I was looking at the online check-in feature and it asks for an expected arrival time.
My plan is to arrive at the Poly at about 10.30am to drop off my bags and have breakfast. The schedule doesn’t really allow time for going to the room (which is unlikely to available at that time anyway). The plan is to return to the Poly at about 5.30pm after some time in MK.
At first I thought I’d put 10.30am — you never know, the room might be ready and it would be fun to have a quick look. But then I thought, if I put an early time they might prioritise room availability over my specific room request.
Given that rooms are generally assigned 3-5 days ahead of time, I think the only time that an early arrival time might come into play is if you check the “Early Arrival is most important” (or whatever the phrasing is) on the online check-in form.
In February, I put my arrival as 8:30am (when my original flight was scheduled) but left that early arrival box unchecked. I got there about 8:00 (I was in Orlando the night before due to a predicted storm in the NYC area so I hopped over to MCO and got on DME once I was awake and ready to go) and my room was already ready in spite of not checking that box. And it was all of 2 doors down from my requested number - but it met all my requests (3rd floor, Sports).
So as long as you don’t check that box, I think it’s fine to put in your expected arrival time as-is.
The last three times I did online check in I was told, “we like to personally talk to all guests as they arrive “. One stay CL, I have to check in at the lobby and at the CL desk. My last check in DVC, resort guests all in the same line. Do the online check in just in case they get their act together .
I have not had to go to the front desk at any other resort. I have not been to the Poly this year but my other stays they have said they want all guests to go to the desk to make sure everything is ok. Poly is the only resort I have had this happen.
Obviously checked in in April. Arrived at resort at 11:09 per time stamps. Explored a bit, had lunch. While lunching, received room ready text at 12:04. Finished lunch and went directly to room.
Had done the bare minimum for online check in so as to prevent conflict with TP room fax. Never even so much looked at desk, didn’t consider approaching, had zero discussions with hotel CM concerning room assignment or check-in. Luggage was in room before us, GG was ready and brought to us a few minutes after we arrived in room and called.
My son and I are arriving late morning on the 15th next month (dependent on the AutoTrain arrival time) and my daughter is joining us later, arriving on MDE, probably around 1am-ish (actually on the 16th).
The DME paperwork arrived yesterday and all three of us are listed on it. I didn’t notice when I did on-line check in earlier this week that there wasn’t an option to enter our arrival time (and wouldn’t have known I should be able to if it wasn’t for these posts!).
Basically, Pop Century thinks we are arriving more than 14 hours later than we are.
I’ve got my TA working on it…part of the reason why I love using a TA even when I could easily plan everything on my own.