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Friday, May 17, 2013

Counting Down To Next Trip to Walt Disney World

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?


  1. Hi Jody,

    Thanks to DVC, we are already counting down as well...only 320 days to go :)

    1. Mike,
      Congratulations on your upcoming trip! Any countdown. . . no matter how long. . . is great in my opinion. We are all much happier with a Disney trip in our future!

  2. I get the excitement! I have been to Disney many times starting at age 5. I am now 39 with a 6 year old daughter and we leave 2 weeks from tomorrow for her 4th trip, my husband's 5th trip and my 10th trip. We took our daughter for the first time in Oct 2010 for her 4th birthday!! That trip was amazing and they just keep getting better. Our next trip was in Sept 2011, then Sept 2012 and now June 2013 to celebrate our 10 year wedding Anniversary!

    I love how as my daughter gets older she really becomes part of the planning. She has put in requests for certain rides (Splash Mountain is her favorite), certain show (she loves 3D shows) and even certain restaurants (Sci-Fi diner at HS is one she wants to try this year). She is even putting in a request for what resort she wants to stay at next year. We always stay at Pop Century and she asked if we could stay at AOA next year. :)

    We have done Bibbiddi Bobbiddi Boutique every year and she loves that!!! This year she is going to be Ariel and we are going to Akershus for the first time.

    I recently stumbled across your blog and I am so glad I did! I love your excitement and enthusiasm about Disney. I've spent hours reading through your blog and getting lots of valuable tips and insight. Thank you for that!!!!

    1. Holly,
      Your comment made my day! Thank you so much for your enthusiasm for Disney. Congratulations on your upcoming trip! And, tell your daughter to enjoy being Ariel. . . she is our favorite princess!