1. My Plans
The My Disney Experience app has been proved to be very helpful for me on a number of occasions. Gone are the days of trying to keep track of which parks we want to go to on certain days of the trip, or which night we’d like to stay late for the fireworks. Now keep track of everything from resort reservations to Fastpasses, and dining reservations, making it really easy to see what you have planned for your entire trip without doing any extra work. To view “My Plans” just tap the character at the bottom of the screen!
2. FastPass Selections
Remember the old days when you had to physically go to a certain attraction to get a Fastpass for it? With the My Disney Experience app, you can make Fastpasses on the go from wherever you are using your smart phone. I don’t typically make my Fastpasses too far ahead of time, so being able to choose which rides I want to use Fastpasses for on the go has been a lifesaver.
3. Mobile Food and Beverage Ordering
When the newest quick service spot in Animal Kingdom (Satu’li Canteen) joined the Disney World list of awesome quick service restaurants, Mobile Ordering was born! It’s super simple to use mobile ordering. Just tap the “Order Food” option, add items to your cart, and pay for your food right from your phone. Tap when you are in the area for pick up and your food arrives at the special Mobile Order window quickly. Quick Service locations accepting Mobile Ordering beside are vast and spread throughout all four parks, Disney Springs, and even making their way to Disney Resorts!
4. Wait times
It makes me feel old to say this, but I remember the days when going to Walt Disney World just meant standing in line, and there really wasn’t a way to know how long the line would take, or what the wait times of the other attractions in the park were. With the My Disney Experience app, guests can view the wait times for any attraction at the Walt Disney World Resort regardless of their location. This feature also comes in handy when planning for Fastpass selections, as it helps guests to know which rides they actually need a Fastpass for.
Disney’s PhotoPass service is linked to the My Disney Experience app, meaning guests are able to see their photos soon after they are taken using their smart phone. This includes any photos taken with PhotoPass photographers in the parks, at character meet and greets, select dining locations, and even on-ride photos. Guests who have already purchased Memory Maker can even download the photos directly to their phones as soon as they are available.
6. Friends and family
The ability to link up with friends and family using the app has made planning for a large group so much easier. Take Fastpass for instance. In the old days, guests would often send one member of the family to an attraction with everyone’s tickets to pick up Fastpasses for the entire group. Now with My Disney Experience, guests can quickly and easily make plans and include their family and friends in those plans once their accounts are linked up.
7. Card/band management
Managing your park tickets and Magic Bands has never been easier. To do anything with the bands and tickets using the app, the unique code of each ticket must be added to the account. Once this is done, you are able to see how many cards and bands you have, and which ones are active. This feature makes planning much easier, as you shouldn’t catch yourself heading to the parks with a ticket that isn’t active.
While I do still enjoy picking up a physical map when I enter the parks, My Disney Experience has made it so that guests will always have a map of the whole resort right in their pockets. If you’re not sure where the parade route is, or how to get to the restaurant you’re eating at, you won’t find yourself scrambling through a backpack looking for a map– as long as you can find your phone, you’ll have a map.
9. Website features
Most of the website features seen on waltdisneyworld.com can be accessed through the My Disney Experience app. If you’re looking for information on what attractions have to offer, or which restaurant you’d like to eat at, the app will look very similar to the website. It is easy to use, and full of helpful information without needing to scroll through the pages of the website that you’d probably only really want to visit while on a computer.
The My Disney Experience app also includes a tab which lets guests know where different character meet and greets can be found around the park. Instead of carrying around a times guide, and reading through the times to find a time you prefer, the app will automatically update to show only the times that are still left in the day, or the next times closest to the current time.
11. Easy to use
Even for those guests who are not super comfortable with technology, the app is pretty easy to use. The features are self explanatory, the as I’ve mentioned, the planning pages are helpful for any guest touring the parks. And if you ever do have a hard time finding what you’re looking for on the app, any cast member in the parks will be happy to assist you.