Thursday, June 28, 2018

Disney's My Disney Experience App

I haven't posted about Disney World in a long while.  Too long if you ask me.  

Since I started writing Disney posts seven years ago the parks have changed.  The rooms and hotels have changed.  Disney is constantly evolving and I'm sure anyone who follows Disney has a hard time keeping up. 

Me included.

One of Disney's features that I find extremely helpful is the My Disney Experience app.  When the whole smart phone thing started I was slow to adjust.  But I quickly picked up on how incredibly helpful the My Disney Experience app is while I was vacationing in Walt Disney World. 

For anyone not in the know, MDE is the official Walt Disney World mobile app and it's handy as a swimming pool in the middle of summer. You can schedule fast passes, modify fast passes while in the parks, check in and our family's favorite, check wait times throughout the park. 

A few of my favorite features of the app:

Fast Pass+

I already mentioned the ability to manage your Fast Pass+ selections on the MDE app. You can choose your Fast Pass+ experiences up to sixty days in advance (if you are staying at a Disney World resort; off property it is 30 days). You can choose up to three attractions a day in advance. Once you redeem those passes, you can add fast pass selections (one at a time) for the park you are in.  

With the MDE app you can modify your selections on the go as you vacation.  We all know plans tend to change, and this app allows change to be easier than ever. 

*During peak seasons, FP+ selections "sell out."  Once so many people have reserves times there will not be availability.  Never give up a FP time without checking your new attraction of choice has availability!*

Check Wait Times

This feature by far and away is our family's favorite.  At any point in the day you can pull up the current wait times for every attraction in every park.  This is very handy when you are out of Fast Passes or your next Fast Pass is an hour away.  

Even more handy if you plan on walking across the park in 90 degrees only to find Soarin' is temporarily out of service.  

This has happened to us many times. 

I'll find my kids at random times throughout the year checking how long the waits are in Walt Disney World.

"Mom!  The wait for Tower of Terror is three hours long!"  

Awesome.  Now get that homework done. 

Bus Arrival

The transportation system throughout WDW is a beautiful thing. But as with everything, there are flaws.  We have waited well past the twenty minutes Disney advertises while trying to get to a park. The app now has the ability to give you an estimated time the bus will arrive, which will cut back on running to the bus stop every morning in case the next bus is headed to your park. 

Family Sharing

Disney is often a family vacation shared with extended family or friends.  The MDE app gives you the ability to sync Fast Pass+ selections so you can all enjoy attractions together.  If you invite someone via the app to be your "friend" you can share experiences and travel plans. 

Check In

I'm a bit nostalgic, so this one still has to grow on me. I have many memories of myself waiting in the huge lobbies of the WDW resorts waiting for my dad to check us in.  I also can see my kids, as toddlers, huddled around the television in the lobby of the Wilderness Lodge watching old school Mickey cartoons while I checked my family in.  

But the one constant is change, and the ability to check in on the MDE app is a helpful tool for many families. You can start check in prior to your arrival, and even submit your estimated arrival time. You'll receive a notification when your room is ready, and you can even open the door with your magic bands.  

I guess that's kinds cool. 

Along with the above features I outlined, you can order food (I have yet to use this so I don't feel comfortable saying how great it is) check park hours and reserve dining.  

Check out more about the My Disney Experience app at 

Happy Planning! 

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