Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!
My family vacation to Walt Disney World is fast approaching and today is the day I am eligible to check in online. Online Check In gives guests the opportunity to enter their arrival time, credit card and other information ahead of time, to speed up the check in process when they arrive at their resort. Guests who complete this process online have a dedicated check in line where they pick up their resort packet and room key and proceed directly to their room.
Sounds great, right? Actually, I have very mixed feelings about this process. While it may occasionally (bot not always) speed up the regustration process, it robs you of a chance to have a real interaction with the Cast Member checking you in. Striking up a friendly conversation and explaining about your celebrations or any special requests you may have for your room, may give you a better chance at getting the room you really want, if not an upgrade!
That said, there are times when I absolutely recommend online check in. If you are going to be arriving very late in the day, it helps to let the resort know this. Same thing if you are arriving very early in the day and want to get right to a park. Or if you are hurrying to try to make a dining reservation.
With all that in mind, I've just completed the online check in for our trip next week. I'll let you know how it turns out!
Be well and make magic wherever you go!