Select Walt Disney World Resort hotels are currently testing a brand new check-in process where guests are able to bypass the check-in desk and head immediately to their hotel room. Hotels participating in this test include Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside, Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Villas.
Guests who are eligible to take part in this test must have already created their My Disney Experience account, making sure their profiles are complete. They also must make sure they have completed the online check-in process, and their balances must be paid in full.
When completing online check-in, guests will need to include an estimated resort arrival and departure time, a mobile phone number or email address, and the credit card information for the card that is to be used for incidental purchases. In addition, guests will need to make sure to create a four digit PIN number (which is used when making purchases).
Guests must also have ordered and received their MagicBands in order to participate. Once the online check-in process has been completed, the guest’s MagicBands are immediately active and can be used in the parks as well as around the different Disney resorts.
On the day of the guest’s arrival, they will receive a text message or email letting them know their room assignment. The guest can then use his MagicBand to unlock the room door. Anyone who does not wish to take advantage of this new test doesn’t need to. Those opting out can proceed to the front desk, as per usual.
Guests will be chosen randomly to participate in this test, which is slated to last until June 28. While this particular test does have an end date, if it goes well, I fully expect to see Disney roll this process out to the other resorts.