You have achieved this through the long journey or the long flight. You’ll see the glorious Walt Disney World arcade as you enter the Disney property. You will soon arrive at your resort hotel, looking forward to the air. Check the condition of your room in the MyDisneyExperience app or go to the reception and you will find that your room is not ready. It can be a little frustrating to have to wait in your room, so here are some ideas on what to do when your room is not ready for check-in.
- Make a day bag and go enjoy the pool
- Stroll through the resort to familiarize yourself with the design
- Browse the gift shop
- Have a snack or light meal at your resort
- Get on board your resort just for a stroll
- Head to Disney Springs
Whether you want to drive or not, make a separate day bag, such as a small bag or a bag that is only used for the day of arrival. You could take a change of clothes, a swimsuit, any medicine you need, sunscreen, a book or other activities to entertain yourself and others. This day bag can be useful if your room is unprepared and you decide to relax by the pool. It’s good to have a bag that isn’t too wrapped up in other things so you can carry it easily and find what you need.
If the ideal climate does not reach the pool when you arrive, take a walk around your resort. All Disney hotels have a charming setting. Take the time now to familiarize yourself with your resort. Where are the transport area and the bus stop? Where can you get food and drinks? Is there more than one pool? During your stay, you will feel more comfortable with the resort and save time by creating some familiarity at first.
You may not want to start your Disney World vacation by spending money right away, but your resort’s product store is more than just a gift shop. Most Disney Resort product stores have a selection of over-the-counter medications, first aid supplies, miscellaneous items, and a limited selection of groceries. It’s good to know in advance what’s in case you have any needs.
Traveling all day can cause hunger, so consider grabbing a snack or light meal. Enjoying the food and drink options of your resort is a great way to get a literal taste of your resort and settle into it. If you are so inclined, grab an adult drink and raise a glass. You have already arrived on your vacation! If you are unsure of the best place to dine, you can see listings and ratings of all the restaurants and bars in Walt Disney World on our website.
If you’re ready to explore beyond your resort, board the resort’s transportation. If you are in a moderate or luxury resort, you may have some options such as Disney Skyliner or boat transportation. And all Disney resorts have bus transportation. Get on any bus that comes first and take a ride. It’s a great way to get acquainted with Disney transportation and the huge Walt Disney World Resort.
A very popular arrival day activity is heading to Disney Springs. Whether you want to browse the shops or have a great meal, Disney Springs is the perfect place to spend a free day and all Disney resorts have transportation directly there.
Have you ever had to wait for your Disney hotel room to be ready? What is your favorite way to spend time? Let us know in the comments.
First published on December 27, 2020. Updated on September 29, 2021.