseWolvrine

    SyracuseWolvrine Hockey Fanatic

    Mar 7, 2004
    error .... posted on wrong thread by mistake
  6. Luci D.

    Luci D. Disney Dreamer

    Apr 27, 2005
    My best check-in experience was checking into Port Orleans Riverside very late at night. I think it was 9pm, or so.

    Lobby was empty, the Guest Services people were kind of bored so they were very glad for the diversion of checking someone in. Got a nice upgrade to a room with a king sized bed :Pinkbounc for some reason it seems like they asked us if we wanted Riverside or French Quarter...did they used to do that in 2002? ask you which side you wanted? Maybe they always do that.

    But it was much more fabulous than check in usually is, when there's a big line and everyone is rushed and they don't offer you a king sized bed.
  7. SorcererDonald16

    SorcererDonald16 DIS Veteran

    Mar 19, 2005
    When we stayed at CBR or any of the other mods for that matter, we usually check in between 7 & 9pm because we don't even get into the Orlando area until then (we drive from VA and split the trip into two days, stopping the 2nd travel day in Daytona for awhile). That's 4 separate trips, and I think the biggest line was 2 families in front of us. Not bad at all.
  8. safetymom

    safetymom Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2001
    I would say if you can check in during the morning to do it that way. If you check in around 2-3 expect it to be busy.
  9. TLinden16

    TLinden16 Scotty and Ray at Jelly Rolls are the best!

    Dec 20, 2002
    The only time I've had a problem with checking in is when we got to the CBR right after a busload of folks from the Disney Cruise Line arrived. We were in line for 45 minutes, and then had to wait another 30 to get someone to take us to our room!

    I usually check in late morning (usually around checkout time, actually), and I have never waited behind more than two or three families--usually it seems like I walk right up.

  10. MaryFMac

    MaryFMac Mouseketeer

    Apr 19, 2005
    We checked in at 7AM (wanted to get our passes to get to the parks for Early Magic Hour) and while the CM was slightly perturbed to see us waiting as she walked out with her till at the crack of dawn, there was no line... :)

    We told them we understood that it'd be a while for our room, but they had one ready.
  11. jpeltier

    jpeltier Mouseketeer

    Mar 5, 2005
    Thanks for the thread!! We are also moving from Universal but on June 1. Mary answered my question. I was wondering about a check-in at CSR about 7:00 am.. After check-in,we want to go straight to MGM. Will they hold our suitcases even if a room is available? Do you think that a bell boy or valet can take our bags to our rooms for us if we ask( tip included,of course)? Thank-you.
  12. Mister Disney

    Mister Disney Ludwig Von Drake of Disney Fine Dining

    Mar 16, 2005
    I've always checked in very early in the morning. Like 7am or prior.

    Typically I fly down late in the evening, the night before. Stay at a cheap Priceline hotel and check in for a full day at the parks on my first day.

    In all the times I have come to WDW, only once has my room not been ready, even at that hour.
  13. goofy4tink

    goofy4tink No tags...not needed! Transportation moderator Moderator

    May 2, 2002
    Next month we start our trip at BCV. Then we will move to POR for our last few days. The day that we move, I will try to get to POR by 9ish, get checked in and head off to the parks. I like to check-in as early as possible. I know that a lot of times I won't get into my room but that's okay.
  14. CoolDisneyCat

    CoolDisneyCat North Carolina

    Apr 7, 2003

    They will be glad to hold your luggage for you. You are given a claim check with the number of pieces written on it. I have not stayed at CSR, but at other places, I have called the valet stand when we get back to the room and they deliver the luggage. I have heard people mention their luggage already in the room, so they do it that way.

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