Online Check-In Will Be Required For Future Walt Disney World Resort Room Reservations Following COVID-19 Pandemic

With newly-implemented social distancing protocols already testing at Disney Parks abroad, it appears there’s some ongoing internal testing of potential new protocols for the hotel check-in process at Walt Disney World Resort.

In a screenshot uploaded by @DisneyDragon on Twitter, a new prompt under the Online Check-In section of the My Disney Experience app states “Now Required: Complete Online Check-in, then go direct to room on arrival.” While the Direct-to-Room Online Check-in service is not new, the potential of making it a required step could encourage more guests to bypass the front desk, therefore promoting social distancing and minimizing any unnecessary interactions with Cast Members. Front Desk Cast Members would still be available to assist guests with other needs. Room entry can be simplified by use of the Bluetooth-enabled “Unlock Door” feature on the My Disney Experience app.

The dates in the screenshot span July 12 through July 17. Some guests have also mentioned seeing this update on their app for reservations as early as June, but the new “Now Required” verbiage isn’t appearing on all reservations just yet, as seen in the screenshot above. As far as international guests are concerned, it’s unclear how the increased shift towards Online Check-in will affect those arriving from abroad. MagicBands may be left in rooms moving forward for guests to have upon arrival in lieu of a visit to the front desk, but this is not confirmed.

To learn how to unlock your Walt Disney World Resort hotel room door using the My Disney Experience app, check out the video below:

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