Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Resort Online Check-In

Disney is apparently going to have a way for people to check into select Disney resorts and DVC, up to 10 days in advance, right from their own homes. All that is needed is for you to provide a little information and then when you arrive on property, you go in a special line, show your photo ID, you'll receive your welcome packet and be done.

It seems as if Disney is definitely moving towards becoming more "Internet friendly"...first with the rumor that ADRs are going to be able to be processed online in the next month or so (at least from recent reports, it should be open soon) and now this.

This is a very interesting concept and something that I'm looking forward to at least trying at some point. I mean, how nice will it be to simply stream line the process of check-in. It will be great not having to stand in a really long line, knowing full well, you are already checked into your resort. That everything is taken care of and getting to the fun of the parks will take even less time then it did before.

Of course, as a note, checking in early won't mean that you'll receive your room early, if you arrive early either. You still might have to wait until after 3 to find out this information, just as you always have possibly had to.

There is one drawback that I see from this...and it's a very important one. And that's the rapport that you can gain from the CM who originally checks you in. Sure, I'm sure you'll still be able to talk to this steam lined check-in CM, but I'm sure that since the process will mostly already be taken care of, CM interaction in this area will diminish greatly, should you take advantage of this new perk. And we all know that getting to interact with CM is something that I think all of us Disney veterans value.

However, this is still a process that I will be interested in seeing how well it goes. Because, we all know that time is money at places like Disney World and I think for quite a few people, this will save a lot of time.

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