Early Check-In ?

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  1. ericaseiler

    ericaseiler Mouseketeer

    Jun 13, 2005
    We are renting points at BLT at the end of January.
    I have set-up a room request through Touring Plans that will be faxed in 5 days before arrival. I have done this before, sometimes requests are honored, sometimes they aren't- I know there is no guarantee. I am normally not a fan of early check-in but for our Jan trip, I was thinking of doing it as we have a fireworks cruise booked and I would love to be able to get into our room before 4pm so that DD can get a little nap in before the late night ahead.
    In your experiences, have you found your room to be ready earlier if you did the online early check in?
    Do you find/think that early check-in prevents the chance of a request being honored?

    Thank you!!
  2. pens4821

    pens4821 DIS Veteran

    Jan 3, 2013
    We were there in February and when making the reservation we requested connecting rooms. During online check in we put our arrival time at 11 AM (around there, dont remember exact time), and requested close to transportation at All Star Sports. When we got to the resort, one rooms was ready, and we were close to the main building (room was right behind the preferred). We did have to wait a little bit (a couple hours) for the second connecting room to open, but we got everything we wanted.
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  4. hakepb

    hakepb DIS Veteran

    Apr 19, 2008
    DVC rooms often have later check-in times because they have larger units (longer to clean) and higher occupancy %. Plus since there is not daily mousekeeping they are not staffed to clean every villa every day, (some days have higher workloads than others)

    It's possible that a DVC room is available earlier, but it depends on when people leave your assigned room and cleaning schedules.
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  5. Anthony1971

    Anthony1971 DIS Veteran

    Mar 11, 2005
    If you are renting DVC points your requests need to go through member services. You need to contact who you rented the points through and ask them to add this request.. while not useful to you DVC does have online check in and one of the requests which will be the only request if chosen will be early check in. I can not answer if or if not a fax will be totally ignored by DVC but as I understand it and have always done as a DVC owner...all requests need to be made by emailing member services, added to your reservation via the online system or calling member services and lastly by online check in... none of these can be done by you.
  6. addiln

    addiln DIS Veteran

    Jul 22, 2010
    I have had luck doing the online check in and have my room ready when we would arrive there around 11-noon. Most of the time it has not been an issue. The only time it did not happen was our last trip when we stayed at BLT in a one bedroom. Our room was not ready til after 4:30. We are staying there again in October so hopefully it was just a one off for us that trip.
  7. Hopefully

    Hopefully DIS Veteran

    Nov 3, 1999
    We own at BCV
    Our Villa is seldom ready early. They tend to run at about 98% capacity and with an 11 AM checkout, it takes time to clean and prepare the Villas.
    If it is important to you make it your only request and do online check in and check the box for early arrival.
  8. Dug720

    Dug720 DIS Veteran

    Feb 16, 2012
    But be aware that even that does not guarantee it.
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  9. Deb & Bill

    Deb & Bill DVC-Trivia Contest, Apr-2006: Honorable Mention

    Mar 20, 2000
    In the past DVC has instructed members that they do not accept faxes. Your check in time for DVC resorts is after 4PM. That could mean 4:01PM or 5:30PM or 6:00PM. It just depends on how many villas need to be cleaned for incoming guests. I would not count on getting your villa early and, instead, finding a spot where your daughter can sleep, like on the second floor of the Contemporary outside the meeting rooms.
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  10. WDWNY

    WDWNY DIS Veteran

    Mar 3, 2016
    I know DVC rooms usually aren't ready early, but we stayed at BWV's for Thanksgiving and our room was ready at 11Am.
  11. kmb584

    kmb584 DIS Veteran

    May 12, 2010
    We stay in a 2-bedroom villa at BLT every 6 months and the earliest our unit has ever been ready has been 3:30. I also do online check-in and let them know that we'll be arriving early as our flight always lands at MCO at 8:55 am.
  12. bumbershoot

    bumbershoot DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2007
    Doing online checkin, you request early OR you request specifics. (Or neither)

    Since it all goes through the same room assigners I'm sure it's the same deal.

    Those two things make no sense together unless TP is the one that is renting the reservation to you.

    No doubt because the room was empty from the night before. Can't anticipate that!

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