With all of the Mymagic+ changes that Disney has introduced over the past year, planning a Disney vacation is easier and better than ever. However, so much change can be confusing. Luckily, if you have a mobile device, the My Disney Experience app (available on Apple and Android devices) can make planning your Walt Disney World family vacation so much easier.
Here’s how to use the My Disney Experience App to improve your Disney vacation.
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My Disney Experience App
It’s free to download the app, so make sure you do it when you start planning your vacation. Once you have it installed, you can start setting it up. If you also visit Disneyland, you’ll still need to download the Disney World app. They are two separate apps, although you’ll be able to use the same login ID and password.
First, you’ll link your Disney Parks tickets to your account if you’ve got paper tickets. It’s easy to do in the app – you can scan the code, or input the numbers directly. Do this well in advance of your trip so you can make dining and FastPass+ reservations before you leave. If you don’t already have tickets, you can purchase them within the app.
We also recommend that you purchase discount tickets through Get Away Today.
Then, you can choose FastPass+ reservations. These can also be done in the park, while you are there. Here’s a screenshot showing availability at a little after noon on a Thursday. Remember to make any popular FastPass experiences well in advance (60 days for resort guests, 30 days for off-property guests).
Now, after you use the first three allocations you have, you can make additional reservations, and the app is a great way to do that on the go. Do it as soon as you use your last reserved one, so you can have the most options.
Looking to make dining reservations? You can easily see which restaurants have availability, and see what time they have open. Reservations can be made in advance or for the same day. I usually try to make Disney dining reservations well in advance, but the app is great for looking for last minute availability when you are in the parks, or if you want to make a change.
You can even see menus and other available times, right through the app.
Some quick service locations throughout the park will let you order food through the app. This can be a great way to avoid lines, and you’ll be able to pay right through the app as well. Mobile ordering is definitely a great way to save time when trying to do as much as possible at Walt Disney World.
Entertainment options are also available through the My Disney Experience app. You’ll find locations and times for specific shows for the day.
If you want to get information about events and tours, there’s a tab on the app that can show you. If you’ve enabled location services and are in the park, it will also show you how far you’ll need to go. You can also get park hours of each park, which can help you make decisions on the fly.
You can also use the My Disney Experience app to find out what the current wait times are for every attraction within the parks. If you don’t have a FastPass+ reservation, this is a great way to decide whether or not you want to walk over to an attraction. It’s also good to use if a particular ride happens to be down. You can use the app to see when it’s running again, so you won’t have to keep walking over.
Using Memory Maker? Use the app to buy Memory Maker, view/link pictures, and show your PhotoPass code.
The My Disney Experience app can definitely help you make changes and updates to your trip in advance of your trip, as well as during your stay. Download it before you go to make your trip even better!
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