One would think that after ten trips to Walt Disney World, the excitement and anticipation of yet another trip would wane. Yes, one COULD think that, but for us, it is not the case. We are just as excited for our next trip, our 11th, as we were for our first trip. . . maybe more so! The countdown has been going since we confirmed our trip. Our trip consists of 12 days, eleven nights at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort where we will be celebrating our 11th anniversary at the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at the Disney's Polynesian Resort.
It is now time in the planning, for us to check in on-line at our resort. Using My Disney Experience, either the mobile app or the link on the Walt Disney World official web-site, checking in on-line is fast and easy.
Our reservation had our dining reservations attached and I was able to add notes and events to our reservation, even sharing them with family members electronically.
Room requests were accessible via My Disney Experience and we were able to communicate check in and check out times.
This isn’t the first time we have checked in on-line prior to our trip, but this was the first time using My Disney Experience. A difference this time was that we needed to designate a PIN for each person in our party, with an option to have one PIN for all party members. My guess is that the PIN is for using the Radio Frequency cards or bands for purchases. I will let you know if that is the case.
Prospective guests often wonder about the advantages of checking in on-line prior to arrival. Here is what we have discovered since taking advantage of on-line check in when it first became available:
- Guests need a picture ID when arriving at the resort.
- There is a special line at the resort for guests who have checked in on-line prior to their arrival. This line tends to be shorter and faster than the other line.
- This faster arrival means less time checking in and more time on my vacation. The adrenaline is pumping when I get to my happy place and I want to sprint into the rest of my vacation.
At this point, I see no downside to the on-line check in other than it takes a few minutes of your time at your convenience; Disney does the rest.
Are you counting down to a magical Disney vacation?