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Online Check-In Now Available on My Disney Experience App, Allowing Guests to Start Walt Disney World Resort Vacation Right Away

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

It’s been incredible to see the guest experience transform here over the past four years since we first launched My Disney Experience in 2013. From the FastPass+ service to MagicBand 2 and Mobile Order, we’re always exploring new opportunities to make a Walt Disney World Resort vacation even more convenient and more magical.

Earlier this year, we unveiled a redesigned My Disney Experience app with new features that spoke to guests’ desire for an easier way to access all of their vacation plans. Today, we’re excited to bring yet another feature to the app: Online Check-In.

Guests staying at Disney Resort hotels will be able to use Disney’s Online Check-In service on the My Disney Experience mobile app, expediting their arrival while providing additional convenience, flexibility and customization of their experience. Guests are able to start the check-in process up to 60 days before their arrival, and those already in possession of their MagicBands may be able to bypass the need to visit the front desk, giving families the opportunity to begin their vacation as soon as they set foot in Walt Disney World. Guests complete their check-in by unlocking their room, when it is ready, using the MagicBands sent to them prior to their arrival.

Online Check-In Now Available on My Disney Experience App, Allowing Guests to Start Walt Disney World Resort Vacation Right Away Online Check-In Now Available on My Disney Experience App, Allowing Guests to Start Walt Disney World Resort Vacation Right Away

With just a few taps of the screen, you can make room requests, add credit card information and authorize charges, submit an estimated arrival time to help prompt room access, receive a notification when your room is ready and more. Please note that room requests are not guaranteed and guests must provide consent to receive notifications.

The best part? You can begin the check-in process at any point up to 60 days prior to your arrival date – even minutes beforehand as you’re transported on Disney’s Magical Express to your resort hotel.

As always, world-class guest service is part of the magic of a Walt Disney World Resort vacation, and front desk and concierge cast members are available at all of our resort hotels to assist guests at their leisure for the duration of their stay.

To take advantage of the Online Check-In service and other features, be sure to download the latest version of My Disney Experience, now available in the App Store for iOS devices and Google Play for Android devices.

Stay tuned to Disney Parks Blog for future updates on My Disney Experience as we continue to innovate new technology for the app that will take the guest experience to new heights.


  • Wow! That sounds wonderful!

  • I’m confused…how is this new? I have done it on my last two trips. (& it IS wonderful! Getting a text while on the Magical Express is so much fun! Yeah! Our room is ready! Our trip has started!!)

  • No, it’s not available on android as of 11pm tonight. Why?

  • What if you want to activate the park tickets a day prior to room vacation?

  • I was there in June and we got the alerts even before we got on the magical Express that our room was ready so got off the bus and off we went. Never used the front desk the whole vacation. Loved it

  • How do you get your parking pass?

  • We used this yesterday and tried to bypass the checkin at the counter. Yet our dining plan wasn’t activated. We found this out the hard way while trying to eat (embarrassing and quite upsetting). Then after over an hour at the counter with it being “resolved” – two hours later in Hollywood it still wasn’t and we wasted another 45 minutes at guest services. It’s a great “offer” but the bugs need to be resolved quickly before other guests experience what we did.

  • A MUST-HAVE app!
    Use it, it is user-friendly and very helpful for your entire vacation!
    I have a lot of apps, but I only use a few, and this along with the Disney Shopping App are two of my most used and enjoyed apps.

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