[QUOTE=dadofthree;1126445]Hi, we are an EARLY arrival family. We usually get to WDW around 5am to 7am. We do early online check in and there is a spot to tell them what time to expect you there…that helps…BUT
Do not expect a room. I would make plans to hit a breakfast first thing like Chef Mickey’s or somewhere like that…but here are the suggestions from another early arriver.
- Do the early check in online
- Schedule a breakfast somwhere and just get in relax mode
- Make sure your CM at check knows you are wiped out and need to get to bed. One way I do this nicely is by asking if they have somewhere we can change clothes, brush our teeth, wash our hands and faces, etc…bc we have been driving ALL night and need to try and freshen up and get going.
- Leave all your bags with bell hop
- On the 99.5% chance your room is not ready and wont be in the next few hours…DO SOMETHING!!! Go eat and then hit a park…sure you dont have to be in full fledge WDW mode but sitting in that lobby waiting on a room is a WASTE of time and VERY frustrating…I KNOW.
- Pool Option if you dont want to fight the parks.
This will be our 5th trip to WDW in 6 years in March and every trip we arrive b/w 5 and 7 and only ONE trip did we go straight to a room…only once did I rush back after breakfast to wait in the lobby (2nd time)…NEVER AGAIN, it was wasted time.[/QUOTE]
My experience has been the exact opposite. Must be lucky? I am on a serious luck streak then because I am 8-10 in the last two weeks with my people… All I do it put in 2 hours prior to their actual arrival…and presto their room is ready This also depends on occupancy of the resort. if you are going during a super busy time and the resort is at capacity, this will never work.