On two previous trips, we elected to bypass the on-property resort, and go straight to the parks. In one case we drove straight to EP and in the other, we drove to the resort, parked the car, bypassed the check-in desk and rode Disney transportation to the park (MK). Both times we did online check-in and both times we were stopped at the park gates and we had to go to Guest Services to sort everything out. A CM had to activate our bands for entrance.
I thought one could go straight to the parks with an active reservation and a park ticket. Maybe not? Am I doing something incorrectly? I have a trip coming up next week and we are driving down, staying one night off property, and then driving to MK to start the next day.
Our on-site reservations start Dec. 18 at CBR with a park reservation for MK. Thanks.